(July 13/15) The Alberta government announced the first step in its promise to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour by 2018. On Oct. 1, 2015 minimum wage will rise by a dollar an hour to $11.20/hour, and the liquor server wage will rise by $1.50 to $10.70/hour. The liquor server wage will be eliminated in 2016.
We are all disappointed and frustrated by the government’s decision to phase out the liquor server wage and refusal to consider an entry-level wage for youth employees. However, our campaign made an impact:
- Alberta is taking a phased approach to eliminating the liquor server wage, rather than cutting it as of October.
- The government limited its minimum wage announcement to one year, rather than locking in future increases at a time of economic uncertainty.
We would like to thank everyone who took part in our campaign by signing the petition (ProtectFirstJobs.ca), contacting their MLAs, sharing our infographics with your employees, and speaking with the media about this issue. When we met with the Premier and Minister Sigurdson about this issue, it was clear that this government recognizes our industry and our association as a strong voice in Alberta.
We will continue to fight for your interests and hold the government to account on this and other issues that affect your business. Let’s keep working together to make our voice even louder.
“This is going to end up hurting the very people it’s supposed to help. It’ll put those entry level jobs at risk and hurt them in terms of purchasing power…The timing of this is very bad.”
– Restaurants Canada’s Mark von Schellwitz on Alberta’s minimum wage announcement in The Globe and Mail, June 29. Read the full interview.
– Restaurants Canada member Chef Paul Shufelt on how Alberta’s minimum wage changes will affect his business in the Edmonton Sun, July 7. Read his full column.