Alberta workplaces are in for some significant changes once a series of legislative updates to the province’s Employment Standards Code come into effect. Alberta’s Employment Standards Code was last updated in 1988, and the rapidly changing nature of modern workplaces prompted the government to examine the legislation. As a first step, the government requested input from stakeholders. In total, nearly five thousand online survey responses were received from businesses and individuals. Based on these responses, a series of changes to the Code were introduced in a bill that the government states will support family-friendly workplaces, modernize decades-old legislation, and align the minimum employment standards with the rest of Canada.
To date, 2017 has been a year of change for minimum wage standards in Canada. In an effort to keep up with the ever-increasing cost of living, several provinces have responded with commitments to minimum wage increases. So far, both Alberta and Ontario have committed to increasing their minimum wage rates to $15 per hour—Alberta by October 2018 and Ontario by January 2019.