Navigating the Waves: Upcoming Minimum Wage Increases Across Canada

September 29, 2023

As we step into October, several provinces in Canada are embracing changes in their minimum wage rates. This adjustment is crucial for both workers and businesses, impacting the livelihoods of many and the operational costs of companies. In this post, we'll delve into the details of these changes and explore what they mean for the workforce and the business landscape, especially for companies like GigHound that provide temporary unskilled labour to businesses across Canada via a mobile app.

The Changes:

This weekend, we will witness minimum wage increases in the following provinces:

Saskatchewan: $14/hr

Nova Scotia, PEI, & Newfoundland & Labrador: $15/hr

Ontario: $16.55/hr


For Workers:

For workers, especially those in unskilled labour positions, an increase in the minimum wage means a direct enhancement in their earning potential. This adjustment is a step towards ensuring that every worker can afford a decent standard of living, even with the most basic jobs. It is particularly significant for those who rely on temporary gigs and part-time jobs, as it offers them a more stable financial footing.

For Businesses:

For businesses, especially those relying on unskilled labour, the increase in minimum wage represents a rise in operational costs. Companies will need to reevaluate their budgets and possibly adjust their pricing strategies to maintain a balance. It is crucial for businesses to stay informed and prepared for these changes to navigate through them seamlessly.

Impact on GigHound’s Partners

GigHound provides a platform for businesses across Canada to access temporary unskilled labour efficiently. With the rise in minimum wage, businesses partnering with GigHound need to be cognizant of the new wage rates when posting gigs on the platform. This ensures compliance with provincial regulations and fosters a fair and equitable environment for workers.

Provincial Insights


In Ontario, the minimum wage is set to increase to $16.55 an hour. This change is part of the province's commitment to ensuring that workers receive wages that reflect the rising cost of living. More details can be found here.


Saskatchewan is adjusting its minimum wage to $14/hr, following a market adjustment. This adjustment is crucial for maintaining balance in the province’s labour market. More about this can be read here.

Newfoundland & Labrador:

Newfoundland & Labrador are increasing their minimum wage to $15/hr. This increment is aimed at ensuring that the workforce in the province is compensated fairly, reflecting the economic conditions and living costs. For more information, refer to the official release here.

Nova Scotia:

Nova Scotia is also adjusting its minimum wage to $15/hr. This adjustment is essential for maintaining a fair and balanced labour market in the province and ensuring that workers are compensated adequately. More details can be found here.

Prince Edward Island (PEI):

PEI is joining the provinces in increasing the minimum wage to $15/hr. This change is crucial for ensuring that workers in PEI receive fair compensation that aligns with the cost of living in the province. Read more about this here.


The upcoming minimum wage increases across various provinces in Canada are a pivotal development for workers and businesses alike. While it promises a better standard of living for the workers, it also poses challenges for businesses in terms of increased operational costs. Companies like GigHound play a crucial role in this landscape, providing a platform for fair and equitable labour practices and helping businesses navigate through these changes efficiently.

Stay informed about the latest developments in labour laws and ensure compliance to foster a fair and equitable working environment. Explore GigHound’s platform for temporary unskilled labour and learn how it works to make the most out of it in cities like Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and beyond.

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