May 28, 2014 4:28 pm

Alberta’s minimum wage is going up

Alberta's minimum wage is going up.

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EDMONTON – Alberta’s minimum wage will increase to $10.20 on September 1.

The province’s general minimum wage will rise from $9.95 per hour to $10.20 to keep pace with rising provincial incomes and the cost of living.

“While Alberta has the lowest percentage of employees earning minimum wage in the country, these individuals form an important part of our workforce,” said Kyle Fawcett, minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour.

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“Many work in the service and retail sectors and are gaining the experience they need to succeed. These changes will give them a modest increase while keeping the viability of their employers in mind as well.”

Approximately 25,700 people (1.5 per cent of Alberta employees) earn minimum wage. Nationally, that number is 6.8 per cent.

The government says that with Alberta’s high personal exemption and low tax rates factored in, the new minimum wage is the second-highest in Canada, after Ontario.

The liquor server minimum wage will rise from $9.05 per hour to $9.20. This rate is lower to account for the tips generally earned by liquor servers.

For more information on minimum wage in Alberta, click here. 

 

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