With minimum wage set to go up by a dollar next month, the change could affect up to 53,000 people in the Edmonton area.
That’s how many people are making $12.20 an hour or less, what will be the new minimum wage come Oct. 1.
Public Interest Alberta is putting out numbers from statistics Canada about low-wage workers in the province. It says one in five people in Edmonton are making $15 an hour or less.
The majority of them are women, according to the numbers, 73,000 or 62%.
Executive Director Joel French also says more than three quarters of low-wage earners are 20 years old and over.
“The image of a teenager living in their parents’ basement and working just to earn extra spending money is not the reality for most low-wage earners.”
He says it’s important to keep these people in mind when talking about the approaching $15 minimum wage.
“These statistics underscore the importance, for Albertans and their families, of the government sticking to the promise they were elected on to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2018, and we are encouraged that the government has sent the message that they are going to do that.”
You can see the full numbers here. (kdr)