Alberta has been gradually raising their province’s weekly and monthly minimum wages since late 2016. Starting 1 October 2018, the minimum hourly wage was raised to $15, affecting nearly 11% of Alberta’s total workforce (254,000 employees). Alberta now has the highest provincial minimum wage in Canada.

Minimum Wage Rates

Type of Employee October 1, 2018
Most employees (general minimum wage) $15/hour
Salespersons (including land agents and certain professionals) $598/week
Domestic workers (living in their employer’s home) $2,848/month

The following employees qualify for the weekly minimum wage rate of $598/week.

  • Direct selling salesperson
  • Manufactured home salesperson
  • Commission salesperson (excluding a route salesperson) selling goods that will be delivered later
  • Truck, car, recreational vehicle, or bus salesperson
  • Road construction equipment or heavy-duty construction equipment salesperson
  • Farm machinery salesperson
  • Residential home salesperson employed by the builder
  • Architect
  • Land agent
  • Accountant
  • Dentist
  • Chiropractor
  • Lawyer
  • Engineer or other geoscientist
  • Podiatrist
  • Optometrist
  • Veterinarian
  • Agrologist
  • Psychologist
  • Information systems professional
  • Denturist

Domestic employees are persons employed to work in their employer’s residence for the comfort, care, and convenience of residence members. Casual babysitting does not qualify as domestic employment.

The minimum wage rates of domestic workers who live in their employer’s homes is now $2,848/month and those who do not live in their employer’s home is $15/hour.

Exempt Occupations

The following employees are not subject to minimum wage standards.

  • Real estate brokers
  • Insurance salespersons paid entirely by commission
  • Securities salespersons
  • Students in a work experience in the Alberta government-approved program
  • Extras in a film or video production
  • Students pursuing an off-campus education program provided under the School Act
  • Municipal police service members
  • Instructors or counsellors at a non-profit educational or recreational camp for children, religious groups or handicapped individuals
  • Post-secondary academic staff

With this new requirement, there are expected potential impacts on businesses and their ability to hire and retain employees.

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This information originated on the Alberta government website.