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. If you have questions or concerns regarding labour standards and practices, contact the Labour Relations and Standards division by calling the province-wide information line at 1-877-563-1063, the St. John’s line at 709-729-2742, or via email

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

As of October 1, 2021 the minimum wage in Newfoundland and Labrador is $12.75 per hour. This is the minimum amount an employer can pay you per hour. Future adjustments to the minimum wage rate will be based on the annual Consumer Price Index for Canada. The new rate will be announced annually by government on April 1.

Average hourly wage rate by occupation
Both full and part-time employees, both sexes
Newfoundland and Labrador, 2020
  Average Hourly Wage ($)
Management occupations 44.26
Business, Finance and administrative occupations 27.32
Natural and applied sciences and related occupations 40.07
Health occupations 32.34
Occupations in education, law and social, community and government services 32.08
Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport 20.99
Sales and service occupations 16.64
Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations 27.52
Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations 26.86
Occupations in manufacturing and utilities 23.60
Total employees, all occupations       27.35
Source:  Statistics Canada Table14-10-0340-01