Minimum Wage


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.

Click HERE to view the Chamber’s Advocacy Page on its website, and the Minimum Wage policy under our Provincial Policy category.

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.

On July 16, Minister Lori Sigurdson issued a response to our Chamber.

Effective October 1, 2015, Alberta’s general minimum wage increased 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.
This represents a nearly 10% increase in the minimum wage and nearly 17% increase in the liquor server’s wage rate. The Minister indicated that the Government will continue to phase in increases, with the minimum wage reaching $15 per hour by 2018.

On November 12, 2015, we issued an additional letter to Minister Lori Sigurdson, which also included the data from our September Minimum Wage Roundtable.

With the appointment of Christina Gray as Minister of Labour, our Chamber of Commerce issued a letter on February 12th, as well as taking the opportunity to meet Minister Gray at the recent Alberta Business Awards of Distinction on February 26, 2016.

On June 6, 2016 our Chamber attended a minimum wage consultation in Calgary and a follow up letter was issued on June 10, 2016 to Minister Gray.

Additionally, the Alberta Chambers of Commerce has delivered its Minimum Wage Submission to Alberta Labour Minister Christina Gray. The submission contains results from the Phase II: Minimum Wage Increase Survey, which can be viewed Here, as well as the letter to Minister Gray Here.  

The Alberta Chambers of Commerce met with Minister Gray in March 2016 and our local Chamber has sent a request to meet and consult with Minister Gray as well. 
 
Click here to view further details on the Minimum Wage Increase.
Click here to view the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce Phase I Survey Responses.
Click here  to view the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce Phase II Survey Responses.
Click here to view the Alberta Chambers of Commerce Phase I Survey Responses.
Click here to view the Alberta Chambers of Commerce Phase II Survey Responses.

Additionally, there have been a number of commentaries on this topic through the Alberta Chambers with one of the recordings available here:
June 22: ACC President Ken Kobly on Dinner Television