Alberta freezes minimum wage at $8.80 an hour
Minimum wage earners in Alberta will continue to earn $8.80 an hour in 2010, the province announced Friday.
The wage freeze was announced to preserve jobs for people who work in entry-level positions, a news release said.
"This decision reflects what government feels will both protect jobs during these uncertain economic times and support the economy," Thomas Lukaszuk, Alberta's minister of employment and immigration, said in the statement.
"In addition to freezing the minimum wage, I will also request an all-party committee review of our current policy, ensuring that our approach is what’s best for Albertans."
The details of the review will be announced later.
Minimum wages in the country range from $8 an hour in British Columbia to $9.50 in Ontario, the province said.
Alberta's minimum wage went from $8.40 to $8.80 an hour on April 1, 2009. The rate is tied to Alberta's average weekly earnings index.