Canada: Alberta’s Minimum Wage Increase Imminent

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On October 1, 2016, Alberta’s minimum wage will surge from $11.20 per hour to $12.20 per hour. This is the preliminary step within the provincial government’s plan to increase the minimum wage in Alberta to $15.00 per hour by October 1, 2018.

The subsequent step of the plan will take effect on October 1, 2017, when the minimum wage will rise once more to achieve $13.60 per hour.

The minimum hourly wage is not the lone aspect of the Employment Standards legislation that is changing, weekly and month-to-month minimum wages are also increasing. Many individuals in Alberta are paid on an hourly basis, however, certain occupations; usually related to irregular work schedules or commissioned income, are not well-suited to an hourly pay scale.

Employees in such situations, including salespersons, land agents, and other professionals1 are no longer required to record their hours worked, and are entitled to a minimum weekly wage, now set at $446 per week. Now, as of October 1, 2016, this amount will also grow to $486 per week.

In-home caregivers will also enjoy an increase in the minimum monthly wage presently set at $2,127, with an increase to $2,316 as of October 1, 2016.

By October 1, 2018, these minimums will jump to $598 per week and $2,848 per month, respectively.

Furthermore, as of October 1, 2016, there will no longer be a lower minimum wage for employees serving alcohol as part of their regular job function. Rather, those workers must be paid the regular hourly minimum wage, which, at that time, will be $12.20 per hour.

More information on these and other approaching changes can be found on the Government of Alberta’s website.

Footnotes: 1 See Alberta’s Employment Standards Regulation at Section 2(2) for listed occupations.

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Source: Government of Canada, Hourly Minimum Wages in Canada for Adult Workers

 

Supporting Article Research Sources: Mondaq, Field LLP, Government of Alberta

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