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Alberta Minimum Wage: New Raise Makes It Second Lowest Rate In Canada

05/31/2012 06:28 EDT | Updated 07/31/2012 05:12 EDT
EDMONTON - Alberta is to raise its general minimum wage to $9.75 per hour on Sept. 1.

The 35-cent increase will mean the province will have the second lowest rate in Canada.

The minimum wage for people who serve liquor will remain at $9.05.

The Alberta government is trying to put its minimum wage in a positive light, saying when you factor in the province's tax rates, it is the second highest rate in Canada.

But the Alberta Federation of Labour says that statement is twisting the truth, noting the province has one of the highest cost of living in the country.

Nunavut's general minimum wage of $11.00 per hour is the highest in Canada, while Saskatchewan's rate of $9.50 is the lowest.