The minimum wage in Alberta has steadily risen for two and half years. By October it will be $15 an hour — almost 50 per cent higher than in 2015 and the highest in Canada. Of course, just as in Ontario, when the NDP government first announced the staged increases there were a lot of dire predictions about businesses going bankrupt and jobs disappearing because until that point Alberta’s minimum wage had been among the lowest in the country. But so far all those dire predictions haven’t materialized in Alberta. In fact, the Statistics Canada labour force survey for December notes that Alberta led employment growth in Canada with accommodation, food services, and natural resources the star performers.