While we fully support the Government of Alberta’s stated goals of ensuring that more Albertans live with adequate means and can lead fulfilling lives, we do not believe that a blanket increase to the minimum wage is the means to do so given what
the data tells us.
We feel the adverse implications of this wage increase, by far the largest in recent history, could be far-reaching and may result in detrimental impacts to those it intends to help. These impacts will make employment even more precarious for low-wage workers. With such a dramatic increase, workers and businesses alike could experience a variety of negative repercussions.
In conjunction with the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce we recently sent a policy submission to the Government of Alberta detailing our recommendations to mitigate the economic costs of a minimum wage increase.
Read the letter and full submission to Premier Notley.