News – Premier Rachel Notley Retracts Her Promise for $15/Hour Minimum Wage by 2018

Premier Rachel Notley suggested on Wednesday that if Alberta’s economy continues in its downward spiral, we will not be seeing a $15 an hour minimum wage by 2018 in this province.

Everyone living in this province knows that things aren’t going as well as we would like at the moment. With the oil prices being as low as they are, and even the Canadian dollar sitting below 70 cents to the USD. Job loss has been in the hundreds of thousands over the past 18 months alone.

On October 1st of this year, the minimum wage received a bump up to $11.20 in Alberta. Although we can expect that the minimum wage will continue to raise over the coming years, into 2018, it looks like we’ll be looking at smaller bumps than what was expecting of the NDP government earlier this year.

Although this will be a bad thing for those actually receiving minimum wage, it too, will be a good thing for those who have their own non-corporate owned businesses in this province.

Quite honestly, from May until now, projections with respect to the price of oil have not improved … and so the length and duration of the economic slowdown in Alberta is something we’re going to keep a close eye on, and we’re going to look at all that stuff together as we assert the pace moving forward.

Let this be a lesson to those who wish to make promises in the future, especially to those in higher power.


We promised Albertans we would raise minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2018, and we will stick to that promise.

Here’s to hoping that the Alberta economy gets better over the coming months.

Although I do believe she is making the right decision in being sure that this promise may not be reached by its allocated prior date, I do think that the promise itself should have never been made in the first place. You never know what the future has in store, especially within a 3 to 4 year span.

Via Calgary Herald, Image The Canadian Press/Nathan Denette



25 Responses

  1. Amber Dawn Amber Dawn says:

    Damned if you do and damned if you don’t.

  2. Denean Rae Denean Rae says:

    This was way too radical. I see the dissapointment from employees for sure but as an employer I was really questioning how I could afford that. The one hour increase was a big hit alone

    • Maybe wonder how people live on what you pay them now. I’m sure they’re not making it. And minimum wage was meant to be a living wage not a way for employers to rape their staff.

    • Actually I disagree wirh your comment about minimum wage was meant to be a living wage. When the economy was doing well an jobs were plentiful, no on wanted these jobs and they remained unfilled. Now with the thousands of job losses even minimum wage jobs are being snapped up. Now with the economic downturn people have turned to these jobs to try to live on.

      Alberta’s situation is dire. Costs are rising. The NDP has introduced Corporate Tax increases among several other taxes. Businesses are folding, causing more job losses. The Province had 1.1 billion in Corporate Taxes in arrears, now that situation has worstened. Bankruptcies are up 25 %. I’m sure that number has also increased. To raise minimum wage in multiple increments in such a short period of time would be disasterous. It will result in a cut back in hours or even more job losses. Its tough out there. Everyone is feeling screwed not only you. When and if the economy picks up then the minimum wage should increase.

    • This should have been the minimum wage years ago. It indeed was intended to be a living wage from its first inception. Please know your history.

    • You need to google the minimum wage then.
      It was LITERALLY designed to be a living wage.
      Taking from an employees basic necessities to falsely increase profits is shameful.
      Taxpayers shouldn’t subsidize employed adults.

    • This is off the Canadian Fed website. It mentions nothing about “living”. Please cite where you’re getting your information from:

      The minimum wage is a basic labour standard that sets the lowest wage rate that an employer can pay to employees who are covered by the legislation. Today, one of its main purposes is to protect non-unionized workers in unskilled jobs, although it can also influence, directly or indirectly, the level of compensation of other employees as well.

      A minimum wage constitutes a floor above which employees or their unions may negotiate with management for higher remuneration. However, it is rarely static: adjustments are required from time to time to maintain its relevance in changing economic and social conditions.

    • A living wage is not the same as the minimum wage, which is the legal minimum all employers must pay. The living wage sets a higher test – a living wage reflects what earners in a family need to bring home based on the actual costs of living in a specific community. The living wage is a call to private and public sector employers to pay wages to both direct and contract employees that are sufficient to provide the basics to families with children.

    • Edmonton : Living wage amount: $17.36 recommended.

  3. The one thing she’s done I actually agree with….

  4. Mandoid Ray Mandoid Ray says:

    She will probably start charging us the employees to work.

  5. Lisa Janz Lisa Janz says:

    Was that one of her platforms to get elected? The economy was already in the shitter when it was election time. Everyone wanted change…more taxes. Unbelievable

  6. If you work full time you should be able to survive on minimum wage. This needs to happen.

    • We aren’t discussing the OT pay of patch jobs. We are discussing your standard full time job of 44 hours per week. You should be able to make a living wage at a job like that. No one is asking to have fancy stuff. They just want to be able to make rent and eat. And you can’t do this on the current minimum wage. And I’m sorry but that’s wrong.

    • DJ Martin DJ Martin says:

      Why dont people understand this? Not everyone is dripping in Oil money here. Some of us work FULL TIME and only make 1600 a month. Business owners and OIL PEOPLE should try to survive on that for 3 months.

    • I agree DJ. People who work full time and contribute to our economy should be able to make a living wage. I don’t mean having a bunch of fancy things. But not have to worry about rent and food would be first and foremost.

      I’m tired of people looking down on these workers. Especially people who didn’t graduate from high school who make 6 figures and put half that money up their noses. They’re no better than the person making your burger at McDonald’s.

      Our province/country has got to start recognizing that honest work deserves honest pay.

    • Business owners and oil workers don’t want to survive on that so they go away to work 250+ hours per month. That has nothing to do with minimum wage. Minimum wage at today’s wage has increased more rapidly than any other sector.
      There are no handouts in owning a business, working for minimum wage, labour or sales positions. But that has nothing to do with base rates of pay – they are per sector.

  7. Soooo, she implements carbon tax costing everyone 300+ more PER MONTH in utilities…. but, cancels the minimum wage hike.
    I hope everyone likes subsidizing employees AND paying their carbon tax.

  8. Kim says:

    Where in the article does it say specifically that she is not keeping her promise? Keeping an eye on the economy all of a sudden translates into No we are not going to ensure a 15$ minimum wage by 2018?

    • Jody Mitoma says:

      She was in the news again earlier today stating that she’s going for the $15/hr by 2018 again.

      It’s a big roller coaster ride, it seems. (I don’t have a link to the story, I just know this by memory. I think it was on the Edmonton Journal.)

  9. Y’all voted them in….enjoy!

  10. That’s completely unrealistic to expect the economy to grow and minimum wage to increase.
    It was/is her platform and informed voters would have known this isn’t possible. You can’t put negative pressure on business’ bottom line from an expense and a taxation stand point and then expect the businesses to reinvest smaller profit margins back into the economy. It’s just not possible.


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