Nova Scotia Minimum Wage

March 20 2019 - On April 1, Nova Scotia's minimum wage will rise by 55 cents, to $11.55 an hour in line with the Minimum Wage Review Committee's recommendations.

The increase reflects the cost of living. Minimum wage increases take place annually, based on the previous year's national Consumer Price Index.

The minimum wage for an employee with less than three months' experience also increases to $11.05 an hour.

The Minimum Wage Order (General) also sets employment standards for the following:

  • overtime, for some groups
  • partial hours
  • being called into work at times other than scheduled working hours
  • employees waiting for work on the work premises
  • piecework
  • deductions for board, lodging, and meals
  • deductions for uniforms