“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.