The provincial minimum wage will be increasing to $13.60 per hour beginning October 1, 2017. This is part of the Alberta governments to move to $15.00 per hour by 2018.

Landscape Alberta was involved in consultations on this and like many small business groups advocated for a more flexible timeline and for the option of a youth or training wage. Members of our sector that compete directly with other provinces and states, especially on nursery production, are most likely to be impacted by the competitive pressure faced by lower cost imports. Landscape Alberta also raised concerns that such a swift increase would push wages near or above $15 an hour even higher.

More information on the increase can be found at https://work.alberta.ca/employment-standards/minimum-wage.html.

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