Five Provinces Raised Their Minimum Wages Today

Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and Newfoundland and Labrador kicked October off on a generous note, as each province increased their minimum wage effective today.

If only marginally.

Alberta will see the biggest raise as minimum wage increases $1 from $10.20 to $11.20. Saskatchewan ($10.50) and Manitoba ($11) are each adding 30 cents to their minimum wage while Ontario ($11.25) and Newfoundland and Labrador ($10.50) are both increasing their minimum hourly wages by 25 cents.

It might not sound like much, but an extra quarter an hour = (roughly) $500 more a year.

These shifts mean New Brunswick is now home to the lowest minimum wage in the country at $10.30, while the Northwest Territories boast the highest at $12.50 an hour.

Workers who serve liquor, students under age 18, or those who get tips continue to be regarded as not worthy of minimum wage regulation and often earn less in some provinces.

In related news, the prices of many things also rose today.