Minimum Wage Increase Information

Below is information sent to us for you from the Alberta Chamber of Commerce:

Minimum Wage:

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.

Click here to view the Provincial Government’s Announcement on the October 1 Minimum Wage Increase and more details.

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

jseib@abchamber.ca

 

Call to Action: Minimum Wage Increase Survey

On May 23, Alberta’s chambers passed new resolutions at the Alberta Chambers of Commerce’s Annual Policy Session. Amongst the new policies developed by our federation’s community chambers is a new policy entitled:

Impacts of Significant Wage Increase: This new policy addresses the Provincial Government’s proposal to raise Alberta’s minimum wage to $15 per hour from its current rate of $10.20 per hour.

On Friday, May 29, 2015, Lori Sigurdson, the Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training, and Labour announced that consultations regarding a minimum wage increase would take place in June. It is expected that consultations will be complete by early July and the phased increases will take effect starting October 1, 2015.

As we receive more information regarding the consultation process, locations, and dates, we will keep you informed.

The ACC is looking to gather information on the impacts of this minimum wage increase from Alberta’s businesses. This survey. will provide us them with a better understanding of the the concrete effects of this change. Moreover, they will take this information to the provincial government to ensure that they fully understand its impacts.

If you prefer to copy and paste the survey URL in your browser it is:

http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07eb3nukpziafpucyy/start

Please complete this survey at your earliest convenience.