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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Alberta minimum wage to increase on Oct. 1

Alberta’s general minimum wage will increase from $11.20 to $12.20 per hour effective October 1. The lower liquor server rate of $10.70 per hour will also be eliminated on that date. The increase is the second in a series designed to culminate in a $15 per hour minimum wage by 2018. The lower minimum wage for liquor servers will also be eliminated.

According to Alberta Minister of Labour Christina Gray “Every Albertan working full time deserves to earn enough to provide the basics and live with dignity. Increasing minimum wage means fewer families having to visit the food bank to make ends meet. Albertans who see their wage increase will have more money to spend in the local economy on necessities like rent and groceries.”

Accroding to an Alberta Government press release, "On June 30, the province announced how the $15 per hour goal by 2018 will be reached. In addition to the 2016 increase, the general minimum wage will rise by $1.40 to $13.60 per hour on Oct. 1, 2017, and a further $1.40 to $15 per hour on Oct. 1, 2018.  The weekly minimum wage for some salespersons, land agents and other professionals will also rise from $446 to $486. The monthly minimum wage for domestic employees who live in the employer’s residence will rise from $2,127 to $2,316. Maximum deductions below minimum wage for meals and lodging will remain at $3.35 per consumed meal and $4.41 per day’s lodging."

Accroding to Alberta Government stats, approximately 300,000 individuals in Alberta earn less than  $15 per hour and nearly 62 per cent of low-income earners are female, more than 78% of low-income earners have permanent jobs, 54% work full time, and 38% have children.

Employers and employees with questions about minimum wages can contact the Employment Standards Contact Centre at 780-427-3731, or toll-free at 1-877-427-3731 or visit www.work.alberta.ca/es.

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