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Minimum Wage Increases in Alberta


By Hugh McPhail, Q.C.

Effective September 1, the statutory minimum wage will be increasing in Alberta.

The relevant changes are:

  • The general minimum wage climbs from $8.80 per hour to $9.40.
  • There is an exception to the minimum wage for employees who, as part of their employment, serve liquor, other than on an infrequent or occasional basis, directly to customers, guests, members or patrons in premises for which a liquor licence has been issued under the Gaming and Liquor Act. For them the minimum wage will be $9.05 per hour. This exceptional treatment was the most controversial part of the regulation.
  • The minimum weekly rate for those with designated weekly rates, such as various salespersons, climbs from $352 to $376.
  • The minimum monthly rate for domestic workers living primarily in a private residence climbs from $1677 to $1791 per month.
  • The amounts that can be deducted for meals and lodging from the minimum wage, when either meals or lodging are provided by the employer, are also increased. They move from $2.89 to $3.09 and from $3.82 to $4.08 respectively.

The department has produced a useful fact sheet to explain Minimum Wages that incorporates these changes. It can be viewed at:


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