Labour Standards and Wages

Labour Standards and Wages

Labour Standards
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:

Human Rights
 Human rights laws protect employees from unfair treatment and discrimination by employers based on sex, age, race, religion or disability.

Human Rights Commission of Newfoundland and Labrador

Canadian Human Rights Commission

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 ($)
Management occupations 37.63
Business, Finance and administrative occupations 22.64
Natural and applied sciences and related occupations 34.63
Health occupations 30.20
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.