06/11/2015 08:24 EDT | Updated 06/11/2016 05:59 EDT

Industry talks to Alberta Labour minister about raising minimum wage

EDMONTON - Several industry officials met with Alberta Labour Minister Lori Sigurdson Thursday to give their input on raising minimum wage.

Mark von Schellwitz of Restaurants Canada says liquor servers don’t need to be boosted to $15 per hour because they make a lot of money in tips.

The industry says restaurants and bars should still be allowed to pay a lower rate to servers and young people in their first jobs should be paid less.

Lanny McGinnis of Retail Council of Canada says customers will suffer from a lower standard of service, because employers will cut back on workers.

Debbie Foisey, president of the Greenhouse Growers Association, says the students they hire start at minimum wage, but their wages don't stay there.

Sigurdson says the minimum wage will be $15 per hour by 2018 — Alberta's current minimum wage is $10.20, among the lowest in Canada.

The first increase will be announced July 1 to take effect Oct. 1.