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Alberta Government Announces Immediate Steps to Raise Minimum Wage
On June 29, Minister Lori Sigurdson announced the Government’s first steps towards raising the minimum wage. On October 1, the minimum wage will be increased from $10.20 to $11.20 per hour. The Minister indicated that the Government will continue to phase in increases over the next 3 years with the minimum wage reaching $15 per hour by 2018.
In addition, the Government will eliminate the lower minimum wage rate required for individuals serving liquor. On October 1, the minimum wage for individuals serving liquor will be increased from $9.20 to $10.70. This wage will be equalized over the next 2 years until it is equivalent to the standard minimum wage.
Below is a comment from ACC President and CEO, Ken Kobly.
“In a positive light, the Minister has taken steps to slow down the implementation of the new minimum wage. We acknowledge that the $1 increase is not as high as it could have been. We are also heartened by her comments indicating that there will be a robust consultation going forward. The ACC will make certain to hold her to that commitment.
While we still have issue with the equalization of minimum wages for liquor servers, we note that this equalization process will be phased in over 2 years, instead of all at once. Our community chamber members have indicated that this change is of particular concern.
We suggest that both new and returning MLAs spend their summer consulting with businesses in their communities on the proposed minimum wage increases. At the same time, we encourage community chambers to seek out opportunities to discuss this important topic with their provincial representatives.”
If you have any questions, please contact Jonathan Seib, Manager of Policy and Communications
Alberta Chambers of Commerce
780.425.4180 ext. 6
Toll-free in Alberta at 1.800.272.8854