Fair Wage Schedule for Federal Construction Contracts: Northwest Territories

Effective: May 15, 2013

Construction trades workers on the federal government construction contract containing this appendix must be paid a regular hourly wage rate no less than the rate on this schedule for the type of work they are doing under the contract.

The apprentice wage rates are included into this schedule by reference to the Northwest Territories Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Regulations (PDF 81 KB). Thus, where the Regulations refer to a percentage of a corresponding journeyperson's wage for a specific occupation, that percentage shall be applied against the wages listed below.

Wage Rates - Northwest Territories (PDF version 32.6 KB)

Schedule of Wage Rates : Northwest Territories.
Classification of Labour Fair Wage Rate per Hour not less than
Electricians $34.10
Plumbers $32.90
Carpenters $27.90
General Welder (Canadian Welders Bureau) $32.70
Plasterers, Drywall Installers, Finishers and Lathers $27.20
Painters $24.90
Heavy Equipment Mechanics $35.30
Truck Drivers $26.00
Heavy Equipment Operators (excluding Cranes, Graders and Asphalt and Paving Machines) $28.20
Helpers, Labourers (excluding Traffic Accommodation Persons) $18.90

Fair wage schedule prepared by: Labour Standards, Workplace Directorate Labour Program, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada Based on The National Construction Industry Wage Rate Survey (2010) conducted by the Small Business and Special Surveys Division, Statistics Canada.

Contractors should note:

  1. that the Fair Wages and Hours of Labour Act was repealed. Coming into force date is to be determined by order of the Governor in Council. The repeal will not affect any rights or obligations acquired or incurred under a contract or agreement to which the Act applied. All federal construction contracts containing a fair wage clause will continue to be governed by provisions of the Act for the duration of that contract; and
  2. that in carrying out any of the work contemplated by this contract, the contractor is also subject to any applicable provincial or territorial laws and regulations; and
  3. that overtime must be paid according to provincial or territorial legislation concerning hours of work at a rate equal to at least one and one-half times the fair wage rate; and
  4. that schedule rates are "straight" wages and do not include compensation in the form of benefits (for example, medical, dental or pension plans); and
  5. that in the event of a complaint under the Fair Wages and Hours of Labour Act, if the occupation of the complainant is not on the posted schedule, the Labour Program inspector will assign the most similar occupation from the schedule by comparing the national occupational classification (NOC) code and the job description that best defines the work actually done by the complainant.

For information concerning these schedules and The Fair Wages and Hours of Labour Act under which they are developed, or to lodge a complaint, contact your nearest Labour Program district office listed in the blue pages of your telephone directory under Government of Canada, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada or call 1-800-O-CANADA (1-800-622-6232).

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