Attention Members – Minimum Wage Increase for October 1st, 2015

The Alberta Chamber has forwarded us the following letter:

Minimum wage in Alberta has fallen behind the earnings of Albertans in general. Gradually increasing minimum wage will help reduce staff turnover, improve fairness and help low-income Albertans meet their basic needs. Government will continue to work together with employers to assess the effects of increased minimum wages and plan for the future.

Effective October 1, 2015, the following increases to Alberta’s minimum wage rates will take effect:

The general minimum wage will increase from $10.20 to $11.20 per hour
The liquor server minimum wage will increase from $9.20 to $10.70 per hour
The weekly minimum wage for certain sales people, land agents and other professionals will increase from $406.00 to $446.00
The monthly minimum wage for domestic workers who live in their employer’s residence will rise from $1,937.00 to $2,127.00
Maximum deductions for consumed meals and accommodation provided by an employer are not changing. They will remain at $3.35 per day for each consumed meal, and $4.41 per day for lodging provided
Further details on Alberta’s new minimum wage rates can be found in the Minimum Wage fact sheet.

Please distribute this information to your employees, members and colleagues as you see fit.

Employers 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 the Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour website.

Thank you,

Humyra Sabir
Director, Employment Standards Policy, Legislation and Program Development
Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour