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2020 NCL hourly wage rates now available

January 7, 2020  By Canadian Horticultural Council

The National Commodities List (NCL) hourly wage rates for the 2020 season are now available. Growers must use the 2020 hourly wage rates as a minimum when applying for their Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

The NCL wage for the upcoming year is the greater of the inflation-adjusted NCL wage from the previous year and the current minimum wage in the province/territory of employment.

The inflation-adjusted NCL wage rate for the upcoming year is determined by adjusting the NCL wage rates as of January 1st of the previous year by the rate of inflation.


The current rate of inflation is calculated using the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which represents the 12-month average of year-over-year comparison of all items at the Canadian level. For the 2020 Season, the CPI is calculated at 1.30%.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Robyn McKee, Manager, Policy Research and Development at or 613-226-4880 x209

This was originally published in the CHC’s HortShorts.


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