The only thing that will stop Alberta’s $15 minimum wage now is a change of heart by the Notley cabinet, or a successor government.
The NDP cabinet has put the new minimum wage levels on the books by passing the required regulation in cabinet.
The wage will rise by one dollar to $12.20 an hour on October 1st, followed by further increased in October 2017, and again in 2018 until it reaches $15.
When the province’s hits $12.20 an hour in three weeks, Alberta’s minimum wage will be the highest of the provinces. Nunavut and Northwest Territories are higher.
Labour Minister Christina Gray says it’s critical to pay low-end earners a fair wage, but business and industry groups say it’s too much too fast and that an ailing Alberta economy will lose thousands more jobs.