Employment Standards

Minimum Wage

What is minimum wage?

Minimum wage is the lowest wage an employer can legally pay to employees doing a specified job. Currently, in the NWT the minimum wage is $13.46 per hour. 

Effective September 1, 2021, the minimum wage will increase from $13.46 per hour to $15.20 per hour. 

How is the minimum wage determined in the NWT?

The Minister of ECE has the authority to adjust the minimum wage; this authority is set out in the Employment Standards Act and Regulations. 

The Minimum Wage Committee reviews and considers relevant information, including social and economic factors, and makes recommendations to the Minister on the minimum wage rate.

The Minimum Wage Committee reviews the NWT minimum wage rate against these factors every two years to ensure the rate continues to work for employees and employers.

Who is on the Minimum Wage Committee?

The Minimum Wage Committee includes representatives from industry, labour and non-governmental organizations and works to determine options for a minimum wage that strike a balance between the interests of employees and employers in the NWT.

The Committee is made up of 2 representatives of business, 2 representatives of labour organizations, 1 representative from a community organization, and 2 representatives from ECE. The work of the Committee is supported by GNWT staff from the Departments of Finance and ECE.