Alberta’s minimum wage should be a living wage, especially during a pandemic. October 1 marks the second straight year that Alberta’s United Conservative government has not increased the provincial minimum wage, meaning the wages of almost 300,000 workers are losing value against consumer price inflation.
Parkland Institute research manager Ian Hussey writes about which Albertans have benefited from the $15 minimum wage and its impact on employment and hours of work.
Despite the stated benefits of the UCP government's new labour legislation, Bill 2 will reduce workers' income, make payroll administration more complex for employers, and impede workers seeking to join a union.
United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney has proposed changes to labour legislation, including reducing the 17-and-under minimum wage to $13 an hour. Ian Hussey looks at claims that increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour has had a "job-killing impact."
This op-ed by Parkland Institute research manager Ian Hussey appeared on the National Observer on February 21, 2019.
This op-ed by Parkland Institute research manager Ian Hussey appeared in the Edmonton Journal on September 18, 2018.
Parkland Institute research manager Ian Hussey contrasts the predicted and actual impacts of recent minimum wage increases in Alberta in this January 6, 2018 op-ed for the Globe and Mail.
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.