Effective September 1, 2013, Alberta’s minimum wage will increase by 20 cents to $9.95 per hour.  This represents a 2.1 per cent increase to the province’s minimum wage.

Background:

The 20 cent increase is based on a formula initiated by the Alberta government in 2011 which links possible increases to an average of the annual increases in Average Weekly Earnings (AWE) and the Consumer Price Index (CPI) in Alberta.  In the past year, AWE rose 3.1 per cent in Alberta, while the CPI rose 1.1 per cent.  The average of 2.1 per cent translates into a 20 cent increase to Alberta’s minimum wage.

In November 2010, RCC urged the Government of Alberta to move to publishing the formula used to calculate the minimum wage so that it is transparent to Albertans, and the businesses that employ them.  The Government of Alberta adopted this recommendation and has published the formula since 2011.

Employers and employees with questions about minimum wage can contact the Employment Standards Contact Centre at 780-427-3731, or toll-free at 1-877-427-3731, or visit employment.alberta.ca/es for more information

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact: Lanny McInnes, Director, Prairies at:  [email protected] or (204) 253-1654.