Minimum wage earners will receive a boost as the third step to the NDP’s gradual minimum wage increase is effective today.

As of today Oct. 1st the new minimum wage in Alberta is $13.60/hr, and next year the provincial minimum wage will increase again, to $15/hr.

Labour Minister Christina Gray says through the minimum wage increase, they are supporting the province’s economy.

“All hard-working people deserve to earn enough money to support themselves and their families. Our government is staying true to our commitment to make life better for those Albertans who earn the bare minimum. This increase will boost the spending power of low-income people, which supports Alberta’s economic recovery.”