Alberta Increases Minimum Wage to $15

Alberta Minimum Wage

By WinterE229 – Own work, CC0,

By Kelsey Basten

Published on October 9, 2018

Alberta, Canada, has increased their minimum wage to $15 from $13.60, effective Oct. 1, 2018. This increase is now the highest minimum wage in the country. Alberta has been gradually increasing its minimum wage rate since Oct. 2016.

There is a set of employees that are exempt from the $15 rate, and instead entitled to a minimum weekly or monthly amount. These employees must be paid at least 3 hours of pay at the minimum wage rate each time they go to work, even if they are sent home after less than 3 hours. The exception is if the employee is not able to work the 3 hours due to a personal circumstance.

The following employees are entitled to a weekly minimum wage of $598, an increase from $542:

  • Direct selling salesperson
  • Commission salesperson (other than a route salesperson) selling goods that will be delivered later
  • Car, truck, recreational vehicle, or bus salesperson
  • Manufactured home salesperson
  • Farm machinery salesperson
  • Heavy-duty construction equipment or road construction equipment salesperson
  • Residential home salesperson employed by builder
  • Land Agent
  • Architect
  • Accountant
  • Chiropractor
  • Dentist
  • Engineer or other geoscientist
  • Lawyer
  • Optometrist
  • Podiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Veterinarian
  • Agrologist
  • Denturist
  • Information systems professional

Also, domestic work employees living in their employer’s residence are now entitled to a monthly minimum wage of $2,848, an increase from $2,582.

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