Minimum wage in Alberta has fallen behind the earnings of Albertans in general. Gradually increasing minimum wage will help reduce staff turnover, improve fairness and help low-income Albertans meet their basic needs. Government will continue to work together with employers to assess the effects of increased minimum wages and plan for the future.


Effective October 1, 2015, the following increases to Alberta’s minimum wage rates will take effect:


  • The general minimum wage will increase from $10.20 to $11.20 per hour
  • The liquor server minimum wage will increase from $9.20 to $10.70 per hour
  • The weekly minimum wage for certain sales people, land agents and other professionals will increase from $406.00 to $446.00
  • The monthly minimum wage for domestic workers who live in their employer’s residence will rise from $1,937.00 to $2,127.00
  • Maximum deductions for consumed meals and accommodation provided by an employer are not changing. They will remain at $3.35 per day for each consumed meal, and $4.41 per day for lodging provided


Further details on Alberta’s new minimum wage rates can be found in the Minimum Wage fact sheet.