Another minimum wage hike in Alberta is just a few weeks away, but small business owners are once again telling the premier that now is not the time.
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business says the move will make the province’s battered economy worse by leading to thousands of job losses.
Cabinet has passed a regulation to hike the minimum wage by more than a dollar a year from now until it reaches $15 an hour in 2018.
The next increase will be October 1st when the wage goes up a dollar to $12.20.
Premier Notley says her government has had extensive discussions with stakeholders and economists, and believes the increases are sustainable and will not lead to job losses.