The minimum wage is the basic labour standard at which an employer can pay to the employees. It can also affect the rate at which other employees are being compensated. Many unions use the minimum wage as a starting point in which to negotiate wages.

The government of Alberta is committed to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2018. This will apply to adults, liquor servers, and young people. Starting October 1, 2016 the minimum wage in Alberta will rise by $1.00 from $11.20 to $12.20, in October 1, 2017 to $13.60 and October 1, 2018 to $15.00

Among other changes, employees working for 3 hours or less must be paid at least 3 hours at the minimum wage even if they are sent home.

Domestic employees who reside at the employer’s residence will see an increase of $532/month by 2018. Effective October 1st, 2016 the monthly rate will be $2,316/month, the next increase will be October 1, 2017 to $2,582/month and October 1, 2018 to $2,848/month.

The debate continues on both sides, employees benefiting from this increase welcome the idea; however Employers may have to cut their employment force to be able to accommodate higher labour costs.

Jeanette Benedith / Payroll Administrator / PEO Canada