Minimum Wage

“We’re committed to bringing Alberta’s general minimum wage up to $15 per hour to give lower-income Albertans the ability to support their families.”
- Christina Gray, Minister of Labour

Current Minimum Wages in Alberta

Effective October 1, 2015:

  • General hourly minimum wage – $11.20 for most employees
  • An hourly minimum wage of $10.70 for employees serving liquor as part of their regular job
  • A weekly minimum wage of $446 for many salespersons, including land agents and certain professionals
  • A monthly minimum wage of $2,127 for domestic employees living in their employer’s home.

Upcoming changes to Minimum Wages
Alberta’s general minimum wage will rise by $1.00 to $12.20 per hour and the current liquor server rate will be abolished effective October 1, 2016.

Weekly and monthly minimum wages used by certain professions will rise to $486 and $2,316, respectively, at the same time.

Minimum wage will rise a further $1.40 to $13.60 per hour on October 1, 2017, and by $1.40 to $15 per hour on October 1, 2018. Weekly and monthly rates will rise by equivalent amounts.


Here is what we know about Albertans who make minimum wage (2015/16 statistics):

  • Approximately 59,000 Albertans earn minimum wage.
  • The majority of minimum-wage earners (61 per cent) are female.
  • Approximately 43 per cent of minimum-wage earners work full time, and nearly 77 per cent have permanent jobs.

Here is what we know about low-income earners in Alberta:

  • Approximately 296,200 Albertans currently earn less than $15 per hour.
  • Over 50 per cent of those earning $15 per hour or less are the heads of households or their spouses.
  • Nearly 37,000 of those earning $15 per hour or less are single earners with children.

To learn more, see the Minimum Wage Fact Sheet or the Employment Standards Regulation or the Order in Council.

News release
2015-16 Alberta Minimum Wage Profile
2016 Alberta Low Wage Profile
Questions and Answers
Minimum Wage Comparison in Canada

Modified: 2016-06-30
PID: 998

Contact Employment Standards

Call the Employment Standards Contact Centre for general information or submit an inquiry online:

  • 780-427-3731 (Edmonton)
  • 1-877-427-3731 (toll-free)

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