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Minimum Wage and Reporting for Duty Pay

Minimum Wage

Effective October 1, 2018, the minimum wage is $11.06 per hour.

Most employees must be paid at least minimum wage for each hour they are required or permitted to work, or are at the employer's disposal.

The minimum wage in Saskatchewan is indexed. This means the minimum wage rate is calculated using changes in the Consumer Price Index (CPI), a collection of goods and services typically purchased by households, and the Average Hourly Wage in Saskatchewan for the previous year. This approach helps provide security for minimum wage earners and ensure predictability for business owners in the province.

Changes to the minimum wage must be announced on or before June 30th of each year and will take effect October 1st of the same year to give business owners the ability to plan for the change.

Reporting for Duty Pay

Most employees get a minimum payment (“reporting for duty” pay) every time their employer requires them to report for work (other than for overtime), even if there is no work for them. Employees are to be paid a minimum of three hours at their hourly wage.  If an employee does work, but works less than three hours, the employer is still required to pay the employee for a minimum of three hours of work at the employee’s hourly wage.

For example, if an employee, who is paid $15/hour, is called in to work and is sent home as there is no work for them to do, the employer is required to pay the employee $45 (minimum three hours of work at the employee’s hourly wage). If the same employee was called into work, and only worked two hours, the employer would still be required to pay the reporting for duty pay to the employee of $45.

Special reporting for duty pay rules apply to: 
  • Students in Grade 12 or lower during school term
  • School bus drivers
  • Noon hour supervisors employed by a school board

If these employees work, they are only paid for the time worked with a minimum of one hour.

For these employees, reporting for duty pay is one hour at their regular hourly wage. For example, if a high school student reports for work during the school term but is sent home after half an hour, the student must be paid for one hour at their regular hourly rate. If it was not the school term, the student would be paid three hours of reporting for duty pay. 

The Minimum Wage Regulations were amended to establish age 16 as the general minimum age of employment in Saskatchewan. An "absolute" minimum age of 14 has also been established provided those 14 and 15 year old workers fulfill certain requirements.

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