Labour Studies Index

Updated: 2022-05-16

Minimum Wage Rates in Canada: 1965-2015

Document type Report
Author Battle, Ken
Date 2015
Pages 30 pages


In January 2003, the Caledon Institute of Social Policy published the first comprehensive analysis of minimum wages in Canada, Minimum Wages in Canada: A Statistical Portrait with Policy Implications. The report plotted trends in adult minimum wages in Canada’s ten provinces and three territories1 from 1965 through 2001, and investigated the size and key characteristics of the minimum wage workforce nationally and in each province. Caledon updated its 2003 study with a 2011 version, Restoring Min- imum Wages in Canada. That paper tracked trends in minimum wage rates from 1965 through 2010. The current study, Minimum Wage Rates in Canada: 1965-2015, up- dates the data to 2015. It will be annually updated from now on.