Budgeting Workshop

Need help budgeting?  Want some tips to manage your finances?

 

The Community Resource Centre will be hosting a budgeting workshop in Foremost on Monday, August 21 and in Bow Island on Tuesday, August 22, both at 1pm, each at their respective Community Resource Centre.

 

The workshop is free for anyone to attend, so bring along anyone you think that could use some useful information.

Movie Night at Market in the Park

On Wednesday, August 23, Beauty and the Beast will be shown on the outdoor screen at Market in the Park.  The movie will be shown for free, so it's a great chance to check out all the goods on sale at the park and watch a fun movie with the family.  Market in the Park is Wednesday evenings, from 5pm to 8pm, for the rest of August.

Market in the Park

The Bow Island/Burdett and District Chamber of Commerce is holding their third annual Market in the Park this summer.  The market is open each Wednesday during the months of July and August from 5pm to 8pm at Centennial Park in Bow Island.

Summer Fun

Summer events will be underway for the summer, and our summer students at our Bow Island and Foremost locations will be running bi-weekly programs for kids aged 10-14.

Fees are $30 per child, which includes two events every week for the months of July and August, as well as two away trips.

This year, everyone that signs up will be able to go white water rafting near Pincher Creek and to a trampoline arena for their first trip, and to Calaway Park and Olympic Park for their second trip.

For more information about these events or the Summer Fun program, please call Chloë for Foremost (403-867-3077) or Rachel for Bow Island (403-545-6222).

Minimum Wage Increase

Upcoming changes to minimum wage 2016-2018

Type of employee October 1, 2016 October 1, 2017 October 1, 2018
Most employees – General minimum wage $12.20/hour $13.60/hour $15/hour
Liquor servers (as of Oct. 1, 2016 the liquor server rate was eliminated) $12.20/hour $13.60/hour $15/hour
Salespersons 
(including land agents and certain professionals)
$486/week $542/week $598/week
Domestic employees 
(living in their employer’s home)
$2,316/month $2,582/month $2,848/month

Basic rules

  • employers must pay employees at least the minimum wage
  • minimum wage is the same for adults, liquor servers, adolescents and young people
  • wages don’t include tips or expense money
  • there are weekly and monthly minimum wages for some salespersons and domestic employees
  • each time employees are required to report to work, they must be paid at least 3 hours of pay at the minimum wage, even if they’re sent home after less than 3 hours
  • maximum deductions below minimum wage for provided meals and lodging will remain at $3.35 per consumed meal and $4.41 per day’s lodging

Demographics

Here is what we know about low-income earners in Alberta (April 2015 – March 2016 statistics):

  • approximately 296,200 Albertans currently earn less than $15 per hour
  • the majority, nearly 62 per cent, are female
  • over 38 per cent have children
  • about 54 per cent work full-time
  • over 78 per cent have permanent jobs
  • the majority, 58.5 per cent, work for employers that have 100 or more employees