Labour Standards and Wages
There are laws and regulations in place to protect workers in Newfoundland and Labrador. Employers must adhere to the provincial Labour Standards Act. This legislation imposes certain minimum conditions on most employment contracts of service. The Labour Standards Act sets minimum wage levels, hours of work, health and safety standards, vacation time, and other employment related regulations. The act is administered by the provincial Labour Relations Agency. If you have questions or concerns regarding labour standards and practices, contact the Labour Relations Agency by calling the province-wide information line at 1-877-563-1063, the St. John’s line at (709) 729-2742, or via E-mail: LabourStandards@gov.nl.ca.
Human rights laws protect employees from unfair treatment and discrimination by employers based on sex, age, race, religion or disability.
The current minimum wage in Newfoundland and Labrador is $10.50 per hour. This is the minimum amount an employer can pay you per hour.
|Average Hourly Wages of Employees by Profession
Newfoundland and Labrador, August 2014
|Average Hourly Wage ($)|
|Business, Finance and administrative occupations||22.64|
|Natural and applied sciences and related occupations||34.63|
|Occupations in social science, education, government service and religion||35.04|
|Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport||19.00|
|Sales and service occupations||15.34|
|Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations||24.78|
|Occupations unique to primary industry||21.50|
|Occupations unique to processing, manufacturing and utilities||19.62|
|Source: Adapted from Statistics Canada, October 1, 2014.|