The $40,000 cashier (Editor’s Notes)

QuikTrip shows investing in employees really pays off
By Todd Humber
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/08/2013

Can you be an employer of choice and pay workers minimum wage? Or, phrased another way: Can an organization be successful if it essentially treats its most important assets like replaceable pawns?

Minimum wage rates vary across the country, from $9.75 per hour in Alberta to $11 in Nunavut. That means full-time minimum wage earners in Canada pull in anywhere from $20,280 to $22,880 per year.

If you listen to business groups, you’ll hear many employers can’t afford to pay a nickel more. Many small businesses, particularly those in the retail and hospitality sector, have razor-thin margins.