December Closures

The Community Resource Centres will be closed on Monday through Wednesday, December 24 through December 26 for Christmas and Boxing Day.  We will also be closed on Monday and Tuesday, December 31 and January 1, for New Year's Day.

Holiday Closures

Due to the Christmas holidays, our offices will be closed from December 22 until January 1, reopening on January 2.

We wish everyone a wonderful Christmas and happy holiday season.

Skate With Santa

Come skate with Santa!  On Sunday, December 9, Santa will be joining us at the Western Financial Arena in Bow Island.  The evening will start with a performance by the Bow Island Skating Club at 4pm, followed by public skating until 6pm.

We will also serve hot chocolate and snacks for free!

We can't wait to see you there!

Chamber of Commerce meetings

The Bow Island Chamber of Commerce holds monthly meetings, which are open to the public, each month on the first Wednesday.  They meet at the Bow Island Town Office, in the back meeting room, at 12pm.  If you have any questions about the meetings, feel free to call the Bow Island Community Resource Centre (and Chamber office) at 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