Provincial government reviewing minimum wage

The provincial government is reviewing Alberta’s minimum wage, which is the highest in Canada.

The Alberta government has appointed a diverse expert panel that will use research, expertise and experience to assess Alberta’s minimum wage. The panel will study and publish economic data related to minimum wage changes.

“By establishing this panel of experts, we are keeping another platform promise and making progress on our common-sense plan to restore jobs and prosperity to our province,” said Jason Copping, Minister of Labour and Immigration.

The panel will also assess whether a wage differential for hospitality industry workers who serve alcohol could lead to higher net incomes. This work will be completed by mid-January 2020.

“The effects of Alberta’s 47 per cent minimum wage increase over the past four years and the elimination of the liquor server differential deserve to be studied,” said Joseph Marchand, chair, minimum wage expert panel.

Members of the panel:

  • Joseph Marchand, panel chair, associate professor of economics, University of Alberta
  • Anindya Sen, professor of economics
  • Mark von Schellwitz, vice-president (Western Canada), Restaurants Canada
  • Richard Truscott, vice-president, British Columbia and Alberta, Canadian Federation of Independent Business
  • Jason Stanton, owner, Running Room
  • Branko Culo, owner of Express Employment and member of Alberta Enterprise Group
  • Delphine Borger, server, Blink Restaurant, Calgary
  • Rachel Donnelly, server, Chop Steakhouse
  • Nicole Lyckama, server, Blink Restaurant, Calgary

-reporter@albertapressleader.ca

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