Employment Standards

Employment Standards staff help employees and employers learn about their rights and responsibilities in the workplace.

Questions about the rights and responsibilities of employees and employers in Manitoba? Call our general inquiry lines at 204-945-3352 or toll free in Manitoba at 1-800-821-4307.

Claims and application forms can be submitted electronically to the Employment Standards email address indicated on those forms.


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Unscheduled drop-in services for the Employment Standards branch are not available at this time. Please contact us for assistance or to schedule an appointment.


We are pleased to support you by phone at 204-945-3352 (in Winnipeg) or 1-800-821-4307 (toll free). You can also access our information and services online.

Amendment to the Right to Refuse Work on a Sunday Update:

As of December 3, 2021 employees have the right to refuse work on a Sunday except in the following circumstances:

  • Employees who agreed in writing at the time of being hired to work on Sundays;
  • Employees under a collective agreement that provides that the employee must not refuse to work on Sundays; and
  • Employees who work in a retail business establishment where the number of persons, including the owner, employed for the sale of goods or services does not ordinarily exceed four persons at any one time.

Temporary Deemed Termination Provisions Update:  

The temporary deemed termination provisions ended when the State of Emergency expired at 4:00 pm on October 21, 2021.

Termination is triggered after an employee is laid off for a total of 8 weeks within a 16 week-period excluding any time between March 1, 2020 and October 21, 2021.

For more information, please see the Termination of Employment Factsheet.

National Day of Truth and Reconciliation – September 30

The Manitoba government is recognizing the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation on September 30 as a day of observance. It is not a general holiday; therefore, there are no restrictions limiting a businesses ability to be open on that day and no requirement to pay employees general holiday pay. Normal wage rates would apply to employees who work on September 30, 2021.

On May 12 2021, the Province of Manitoba passed a new paid COVID-19 Vaccination Leave. The new leave will provide employees up to three hours of paid leave for each time they are vaccinated against COVID-19. For more information, please see the COVID-19 Vaccination Leave fact sheet.


On May 7, 2021, the Province of Manitoba announced a new Manitoba Pandemic Sick Leave Program. This program will provide employers with up to $600 per employee for up to five full days of COVID-19 related sick leave.  For more information on this program, please visit their website Manitoba Pandemic Sick Leave Program.


Attention Employers

Last year, Manitoba introduced the Public Health Emergency Leave, a temporary job-protected leave for employees who are unable to work due to circumstances related to COVID-19. Employees can take an unpaid job-protected leave:

  • To complete quarantine, isolation or self-isolation;
  • When under medical examination, supervision or treatment due to COVID-19;
  • To comply with public health orders;
  • To provide care, support or assistance to a family member as a result of COVID-19
  • including school or day-care closures;
  • To reduce the employee’s exposure to others, in consultation with their employer;
  • If the employee is directly affected by travel restrictions imposed by public health orders; and
  • If the employee has an underlying condition, is undergoing treatment or has contracted an illness that make them more susceptible to COVID-19, in consultation with their employer.

To reduce strain on our health system, employers cannot request a note from a doctor, nurse or other health professional to verify an employee’s need to take the leave. However, employers can request reasonable verification of the need for the leave. For more information, please see the Public Health Emergency Leave fact sheet.

As this is an unpaid leave, workers may access benefits through the federal government’s COVID-19 benefit programs. For detailed information, please visit their website Federal COVID-19 Benefits


Young Employees - Young Worker Readiness Certificate Course is available for 13, 14 or 15 years old to complete before they begin work. This course replaces the requirement for a child employment permit. For more information read the Young Worker factsheet or start the course.

**Please DO NOT submit the certification of Completion to Employment Standards when you are hiring a young person. These certificates must be kept as part of an employer’s records.**

Minimum Wage Increase - Based on Manitoba’s Consumer Price Index for 2020, the minimum wage will increase on October 1, 2021 from $11.90 per hour to $11.95 per hour.

On December 12, 2020, the Retail Businesses Holiday Closing Act (RHBCA) was repealed eliminating province-wide restrictions on retail businesses’ ability to be open on holidays and Sundays. For more details please read the Sunday and Holiday Shopping Hours fact sheet.  

Temporary Amendments to Termination of Employment - Manitoba introduced a temporary exception to Employment Standards Regulation to give employers more time to recall employees laid off as a result of COVID-19. For detailed information, please see the new Temporary Amendments to Termination of Employment fact sheet. 

Certificate from a health professional - The requirement for an employee to provide a certificate from a health professional in respect of a leave provided for in The Employment Standards Code is also temporarily suspended.



More information about COVID-19 and Manitoba workplaces is available here.

For accurate, up-to-date, and fact-based information on COVID-19, please visit manitoba.ca/covid19

The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to help Canadians facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Please visit Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan for details.

Minimum Wage 

Minimum wage is $11.95 per hour as of October 1, 2021.

Security Guard Minimum Wage is $12.50 per hour. 

Construction minimum wage rates for the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI) and Heavy sectors are contained in the Regulations to The Construction Industry Wages Act.