Could you imagine making minimum wage only to find out that next month, your wage per hour would actually be decreasing? All throughout Canada, each provincial government has been raising the minimum wage over the past year, but in one province, some Canadians will be getting paid even less come next month.
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is slashing minimum wage for students under 18. This means that all Canadian teenagers under the age of 18 will see their minimum wage of $15 cut to $13 per hour next month.
According to The Globe and Mail, beginning on June 26, Alberta's United Conservative Party and Jason Kenney are cutting minimum wage for students to $13 per hour. Kenney stated that "increasing the minimum wage in the middle of an economic downturn hurt small businesses and made finding work more difficult for young people".
During a news conference yesterday, Kenney stated that the newly decreased wage is "still a very generous wage" and went on to justify the cut by stating, "$13 an hour is a lot more than $0". He also said that Albertan teenagers have been "priced out of the labour market"
On Tuesday, Kenney stated on Twitter that Alberta is seeing "record high youth unemployment" and that the current job market is "not working for youth in Alberta".
Previously, Kenney stated that cutting minimum wage for teenagers would create more jobs for Albertans. He claimed that the current $15 wage across the province was "curtailing hiring".
This wage cut will hit all Albertan teenagers who are under 18-years-old and are currently enrolled in an education program. During the school year, for the first 28 hours that a student works, they will be paid at $13 per hour – anything over that will result in a pay of at $15 per hour.
So if you're a student looking to work during summer vacation, you'll only be paid $13 per hour during the holiday break.
Alberta is one of only two Canadian provinces that decreased youth wage from adult wages. Ontario is currently the only other province with a youth wage. In Ontario, students are paid $13.15 per hour instead of $14, which means it is a less than one dollar disparity.
With this new change, the disparity in Alberta will be $2 per hour.