Employers must ensure that their employees in Alberta receive at
least the minimum wage rates set out in section 9 of the Employment
Standards Regulation (the "Regulation"). During its
2015 provincial election campaign, the Alberta New Democratic Party
("NDP") made an election promise that it would increase
minimum wage rates in Alberta to $15.00 per hour. After its
success in the election, the NDP got to work on taking the first
step towards a $15.00 minimum wage rate. Employers with
employees in Alberta must prepare for the imminent increases to the
minimum wage rate.
On August 21, 2015, Order in Council 187/2015 was approved,
increasing the minimum wage amounts set out in the
Regulation. The new wage rates come into effect on October 1,
At present, the basic minimum wage rate is $10.20 per
hour. As of October 1, 2015, the basic minimum wage rate will
be increased to $11.20 per hour. For those employees who
serve liquor, the new minimum wage rate will be $10.70 per hour,
rather than $9.20 per hour. Employees engaged in direct
selling businesses, certain salespersons, land agents and all
employees listed in section 2(2) of the Regulation must receive at
least $446 per week, rather than $406 per week.
For those engaged in domestic employment, such as nannies, the
minimum salary is $2,127.00 per month, up from $1,937.00 per
As always, for employers whose employees are paid in whole or in
part by commission, such employees must also receive commission
payments in an amount that equals at least minimum wage. In
addition, pursuant to the Canada Labour Code, federally regulated
employers operating in Alberta must also ensure compliance with
Based upon the election promises of the NDP, employers can
expect further increases in the next few years.
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