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Nova Scotia

Minimum Wage

What is the minimum wage in NS?

The minimum wage for experienced employees is $9.65 per hour as of October 1, 2010. Minimum wage is $9.15 as of October 2010 for inexperienced workers (less than three months employed in the type of work they are hired to do).

Am I covered by the minimum wage law in NS?

The following groups of workers are not covered by the minimum wage law:

  • persons who are employed in a private home by the householder to provide domestic
  • for a member of the employee’s immediate family
  • for no more than 24 hours within a period beginning on a Sunday and ending on the following Saturday, or during such other 7 day period which is the customary pay period of the employer
  • persons under the age of 16 years engaged in work on a farm whose employment is directly related to the primary production of eggs, milk, grain, seeds, fruit, vegetables, Christmas trees, Christmas wreaths, maple products, honey, tobacco, pigs, cattle, sheep, poultry, or animal fur
  • employees for whom there are special orders by the Governor in Council
  • apprentices under an apprenticeship agreement in accordance with the provisions of the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act
  • all persons receiving training under government sponsored and government approved plans
  • persons employed at a playground or summer camp operated on a non-profit basis
  • real estate salespersons
  • automobile salespersons
  • salespersons, other than route salespersons, who are entitled to receive all or any part of their remuneration as commissions in respect of offers to purchase or sales of goods, wares, merchandise or services which offers are normally made other than at the employer’s establishment
  • insurance agents licenced as such under the Insurance Act
  • persons engaged in work on fishing vessels
  • employees and employers to whom the Minimum Wage Order (Logging and Forest Operations) or the Minimum Wage Order (Construction and Property Maintenance) applies

Which legislation determines the minimum wage?

The Nova Scotia Labour Standards Code and Regulations.

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