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Nova Scotia Minimum Wage to Rise to $15.20 on April 1, 2024

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Nova Scotia’s minimum wage is set to increase to $15.20 per hour on April 1, 2024. The adjustment follows the formula recommended by the Minimum Wage Review Committee and accepted by the government. This approach considers the national consumer price index plus one percentage point from the previous year’s minimum wage rate, resulting in a 4.7% increase for 2024.

Committee’s Role in Annual Review

Under the Labour Standards Code, the Minimum Wage Review Committee, comprised of equal representation from employees and employers, is mandated to conduct an annual review of the minimum wage in Nova Scotia. The committee submitted its 2023 report to the Minister on December 11, shaping the basis for the upcoming wage adjustment.

Challenges Faced in 2023

Minister Balser acknowledges the challenges faced by both business owners and workers in 2023. The committee’s role is highlighted in considering perspectives from both sides, ensuring a balanced approach to increasing the minimum wage. The commitment to addressing the needs of employees and employers is crucial, especially in times of economic uncertainty.

Rate Adjustment Formula

Starting from this year, the minimum wage rate will be adjusted by the national consumer price index plus one percentage point from the previous year’s minimum wage rate. This formula aims to provide a fair and consistent method for determining wage increases, taking into account the economic conditions and ensuring workers receive a reasonable compensation.

Impact on Workers

The minimum wage in Nova Scotia was raised to $15 per hour on October 1, 2023. Approximately six percent of workers, totaling 26,200 Nova Scotians, were earning the minimum wage during the period from April 2022 to March 2023. These workers were primarily employed in retail trade and the food and accommodation industries, making the upcoming increase particularly significant for these sectors.


As Nova Scotia prepares for the minimum wage to rise to $15.20 per hour on April 1, 2024, the commitment to a formulaic approach ensures a fair and balanced adjustment that considers the economic realities faced by both employers and employees. The Minimum Wage Review Committee’s role in this process highlights the importance of collaboration between labor and business representatives in shaping policies that impact a significant portion of the workforce.


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