The base wage rate in Newfoundland and Labrador will move from $11.65 to $12.15 per hour as of October 1, 2020.
Over the past few years, RCC was successful in convincing the government to move to a system whereby the province’s minimum wage is now determined by the previous year’s change in the Consumer Price Index (CPI).
Within this policy is a commitment to engage in special adjustments to the wage to ensure the CPI adjustment policy does not result in the province’s minimum wage falling too far behind the base wage in other parts of Canada. In 2019, Newfoundland and Labrador’s wage was falling behind and thus, the government announced that in addition to its regular minimum wage increases – which take place on April 1st of each year – it would implement special increases on October 1, 2020 and 2021. Following these special increases, the commitment is to return to the CPI formula where minimum wage increases only occur on April 1st of each year.
See more information on RCC’s guide to minimum wage rates across Canada.