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Apr 1, 2017

Alberta’s Minimum Wage Increase and Its Effect on the Cleaning Industry


Since the new NDP Government in 2015, Alberta’s minimum wage is due to go up. The new government has promised a $15 minimum wage by 2018, a date that is fast approaching.
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Since the new NDP Government in 2015, Alberta’s minimum wage is due to go up. The new government has promised a $15 minimum wage by 2018, a date that is fast approaching. In comparison to other provinces, Alberta currently has the largest minimum wage in the country. There is controversy present on this issue however as many argue that with the minimum wage increasing at a substantial rate, the economy may suffer as businesses cannot pay their workers new wages. Alberta’s provincial government has taken the opposite side of this discussion, claiming that a higher minimum wage will help those paid the least make a living and increase consumer spending.

Here are some of the demographics surrounding Alberta’s Minimum Wage Increase:

  • Approximately 296,200 Albertan’s earn less than $15/hr

  • Over 38% of those earning minimum wage have children to take care of.

  • About 54% of those earning minimum wage work full time.

  • 67.3% of Alberta minimum wage earners are Adults.

  • 17.5% of minimum wage earners are 50+ years old.

How will this effect the cleaning industry?

Currently, cleaners, on average, make less than $15, the predicted minimum wage in 2018. The average pay for a cleaner in Canada is currently around $14.50/hr. This means that by this time, cleaners will be making more than they are now and the cost of cleaning services is sure to rise.

Currently, Alberta’s minimum wage is $12.20 and is expected to rise to $13.60 on October 1st, 2017 and $15.00 on October 1st, 2018. Consumers should expect cleaning services to go up in price as cleaning businesses must start to pay their workers higher wages. For employees, this news is good news. The average cleaner’s wages will increase within the next few years.  

Strathcona Cleaners is committed to providing the best for it’s employees as we head into the next few years. Please visit https://work.alberta.ca  or call us at 403-237-8355 if you have any further questions.