Debate still rages over wages

Labour wants end to minimum wage differences, business wants more categories
By Sheila Brawn
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/01/2016

What is fair when it comes to minimum wage? Not surprisingly, labour, business groups and governments have different perspectives on the issue.

One aspect of minimum wage that clearly shows the differences is whether all minimum wage workers in a province should be paid the same rate.

Debate around this issue has intensified in recent months with the Alberta government’s announcement it would eliminate a lower minimum wage rate for liquor servers on Oct. 1. Liquor servers are paid a lower rate because they can generally increase their earnings through tips.