This release was issued under a previous government.

Minimum wage goes up Oct 1, 2015

Alberta’s general minimum wage will increase to $11.20 from $10.20 per hour. The liquor server minimum wage will rise to $10.70 from $9.20 per hour in the first of two steps to eliminate the differential rate altogether in 2016.

“Alberta’s minimum wage is currently the lowest in the country, yet we have one of the highest costs of living. We promised Albertans we would raise minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2018, and we will stick to that promise. We’re taking a significant step towards our goal for 2015 and will continue this path in future years.”

Rachel Notley, Premier

“We have listened closely to Albertans and have taken their views and suggestions into account. Our plan includes a $1 increase to the general minimum wage this year, plus a two-year phase out of the liquor server rate. We will continue to consult with stakeholders as we move forward on our goal over the next three years.”

Lori Sigurdson, Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour

“Our vision is women thriving in a safe and equitable community. The government's work to increase minimum wage to $15 by 2018 is a huge step forward in ensuring Alberta women are earning a wage that enables them to thrive and support their families.We applaud this government's commitment and hope this will lead other provinces to move towards a minimum wage that allows our country to thrive.”

Sue Tomney, Chief Executive Officer, YWCA of Calgary

Minimum wage increases 2015

  • Current - $10.20 per hour (general minimum wage) and $9.20 per hour (liquor server minimum wage)
  • October 1, 2015 - $11.20 per hour (general minimum wage)
  • October 1, 2015 - $10.70 per hour (liquor server minimum wage)

Employers and employees with questions about minimum wages can contact the Employment Standards Contact Centre at 780-427-3731, or toll-free at 1-877-427-3731 or visit