Today is a big day in Alberta for small business owners. Minimum wage jumped from $13.60/hr to $15.00/hr as of October 1 2018. This completes the NDP government’s promise. Interestingly enough, as of today, Alberta has the highest minimum wage in Canada.
- $12.20 as of October 1 2016
- $13.60 as of October 1 2017
- $15.00 as of October 1 2018
Employers must pay at least the minimum wage – It’s not optional
Minimum wage is the same for adults, liquor servers, adolescents, youth and disabled people.
Employees must be paid at least 3 hours of pay at the minimum wage each time they go to work even if they’re sent home after less than 3 hours, unless the employee is not available to work the 3 hours. **some exceptions
Why the increase?
Here are some of the reasons the Alberta Government has listed for the minimum wage increase.
Lessen the burden on social support programs
Improve the quality of life for vulnerable people