Date Posted

March 17, 2022

Rob Dombowsky, Industry Advisor, Human Resources & Labour, AMTA

On April 1, 2022, the federal minimum wage will increase to $15.55 per hour from $15.00 per hour.

The federal minimum wage, which came into force on December 29, 2021, is adjusted automatically on April 1 of every year, based on the average annual increase of the Consumer Price Index (CPI), as reported by Statistics Canada. This is to ensure that the federal minimum wage keeps pace with inflation. This year’s rate increase reflects the 3.4% annual average rise of the CPI for Canada in the previous calendar year, rounded up to the nearest $0.05.[1]

This change applies to all federally related private industries, including the road transportation sectors.  This does not apply to any provincially regulated employers in Alberta or any other province or territory other than Nunavut, which currently has a $16.00 per hour minimum wage, that applies to federally regulated employers.

AMTA anticipates that this will have negligible impact on our industry and membership as workers are generally highly skilled and command more than the minimum wage.

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[1] Employment and Social Development Canada (March 14, 2022)