Alberta’s minimum wage will increase to $12.20 per hour on October 1, 2016. Labour Minister Christine Gray announced the $1.00 increase on June 30, 2016.

Minister Gray also announced that the minimum wage will be increased by $1.40 in 2017 and another $1.40 in 2018 in order for the Notley government to implement its election promise of raising Alberta’s minimum wage to $15.00 per hour by 2018.

The future increases to Alberta’s minimum wage will be to $13.60 on October 1, 2017 and to $15.00 on October 1, 2018.

More information on Alberta’s minimum wage can be found at here.

RCC Action:

RCC has been extremely active in engaging with Alberta’s Minister of Labour on this issue. We met with the Minister in May to outline the impact the 2015 minimum wage increase had on retailers, the current state of Alberta’s retail sector, and the impact rising costs and declining sales have had on retail employment. We have also met with Alberta’s Finance Minister to outline the impact the Notley government’s promise to have a $15.00 per hour minimum wage by 2018 will have on Alberta retailers.

On June 6, 2016, RCC attended an all-day stakeholder consultation in Calgary. We took part in the consultation sessions and roundtables and also had the opportunity to have another brief private discussion with the Minister. Despite holding consultations in Calgary and Edmonton with stakeholders through the month of June, Premier Notley has publicly stated this month that she fully intends to move forward with implementing a $15.00 per hour minimum wage by 2018 – despite any feedback the government may receive saying to slow down the increases. The strong consensus, even among minimum wage advocates, at the Calgary consultation was that 2018 was too aggressive a timeframe in light of the current economic situation in Alberta.

RCC has written Minister of Labour Gray and Premier Notley to again stress the need to consider stakeholder feedback on this issue and reconsider the 2018 timeframe. To view RCC’s letter to the Alberta government, please click here.

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