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. We want to take the time to listen to the people directly involved and make sure we get this right.”
- Christina Gray, Minister of Labour

Government is committed to getting to a $15 per hour minimum wage by the end of this term. The consultations taking place will make sure employers, employees, and your Alberta government get it right on the next steps. By working together, more hardworking Albertans will be able to support their families.

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:

  • Over 300,000 Albertans currently earn $15 per hour or less.
  • Over 50 per cent of those earning $15 per hour or less are the heads of households or their spouses.
  • Over 33,000 of those earning $15 per hour or less are single earners with children.

Alberta’s general minimum wage increased on October 1, 2015 as indicated below:

  • an hourly minimum wage of $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.

News release on consultations

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

2015-16 Alberta Minimum Wage Profile.

2016 Minimum Wage Consultations

Focused consultations will be held over the next month with key stakeholders, including employers, social service organizations and low-income earners.

Discussion topics will include future increases, meal and lodging deductions and the phase-out of the differential liquor server rate.

These consultations will inform future decisions on the minimum wage to support hardworking Albertans.

Modified: 2016-05-18
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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