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Minimum wage rising 4.7% in Nova Scotia to $15.20 per hour in April

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January 4, 2024
By Talent Canada

View of Province House from the south lawn. Credit: Communications Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia’s minimum wage is rising 4.7 per cent on April 1, 2024, to $15.20 per hour.

The increase follows the formula previously recommended by the Minimum Wage Review Committee and accepted by the government. Starting this year, the rate is to be adjusted by the national consumer price index plus one percentage point from the minimum wage rate set the preceding April.

That means an increase this year of 4.7 per cent from the April 2023 rate, it said.

“This year has been very difficult for many Nova Scotians – business owners and workers alike,” said Minister Jill Balser. “I am grateful to the Minimum Wage Review Committee for putting forward the perspective of both employers and employees so we can ensure a balanced approach to increasing the minimum wage.”


The minimum wage increased to $15 per hour on Oct. 1, 2023.

An average of six per cent of workers, or 26,200 Nova Scotians, worked for minimum wage during the period from April 2022 to March 2023, according to government data. They worked primarily in retail trade and the food and accommodation industries.

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