Public Interest Alberta has released 2016 data on low-wage earners in Alberta from Statistics Canada. Read our media release showing what the data means for Albertans working in the province.
Nearly one in five employed Albertans are low-wage workers.
- 354,700 of 1,906,700 employed Albertans earn $15 per hour or less (18.6%)
- 403,400 earn $16 per hour or less (21.2%)
- 158,600 earn the new minimum wage ($12.20 per hour) or less (8.3%)
The majority of low-wage workers in Alberta are women.
- 213,500 low-wage workers are women (60.2%).
- 100,200 workers earning the new minimum wage ($12.20 per hour) or less are women (63.2%).
More than three-quarters of low-wage workers are 20 years of age or older.
- 273,500 (77.1%) are 20 years of age or older.
- 77,900 (22.0%) are between 20 and 24 years old.
- 115,800 (32.6%) are between 25 and 44 years old.
- 79,800 (22.5%) are 45 years of age or older.
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