Legislative Roundup

Changes in payroll laws and regulations from across Canada
|Canadian Payroll Reporter|Last Updated: 07/14/2014


Minimum wage going up

Minimum wage rates in Alberta are going up on Sept. 1.

The general minimum wage rate will rise from $9.95 per hour to $10.20. The rate for liquor servers will rise from $9.05 per hour to $9.20.

When the government implemented a minimum wage for liquor servers three years ago, it announced the rate would stay at $9.05 until the general minimum wage rate reached $10.05. Once that happened, the rate for liquor servers would increase, but would be $1 per hour less than the general rate.

The minimum wage rate for certain salespersons specified in provincial regulations will rise from $397 per week to $406. Specified salespersons include those selling automobiles, trucks and buses; farm machinery; heavy duty construction equipment or road construction equipment; mobile homes; and residential homes if the salesperson works for the homebuilder.

This also includes salespersons working for a commercial agent licensed under the Licensing of Trades and Businesses Act, as well as commission-based salespersons (excluding route salespersons) who generally work outside of their employer’s place of business to sell orders that will be delivered later.

If an employer provides board and lodging to employees, the e

mployer may reduce the employees’ wages below the minimum wage by a maximum of $4.41 per day for room and $3.35 per meal as of Sept. 1.


Province moving to implement budget proposals

The provincial government has tabled legislation to implement measures proposed in its 2014 budget that would enhance tax credits for businesses that hire apprentices.

Bill 73, The Budget Implementation and Tax Statutes Amendment Act, 2014, would:

•increase the maximum tax credit for level 1 and 2 apprentices to $5,000 from $3,000 for apprentices in Winnipeg and $4,000 for those outside of the city

•raise the tax credit for level 3, 4 and 5 apprentices and for newly certified journeypersons from 10 per cent of salary and wages to 15 per cent

•change the way the tax credit is calculated so it is based on salary and wages paid in the tax year instead of on salary and wages paid for a level of apprenticeship or a 12-month period of employment ending in that year

•eliminate the requirement for a proof-of-credit certificate.

Bill 73 received first reading in the Manitoba Legislative Assembly on June 3. At press time, the legislature had not yet passed the bill.

Employment Standards creates guide for agriculture industry

Manitoba Employment Standards has created a guide to explain how the province’s Employment Standards Code applies to employers and employees in the agriculture industry.

A Guide to Employment Standards in Agriculture provides an overview of the provisions that apply to the various sectors of the industry. The guide is available on the Department of Labour and Immigration’s website at