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Manitoba Provincial Payroll Information

This page provides provincial payroll information for the province of Manitoba. Click one of the links below to move directly to the corresponding section. To view Federal information, please click here.

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Minimum Wage  Hours of work  Worker's Compensation  Leaves  Statutory Holidays  Minimum Age  Pay Statements  Terminations  Vacationable Earnings  Provincial Health


  • TD1 - Basic Personal Amount - Every person employed in Manitoba and every pensioner residing in Manitoba can claim the personal exemption amount of $9,271 for 2017.
  • Federal Basic Exemption - The Federal Basic Exemption amount is $11,635 for 2017.

Note: This information is meant to serve as a guide only. Readers are encouraged to consult the full legislation of the Manitoba Employment Standards Code. Here are some online resources:

Minimum Wage in Manitoba

The province of Manitoba has two wage rate standards as follows:

Parties Applicable Wage Rate
General $11.15 as of October 1, 2017.
Security Guard

$13.40 as of October 1, 2017.
After September 30, 2017, the minimum wage for security guards is set to remain at $2.25 higher than the provincial minimum wage.

Hours of Work in Manitoba

The type of employee excluded from this legislature are government employees, commissioned salespeople, businesses with all family members, etc.

Period Rate
Maximum No regulation - must be safe for workers
Overtime Any hours over 8.00 hours/day or 40.00 hours/weeks whichever is greater
Overtime Rate 1 and 1/2 times the employee's regular rate of pay
Break Period 30 minutes per 5 consecutive hours worked
Rest Period 24 consecutive hours per week

Worker's Compensation in Manitoba

The Maximum Assessable Earnings amount for 2017 is $127,000. The deadline for submission is the last day of February.

Advance of future earnings Awards (If on T-4 or should be on T-4
Board and lodging/room and board Bonuses earned and discretionary bonuses (Christmas/Long Service)
Casual labour Commission
Cost of Living Allowance Deemed workers' earnings (labour portion of contract)
Directors' earnings (only if coverage applied for and approved) Disability benefits paid by employer
Dividends paid to shareholders on a T4 or T4A Employer share of fringe benefits (if taxable)
Exchange of labour Family members (when earnings are not recorded in business records but earnings paid)
Fire & ambulance workers (volunteer) - (premium based on number of volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers, not  
earnings) Gratuities/Tips (If recorded)
Honorariums (if part of a contract or condition of employment) Income splitting between spouses when included on spouse's T4
Northern benefits (If on T-4 or should be T-4) Notice period (in lieu of) (T4) (two weeks)
Overtime Paid leave (layoff, maternity, sabbatical)
Partner's earnings (Only if coverage applied for and approved) Payment in lieu of benefits
Pay equity Profit sharing
Piece worker earnings Proprietor's earnings (Only if coverage applied for and approved)
Profit sharing premiums (if taxable) Recreational facilities, social or athletic club fees (if on T-4 or should be on T-4)
Severance / Separation (as required by law) Regular salary or wages
Sick leave (paid) Shift pay (outside normal hours)
Standby pay Sick pay credit
Statutory holiday pay Transportation to the job (if taxable)
Top Up - from WCB benefits to regular wages Vacation/Holiday pay
Uniforms and special clothing (if taxable) Volunteer activity (only if coverage applied for and approved)
Value of service Volunteers (only if coverage applied for and approved)
Taxable Benefits
Car Life Insurance premiums
Living Allowance Loans
Moving Professional membership fees
Provincial medicals, etc. RRSP (employer contribution)
Stock options (employer contribution) Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA) (employer contribution)
Tools Other benefits (taxable)
Board of Director (municipal operations), not T4'd, paid for meetings & inspection duties Death benefits
Dividends (paid to shareholders on a T5) Excess earnings
Expense allowance paid to a volunteer Firefighter/Emergency Services
Firefighters up to $500 per year Honorariums
Municipal Councilors (without Order in Council) Out of Province earnings paid to other WCB(s)
Outworker earnings Pension and retirement benefits
Pre-retirement earnings Reimbursement of expenses (non-taxable)
Retiring allowances paid at termination (T4A) Long service /Loss of office compensation Severance/Separation pay based on years of service
Shareholder loans repaid Sick pay credit paid on termination (T4A)
Student awards, honorariums, bursaries, scholarships providing they are not received as a condition of employment WCB benefits

Leaves of Absence in Manitoba

Maternity Leave
Time with Employer 7 consecutive months
Required Notice four weeks
Length of Leave The maternity leave period is 17 weeks, with no pay.
Extension of Leave The time between estimated and actual delivery, if delivery is late.
Benefits Maintained No
Parental Leave
Time with Employer 7 consecutive months
Required Notice 4 weeks
Length of Leave 37 consecutive weeks taken any time within the 52-week period following the birth or care and custody of the child, immediately following the pregnancy leave.
Extension of Leave no specification at this time
Benefits Maintained No
Adoption Leave
Time with Employer Same as Parental Leave
Required Notice Same as Parental Leave
Length of Leave 37 weeks
Paid No
Compassionate Care Leave
Time with Employer 30 Days
Required Notice 1 pay period with medical certificate stating family member has significant risk of death within 26 weeks
Length of Leave 8 weeks
Paid No
Bereavement Leave
Time with Employer At least 30 days
Required Notice Employers may request a reasonable verification
Length of Leave 3 days
Paid No
Sick Leave
There is no provincial law that requires employers to provide sick days or pay for sick days. Employers may offer sick days at their discretion by employment contract.
Voting Leave
Time with Employer N/A
Required Notice N/A
Length of Leave Three consecutive hours
Paid Yes

Statutory Holidays in Manitoba

Holiday 2017 2016 2015 2014
New Year's Day Sun., Jan. 01 Fri., Jan. 01 Thu., Jan. 01 Wed., Jan. 01
Louis Riel Day Mon, Feb. 20 Mon, Feb. 08 Mon, Feb. 09 Mon, Feb. 10
Good Friday Fri., Apr. 14 Fri., Mar. 25 Fri., Apr. 03 Fri., Apr. 18
Victoria Day Mon., May. 22 Mon., May 23 Mon., May 18 Mon., May. 19
Canada Day Sat., July 01 Fri., July 01 Wed., July 01 Tue., July 01
Labour Day Mon., Sep. 04 Mon., Sep. 05 Mon., Sep. 07 Mon., Sep. 01
Thanksgiving Day Mon., Oct. 09 Mon., Oct. 10 Mon., Oct. 12 Mon., Oct. 13
Christmas Day Mon., Dec. 25 Sun., Dec. 25 Fri., Dec. 25 Thu., Dec. 25

Whenever the following holidays land on a Saturday or Sunday, New Year's Day, Canada Day, Christmas Day, the employer must grant his or her employee a holiday with pay on the next working day immediately preceding or following the holiday, providing that the holiday is a provincial requirement. If the statutory holiday is worked during a regularly scheduled work day then the employee must receive their regular rate of pay plus time and a half.

Remembrance Day is a statutory holiday under the Remembrance Day Act but not under the Employment Standards Act. Most industries are required to observe Remembrance Day by remaining closed and ceasing business operations on November 11th.

The Retail Businesses Closing Act applies to the following holidays: Good Friday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and Sunday**

** Municipalities can pass by-laws so that stores can remain open on certain holidays, including Sundays.

In addition to the federal holidays above, the province recognizes a provincial statutory holiday called Louis Riel Day. Louis Riel Day, which falls on the third Monday in February, is not necessarily granted in the case of people employed in the retail industry. In this case it is the employer's decision to grant the day off. If the day off is not granted then the employer must grant another day off in place of Louis Riel Day.

Minimum Age in Manitoba

If the employer certifies that the work is in no way harmful to a child then a child under 16 can be employed with a permit that is signed by a parent or guardian, school principal and the employer. Employees under age 16 cannot work beween the hours of 11:00pm and 6:00am.

Pay Statements in Manitoba

For Manitoba the pay is required semi-monthly or more frequently. The employee must receive their regular wages within five working days after each period. By legislation, Manitoba pay statements must contain the following (though employers may include additional items):

Pay Statement Inclusions
Wage rate and any rate changes Net pay
Changes in rates or deduction amounts Total hours worked
Gross earnings Overtime wages
Itemized Deductions  

Termination Notice in Manitoba

Individual Terminations
Length of Employment Notice Required
Less than 30 days None
30 days to less than 1 year 1 week
1 year to less than 3 years 2 weeks
3 years to less than 5 years 4 weeks
5 years to less than 10 years 6 weeks
10 years or more 8 weeks

Group Terminations
Number of Employees Notice Required
50 to 100 10 weeks
101 to 299 14 weeks
300 plus 18 weeks

Vacationable Earnings in Manitoba

Inclusions and Exclusions
Work related bonuses (cash) Profit Sharing (if part of employer remuneration package)
Call in pay Regular salary/wages/retroactive
Call back pay Shift premium
Commissions earned at employer's premises Tips and Gratuities
Commissions earned by a route salesman Statutory - General Holidays
Commissions earned away from employer's premises  
Taxable Benefits such as:
Board & lodgings (if part of employer remuneration package)
Allowances (Car, clothing, moving, travel) Previously paid vacation pay
Discretionary bonuses (cash) Severance/Plant severance
Directors' fees Sick pay - Sick days
Gifts (cash or in kind) Standby pay (Contact Employment Standards Division for ruling)
Overtime pay Statutory - Company Holidays (floaters)
Provincial medical RRSP / Stock options
Retiring allowance Maternity leave top-ups
Pay in lieu of notice/Termination pay  
Taxable Benefits:
Company car / parking Loans
Life Insurance

Vacation Entitlement
Length of employment Entitlement
1 to 4 years 2 weeks or 4%
5 years or more 3 weeks or 6%

Provincial Health

The Health and Post Secondary Education Tax Levy is a tax imposed on remuneration that is paid to employees by employers with a permanent establishment in Manitoba. There are no employee premiums required in Manitoba.

Remuneration Amount
First $1 Million 0%
Between $1 million and $2 Million 4.3% of accumulated remuneration in excess of $1 Million
Over $2 Million 2.15% of monthly remuneration


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