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

Alberta employers must pay their employees, including students and youth, at least the minimum wage. The following current and upcoming rates are set out in the Employment Standards Regulation.

Upcoming changes to minimum wage 2016-2018

Type of employee October 1, 2016 October 1, 2017 October 1, 2018
Most employees – General minimum wage $12.20/hour $13.60/hour $15/hour
Liquor servers (as of Oct. 1, 2016 the liquor server rate was eliminated) $12.20/hour $13.60/hour $15/hour
Salespersons
(including land agents and certain professionals)
$486/week $542/week $598/week
Domestic employees
(living in their employer’s home)
$2,316/month $2,582/month $2,848/month

Basic rules

  • employers must pay employees at least the minimum wage
  • minimum wage is the same for adults, liquor servers, adolescents and young people
  • wages don’t include tips or expense money
  • there are weekly and monthly minimum wages for some salespersons and domestic employees
  • each time employees are required to report to work, they must be paid at least 3 hours of pay at the minimum wage, even if they’re sent home after less than 3 hours
  • maximum deductions below minimum wage for provided meals and lodging will remain at $3.35 per consumed meal and $4.41 per day’s lodging

Demographics

Here is what we know about low-income earners in Alberta (April 2015 – March 2016 statistics):

  • approximately 296,200 Albertans currently earn less than $15 per hour
  • the majority, nearly 62 per cent, are female
  • over 38 per cent have children
  • about 54 per cent work full-time
  • over 78 per cent have permanent jobs
  • the majority, 58.5 per cent, work for employers that have 100 or more employees

For more information

How Alberta’s minimum wage is changing
Minimum Wage Fact Sheet (PDF, 5 pages)
Employment Standards Code
Employment Standards Regulation
Low-income earner profile
Order in Council

Created:
Modified: 2016-09-30
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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