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Alberta’s minimum wage set to increase


July 3, 2015
By Canadian Pizza

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July 3, 2015, Edmonton – Alberta’s general minimum wage will increase to $11.20 from $10.20 per hour on Oct. 1.

The liquor server minimum wage will rise to $10.70 from $9.20 per hour in the first of two steps to eliminate the differential rate altogether in 2016.

“Alberta’s minimum wage is currently the lowest in the country, yet we have one of the highest costs of living,” said Premier Rachel Notley. “We promised Albertans we would raise minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2018, and we will stick to that promise. We’re taking a significant step towards our goal for 2015 and will continue this path in future years.”

“We have listened closely to Albertans and have taken their views and suggestions into account. Our plan includes a $1 increase to the general minimum wage this year, plus a two-year phase out of the liquor server rate. We will continue to consult with stakeholders as we move forward on our goal over the next three years,” added Lori Sigurdson, Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour.

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Employers and employees 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 work.alberta.ca/minimumwage.