Federal Minimum Wage In Canada Rising To $16.65 On April 1

The federal minimum wage in Canada is set to rise to $16.65 per hour from April 1, up from $15.55.

According to the government, the increase in minimum wage is based on the Consumer Price Index, which rose 6.8 per cent in 2022.

The minimum wage set by the federal authority applies to both of the federally regulated public and private sectors which include banks, postal, courier services, interprovincial air, rail, road, and marine.

However, where the provincial or territorial minimum wage rate is higher than the federal rate, employers must apply the higher amount.

For those working in provinces or territories where the general minimum wage rate is higher, the higher rate will continue to apply.

Every year, the changes in minimum wage are made on April 1 on consideration of consumer price index.

In line with that, the federal minimum wage last increased from $15.00 to $15.55 per hour On April 1, 2022.

According to reports in local news outlets, the increase will help make life easier for approximately 26,000 Canadian workers who earn less than the current rate of $15.55.

List of Federally Regulated Industries and Workplaces In Canada :

The Canada Labour Code (the Code) regulates the following industries and workplaces :

Federally Regulated Private Sector (parts I, II, III and IV of the Code) In Canada :

  1. Air transportation, including airlines, airports, aerodromes and aircraft operations.
  2. Banks, including authorized foreign banks.
  3. Grain elevators, feed and seed mills, feed warehouses and grain-seed cleaning plants.
  4. First Nations band councils and Indigenous self-governments (certain activities).
  5. Most federal Crown corporations, for example, Canada Post Corporation
  6. Port services, marine shipping, ferries, tunnels, canals, bridges and pipelines (oil and gas) that cross international or provincial borders.
  7. Postal and courier services.
  8. Radio and television broadcasting.
  9. Railways that cross provincial or international borders and some short-line railways.
  10. Road transportation services, including trucks and buses that cross provincial or international borders.
  11. Telecommunications, such as, telephone, Internet, telegraph and cable systems.
  12. Uranium mining and processing and atomic energy.
  13. Any business that is vital, essential or integral to the operation of one of the above activities.

Federally Regulated Public Sector (parts II and IV of the Code only) In Canada :

  1. The federal public service.
  2. Parliament (such as, the Senate, the House of Commons and the Library of Parliament).

Private-sector firms and municipalities in Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut (part I of the Code only).


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