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 emailing

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 April 1, 2019 the minimum wage in Newfoundland and Labrador is $11.40 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, August 2017
  Average Hourly Wage ($)
Management occupations 38.06
Business, Finance and administrative occupations 24.89
Natural and applied sciences and related occupations 34.89
Health occupations 30.66
Occupations in education, law and social, community and government services 29.78
Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport 20.43
Sales and service occupations 15.46
Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations 25.72
Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations 25.41
Occupations in manufacturing and utilities 21.96
Total employees, all occupations                                                                                         24.91
Source: Adapted from Statistics Canada Table14-10-0307-01