(Medicine Hat) The local Chamber of Commerce adopted a Policy on minimum wage in May 2015, followed by the adoption of the same policy through the Alberta Chambers of Commerce Policy Conference on May 23, 2015. On May 29, 2015 the Government of Alberta announced that it would be holding consultations on Minimum Wage increases during the month of June. The Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce quickly responded in a letter issued on May 29th, resulting in inclusion in a consultation on June 11th in Edmonton. Following the consultation the local Chamber issued an additional response on June 15th requesting a more strategic approach and balanced solution. On June 29, Minister Lori Sigurdson announced the Government's first steps towards raising the minimum wage. Effective October 1, 2015, Alberta’s general minimum wage will increase as indicated below:
- An hourly minimum wage of $11.20 (from $10.20) for most employees;
- An hourly minimum wage of $10.70 (from $9.20) for employees serving liquor as part of their regular jobs (note the liquor server rate will be eliminated in 2016);
- A weekly minimum wage of $446 for many salespersons, including land agents and certain professionals; and
- A monthly minimum wage of $2,127 for domestic employees.