As part of its election platform, the NDP committed to raising Alberta’s minimum wage to $15.00 by 2018.

Current Status:

RCC provided our submission to the Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour regarding the Alberta government’s promise to raise Alberta’s minimum wage on June 16.

RCC, along with other business organizations, has urged the Alberta government to make changes to the minimum wage one year at a time rather than announce a four year schedule of changes up to and including 2018.  During the government’s industry consultation meeting which RCC attended on June 11, both the Minister and Premier Notley indicated that the government will make changes to the minimum wage on an annual basis.  It is expected that the 2015 increase will be announced before June 30 for implementation on October 1.

The government has committed to undertake further consultation and economic analysis before defining future increases.

Next Steps:

RCC has requested a meeting with Minister Sigurdson and we expect to meet with her sometime this summer.  We will continue pushing for minimum wage changes to be based on economic indicators, not political agendas.  RCC will be part of the ongoing consultation the Minister has indicated will take place as the government moves forward on implementing its campaign promise.

RCC has also requested a meeting with Premier Notley and other members of cabinet and this will be an issue that will be raised during those meetings as well.

We will also be sharing our submission and recommendations with members of Alberta’s official opposition, the Wild Rose Party, to ensure they are fully informed of our position.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact: Lanny McInnes, Director -  Government Relations (Prairies) at: lmcinnes@retailcouncil.org or 204-253-1654