Despite industry recommendations, the NDP government has decided to move forward with a number of large minimum wage increases to 2018:
- October 1, 2016: The general minimum wage rose $1.00 to $12.20 per hour. The liquor server rate was completely eliminated.
- October 1, 2017: Minimum wage will rise $1.40 to $13.60 per hour.
- October 1, 2018: Minimum wage will rise $1.40 to $15 per hour.
“I am deeply disappointed with the government’s decision to move ahead with these increases. This decision is at odds with the recommendations that came out of government’s own stakeholder consultations, which I attended. The impacts of these increases will be severe, especially considering the challenges we face in the current economy.”
– AHLA President & CEO, Dave Kaiser
The AHLA recommends that the Government of Alberta:
In 2015, the AHLA presented its position on minimum wage to the Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour. A number of recommendations were put forward, including:
- Considering existing economic positions prior to making changes to minimum wage;
- Creating a different wage for young or inexperienced workers; and
- Identifying more targeted and effective ways to address poverty.