On September 1, 2014, Alberta will join Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, and Ontario by raising its minimum wage. Most employees will receive an hourly wage of $10.20, while those who serve liquor will receive an hourly wage of $9.20, taking tips into account.
The increase for Alberta is based on a formula that links the general wage rate to annual increases in average weekly earnings and the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Based on last year’s average weekly earnings, this translates into a 25 cent per hour increase.
Only 1.5 percent of employees in Alberta earn minimum wage, compared to Ontario with 9 percent of its employees earning minimum wage.
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