Ian Hussey debunks the recent CD Howe Institute report that claims the move by the Alberta government to increase the provincial minimum wage to $15 in 2018 could lead to 25,000 job losses.
The Alberta government is once again holding consultations on its plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2018. Parkland Institute Research Manager Ian Hussey lays out 10 key facts Albertans should know about the proposed increase.
Any proposal to increase the minimum wage by any amount in any province or territory seems to be met with dire warnings of massive job losses and impending economic doom. The problem for critics of the minimum wage is, neither history nor academic research backs these notions up.
Don Braid: "Wildrose calls it radical. The NDP says it’s wonderful. Nothing shows Alberta’s power upheaval more vividly than the debate over raising the minimum wage."
The new Alberta government has pledged to raise the provincial minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2018, but some lobby groups say the sky will almost certainly fall if it happens. Parkland Institute Research Manager Ian Hussey looks at the validity of these Chicken Little claims, and lays out why phasing in a $15 an hour minimum wage is a good policy move.