Canada is a huge country (second place in the world) with rich natural resources, located in North America. It is washed by the waters of three oceans, borders on the south and north-west with the United States and has maritime borders with Denmark and France. It is a prosperous economically developed state with beautiful nature, high standard of living and large salaries.

Salary in Canada

The population of Canada is about 37.7 million people. Millions of foreigners from different parts of the world dream to live and work in this country. In addition to ethnic Canadians (about 30% of the population), the British, Scottish, French, Irishmen, Germans, Chinese, as well as a large number of Ukrainians and representatives of many other nationalities live here. Let's find out what salaries in Canada in 2020.

Minimum salary in Canada

According to official Canadian government data, the minimum wage in Canada in 2020 ranges from 11.32 to 15 canadian dollars per hour (C$) depending on the province, which corresponds to 8.4 and 11.2 U.S. dollars. By the way, in the United States this figure is 7.25 dollars. Canadian workers receive at least C$452.8-600 per week, C$1,960-2,600 per month, and C$23,545.6-31,200 per year.

Important. Each Canadian province (10) and territory (3) has its own labor standards, which set the lowest minimum wage an employer can pay workers.


Province Rate (Canadian dollars per hour) Introduction Date Future changes
Alberta 15 October 1, 2018
British Columbia 14.60 June 1, 2020 Rate will increase to $15.20 per hour from June 1, 2021
Ontario 14 January 1, 2018 From April 2021 the rate will increase to $ 14.25
Yukon 13.71 April 1, 2020 Adjusted annually relative to the Consumer Price Index (April 1)
Northwest Territories 13.46 April 1, 2018
Northwest Territories 13.10 May 1, 2020
Nunavut 13 April 1, 2016 Adjusted annually relative to consumer price index (April 1)
Prince Edward Island 12.85 April 1, 2020
Nova Scotia 12.55 April 1, 2020 From April 2021 the rate will be raised to $13.10; from April 1, 2022 the rate will be adjusted relative to the consumer price index
New Brunswick 11.70 April 1, 2020 Adjusted annually to Consumer Price Index (April 1)
Newfoundland and Labrador 11.65 April 1, 2020 Adjusted annually to the Consumer Price Index (April 1), but on October 1, 2020 and 2021 the government will make additional increases (from October 1, 2020 to $12.15)
Manitoba 11.65 October 1, 2019
Saskatchewan 11.32 October 1, 2019 On October 1 of each year the rate is adjusted relative to the consumer price index

Certain categories of Canadian workers are not subject to the minimum wage requirements at the national level – management and administration staff, students, participants in internship and rehabilitation programs, salespeople working only on commission. In addition, rates may be higher or lower depending on the profession. For example, this applies to domestic staff, construction workers and agricultural workers.

Average salary in Canada

According to the Canadian Statistics Office, the average salary in Canada in 2020 is C$26.9 per hour (20 USD). That is, before taxes, a local employee earns about C$1,075 per week, C$4,660 per month and C$55,900 per year. Canadian workers' income is highly dependent on education, skill level, experience, occupation, employer and province.

Important. Men in Canada earn on average C$32.32 per hour, while women earn C$28.69. Permanent workers earn C$31.34 per hour, and temporary workers earn C$24.14.


Sector of economy Canadian dollars per week
Forestry, fishing, mineral extraction 1,783.21
Utilities 1,705.13
Public administration 1,472.70
Professional, scientific and technical services 1,448.92
Finance and insurance 1,306.53
Education 1,266.28
Construction 1,264.71
Production 1,154.16
Transportation and warehousing 1,139.80
Culture and recreation 1,133.73
Health care and social assistance 1,035.80
Wholesale and retail trade 825.73
Agriculture 800.12
Accommodation and meals 534.11
Other services 978.74


Province of Canada Canadian dollars per week
British Columbia 1,929.56
North-West Territories 1,503.14
Nunavut 1,474.85
Yukon 1,200.17
Alberta 1,182.04
Newfoundland and Labrador 1,064.73
Ontario 1,064.13
Saskatchewan 1,053.77
Quebec 988.34
Manitoba 961.23
New Brunswick 960.06
Nova Scotia 926.76
Prince Edward Island 886.12

Note. Average salaries in Canada by sector and province are based on current official Canadian Statistics Office data.

In conclusion, the unemployment rate in Canada is about 7.8%, and the income tax rate in 2020 ranges from 15% (income to C$48,535 per year) to 33% (income over C$214,368 per year).

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