What Census 2016 reveals about income inequality in Alberta
While the data on income from the 2016 census released last week has been presented as a good-news story, a closer look reveals a persistent and troubling degree of income inequality in Alberta.
Alberta's oil industry is held up as one of the province's main source of "good jobs," but how the sector is experienced by those who work in it varies greatly based on gender and race.
An overview of the changes proposed in Bill 17
Bill 17 would introduce the first substantive changes to Alberta's labour legislation in 30 years. Bob Barnetson looks at what the new rules would mean for Alberta workers.
Is the NDP doing enough for Alberta women?
Parkland Institute researchers Emma Jackson and Ian Hussey look at the Notley government's efforts to address the link between Alberta's resource-revenue-dependent economy and its status as the province with the widest gender pay gap.
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.
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.
Why Unions Matter in Alberta
New study says strong correlation with better wages, improved workplace safety, and greater equality
A new study released this morning by the Parkland Institute recommends that the Alberta government should step back from its current moves to reduce unionization and restrict collective bargaining, as labour unions play an important role in improving wages, improving workplace safety, and reducing inequality across the province.