Highway Cleanup

The Community Resource Centre will be joining FCSS again this year in the Highway Cleanup.  If you're interested in volunteering some time to help clean up our highways with us, contact the FCSS office closest to you (403-867-2766 Foremost, 403-545-2200 Bow Island).

Professional Assistants' Luncheon

The Bow Island Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Professional Assistants' Luncheon once again this year.  The event will take place on Wednesday, April 26.  Location is pending.

 

If you are interested in having your staff attend the event, please call the Bow Island Chamber of Commerce office at 403-545-6222.

Bow Island Trade Show

The Bow Island/Burdett and District Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual Trade Show on April 28 and 29.  It is a great chance for local vendors to show off locally sold goods and help promote local businesses, so mark those days off on your calendar and we hope to see you there!

 

If you are a vendor and wish to participate in this year's Trade Show, please contact the Bow Island Chamber Office (aka The Community Resource Centre) at 403-545-6222 to find out how to register.

 

 

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