Minimum Wage

The minimum wage is the lowest wage an employer can pay their employees. Every province sets and changes its own minimum wages. Most workers are eligible for minimum wage, whether they are full-time, part-time, or seasonal. In Manitoba, workers must be paid at least twice a month and within 10 business days of the end of a pay period.

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Here’s what employers need to know about minimum employment standards for paying wages.

Manitoba’s minimum wage is $11.95 per hour 

As of October 1, 2021, the minimum wage in Manitoba rose to $11.95. The provincial minimum wage rises every year on October 1 based on various factors. It is expected to increase by 40 cents to $12.35 by October 1, 2022.

The hourly minimum wage rate applies to most employees in Manitoba. However, there are some exemptions.  These include:

  • The industrial, commercial, and institutional construction sector have their own minimum wage rate.
  • Independent contractors.
  • Domestic workers who work less than 12 hours a week.
  • Workers in an approved provincial or federal training program.

Employers must stay on top of any change to the minimum wage. If you have any concerns about paying your employees, call Employer Line’s experts today. Our team is here around the clock to ensure you are compliant.

What does this mean for employers?

As the minimum wage changes annually, you’ll have to prepare your business by:

  1. Updating contracts and policies to reflect these changes.
  2. Communicating any transition to your staff.
  3. Ensuring your payroll systems are updated.

Managing minimum wage updates is a big job – and between running your business and managing your staff, payroll changes can sometimes be forgotten. Get expert support from Employer Line today.

Wages for reporting to work

Most workers are entitled to minimum pay for their scheduled shifts. This means they must be paid for at least 3 hours at their regular wage if the scheduled shift is longer than 3 hours. For example, an employee scheduled to work for 6 hours who is sent home after 2 hours is entitled to wages for 3 hours of work.

If the scheduled shift is shorter than 3 hours, employees must be paid for the length of the scheduled shift. Meaning that workers scheduled for 2 hours who are sent home after 1 hour are entitled to 2 hours of wages. 

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Employer Line is here to help you understand Manitoba’s regulations around compensation. Whether it’s a question about contracts or minimum wage, we’re here to help your business. 

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