Alberta minimum wage increase moves forward with stakeholder consultations

The Alberta government says it is moving forward with an increase for the province's minimum wage by consulting with stakeholders this June.

Changes will be phased in starting this October

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley vowed to raise the minimum wage during the election campaign, and now her government is taking steps to make that happen. (CBC)

The Alberta government says it is moving forward with an increase to the minimum wage by consulting with stakeholders in June.

During the election campaign, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley pledged to raise Alberta's minimum wage from the current $10.20 to $15 within three years — which would take it from the lowest to the highest in Canada.

"These meetings will be held with industry associations representing employers who typically employ minimum wage workers, as well as labour and public interest advocacy organizations," said Lori Sigurdson, Alberta's new minister of jobs, skills, training and labour, in a release.

"I look forward to reporting back to Albertans by early July regarding phased increases to the minimum wage taking effect October 1, 2015."

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