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Alberta Minimum Wage

July 1 2017 - A year ago Alberta's provincial government decided to move towards a minimum wage of $15 per hour by 2018. The rate was increased by $1 to $12.20 per hour on October 1 2016 and the previous liquor server rate was removed. Some professions used weekly or monthly minimum wage rates and these were raised to $486 and $2,316 respectively at the same time.

Christina Gray, Minister, Alberta Labour, said:

"Albertans who work full time should be able to live with dignity, and that means being able to afford rent, food and transportation for their families. This plan for Alberta's minimum wage provides long-term certainty to employers and workers."

The media release stated that the minimum wage will rise a further $1.40, to $13.60 per hour, on October 1, 2017, and by $1.40, to $15 per hour, on October 1, 2018. Weekly and monthly rates will rise by equivalent amounts.

Who gets paid less than $15 an hour?

About 296,000 individuals, or about 15.4% of Alberta employees, earn less than $15 an hour. 222,900 of these are non-students. 78% are permanent employees; 62 per cent are women; 38 per cent are families with children.

There is a detailed breakdown at Minimum Wage Earners (Government of Alberta website).