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Alberta’s Minimum Wages Increase Today, October 1st, 2015

Minimum wage earners in Alberta will see a boost to their paycheques beginning today, when the province’s minimum wages increase.

Minimum wage goes up Oct 1, 2015

Alberta’s general minimum wage will increase from $10.20 to $11.20 per hour. The liquor server minimum wage will rise from $9.20 to $10.70 per hour, and will be eliminated next year.

“Increasing minimum wages will help low-income earners take care of their families, and will reduce staff turnover, lower hiring costs, and improve fairness. Minimum wage earners spend more of their income, boosting the economy and creating jobs.”

Lori Sigurdson, Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour

The increases are the first step towards a single $15 per hour minimum wage.

Weekly and monthly minimum wages are increasing as well.

The weekly minimum wage for some salespersons, land agents and other professionals will rise from $406 to $446. The monthly minimum wage for domestic employees who live in the employer’s residence will rise from $1,937 to $2,127.

Minimum wage facts

  • Approximately 38,000 individuals in Alberta earn minimum wage
  • Approximately 370,000 individuals in Alberta earn $15 per hour or less and work 44 hours or more per week

Employers and employees with questions about minimum wages can contact the Employment Standards Contact Centre at 780-427-3731, or toll-free at 1-877-427-3731 or visit

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  • Darcy , October 2, 2015 @ 8:22 am

    This is not really to help the people it is a way to make more tax moneys, Will hurt every one with higher payroll , and source deduction, all costs will rise. NDP has no vision , just find ways to spend money

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