Alberta’s workers will see a bump in their paycheques starting on Sunday, as the province’s minimum wage is set to go up to $13.60 an hour.
The current minimum wage is $12.20 an hour, so count that as a $1.40 raise.
According to a release from the government of Alberta, this is the third step in a gradual increase that will see the minimum wage hit $15 an hour by October 1, 2018.
“All hard-working people deserve to earn enough money to support themselves and their families. Our government is staying true to our commitment to make life better for those Albertans who earn the bare minimum,” said Minister of Labour Christina Gray.
“This increase will boost the spending power of low-income people, which supports Alberta’s economic recovery.”
With the province just recently coming out of its recession, the economy will take anything it can get.
According to the release, more than 292,000 people in Alberta are earning less than $15 – so that’s more than a quarter of a million people receiving raises by October 1, 2018.
Without even having an awkward conversation with their boss!