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Alberta Provincial Payroll Information

This page provides provincial payroll information for the province of Alberta. Click one of the links below to move directly to the corresponding section. To view Federal information, please click here.

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Minimum Wage  Hours of work  Worker's Compensation  Leaves  Statutory Holidays  Minimum Age  Pay Statements  Terminations  Vacationable Earnings 


  • TD1 - Basic Personal Amount - Every person employed in Alberta and every pensioner residing in Alberta can claim the personal exemption amount of $18,915 in 2018 (up from $18,690 in 2017).
  • Federal Basic Exemption - The Federal Basic Exemption amount is $11,809 in 2018.

Note: This information is meant to serve as a guide only. Readers are encouraged to consult the full legislation of the Alberta Employment Standards Code. Here are some online resources:

Minimum Wage in Alberta

The province of Alberta has various wage rate standards as follows:

Parties Applicable Wage Rate
General $15.00 as of Oct 1, 2018.
Specified salespersons $598.00 Weekly as of October 1, 2018.
Domestic living in employer's residence $2,848.00 Monthly as of October 1, 2018.

Hours of Work in Alberta

The type of employee excluded from this legislature are management, chartered accountants, licensed real estate agents, automobile salesmen, farm workers, etc.

Period Rate
Maximum 8.00 hours/day or 48.00 hours/week.
Minimum 3.00 hours/shift or 2.00 hours/shift (if the latter, exclude statutory hours from the overtime calculation and reduce the work week by the statutory hours).
Overtime Hours in excess of 8.00 hours/day or 44.00 hours/week (with a maximum of 12 hours per day, unless an exemption occurs).
Overtime Rate 1 and 1/2 times the employee's regular rate of pay.
Compressed Work Week Maximum of 12.00 hours/day or 44.00 hours/week.
Break Period 1/2 hour per consecutive 5 hours worked.
Rest Period One day of rest for each week or work.

* if employed as school bus driver, student under 18 working outside school hours, or on part-time basis in recreational, community service or other related organizations.

Worker's Compensation in Alberta

The Maximum Assessable Earnings amount for 2018 is $98,700 (no change from 2017 at the time this web page was published). The deadline for submission is the last day of February.

Bonuses Moving allowances (if taxable)
Commissions Pay in lieu of notice
Call in pay Regular salary or wages/overtime
Call back pay Shift premium
Car allowances (if taxable) Sick pay (paid during year)
Clothing allowances (if taxable) Standby pay
Gifts (cash) Short-term disability paid by the employer
Gratuities Temporary lay-off with pay
Long-term disability paid by the employer Travel allowances (if taxable)
Maternity with pay Vacation pay/statutory holiday pay
Taxable Benefits such as:
Board & lodging Provincial medical
Company car RRSP/Stock options (if taxable)
Life insurance WCB top-up
Directors' fees Severance pay
Private health care WCB award
Retiring allowance Sick pay (payout on termination)

Leaves of Absence in Alberta

Adoption Leave
Time with Employer Same as Parental Leave
Required Notice Same as Parental Leave
Length of Leave 37 weeks
Paid No
Bereavement Leave
Time with Employer 90 days
Required Notice As much notice as is reasonable and practicable in the circumstances.
Length of Leave Up to 3 days in a calendar year.
Paid No
Citizenship Ceremony Leave
Time with Employer 90 days
Required Notice As much notice as is reasonable and practicable in the circumstances.
Length of Leave Up to one-half day.
Paid No
Compassionate Care Leave
Time with Employer 90 days
Required Notice At least two weeks prior to the leave, employee must supply a medical certificate stating family member has a medical condition with risk of death within 26 weeks.
Length of Leave Up to 27 weeks. A leave may be broken into two different periods with each being at least one week in length.
Paid Six weeks of Employment Insurance benefits may be paid to EI eligible employees.
Maternity Leave
Time with Employer 90 days
Required Notice 6 weeks
Length of Leave 16 weeks taken no sooner than 13 weeks before the expected birth with a minimum of six weeks after birth.
Paid No
Parental Leave
Time with Employer 90 days
Required Notice 6 weeks
Length of Leave 37 consecutive weeks taken within 52 weeks following the birth or care and custody of the child (born or adopted), immediately following the pregnancy leave.
Extension of Leave No specification at this time.
Benefits Maintained No
Personal and Family Responsibility Leave
Time with Employer 90 days
Required Notice As much notice as is reasonable and practicable in the circumstances.
Length of Leave Up to 5 days in a calendar year.
Paid No
Sick Leave
There is no provincial law that requires employers to provide sick days or pay for sick days. Employers may offer sick days at their discretion by employment contract.
Voting Leave
Time with Employer N/A
Required Notice N/A
Length of Leave Three consecutive hours
Paid Yes

Statutory Holidays in Alberta

Holiday 2018 2017
New Year's Day Mon., Jan. 01 Sun., Jan. 01
Alberta Family Day Mon, Feb. 19 Mon, Feb. 20
Good Friday Fri., Mar. 30 Fri., Apr. 14
Victoria Day Sun., May 21 Mon., May 22
Canada Day Mon., Jul. 02 Sat., Jul. 01
Labour Day Mon., Sep. 03 Mon., Sep. 04
Thanksgiving Day Mon., Oct. 08 Mon., Oct. 09
Remembrance Day Sun., Nov. 11 Sat., Nov. 11
Christmas Day Tue., Dec. 25 Mon., Dec. 25

In accordance with the Canadian Labour Standards code, if a statutory holiday is worked during a regularly scheduled work day an employee must receive their regular rate of pay plus time and a half for all the hours worked. Or an employee can take regular wages for the time worked and then receive a day off with pay on a later day before his or her next annual vacation.

* In addition to the federal holidays above, the province recognizes a provincial statutory holiday called Family Day. Family Day, which falls on the third Monday in February, is not necessarily granted in the case of people employed in the retail industry. In this case it is the employer's decision to grant the day off. If the day off is not granted then the employer must grant another day off in place of Family Day.

Minimum Age in Alberta

As of May 1, 2018 and with the written permission of a parent or guardian, adolescents age 12 may be hired to work:

  • as a delivery person of small wares and such items as newspapers or flyers and hand bills
  • in a retail store as a clerk, or delivery person
  • in an office as an office clerk or messenger
  • certain jobs in the restaurant and food service industry (with restrictions)

They must not work any hours from 9:00pm to 6:00am and they can work a maximum of two hours on a school day and eight hours on any other day.

An employer may not hire a person of age 15 to (and including) age 17 to work between midnight and 6:00 a.m. in connection with hotels, gas stations or retail stores selling drinks, food or any other products. And may only work at these places between 9:00 p.m. and midnight if supervised at all times by someone of age 18 or older.

With the written permission from a parent or guardian a person age 15 to (and including) age 17 may work under the supervision of an adult in nursing or care homes, hospitals, or manufacturing plants.

Pay Statements in Alberta

For Alberta there is no legislation on the frequency at which pay periods should take place. The employee must receive their pay on an established regular basis. By legislation, Alberta pay statements must contain the following (though employers may include additional items):

Pay statement inclusions
Regular wages Lieu of notice pay
Overtime wages Statutory, public, general and holiday pay hours
Pay period dates Overtime rate and wages and overtime hours banked and taken
Total regular hours worked Itemized Deductions
Wage rate Vacation pay

Termination Notice in Alberta

Individual Terminations
Length of Employment Statutory Notice Required
3 months or less None
Between 3 months and 2 years 1 week
Between 2 years and 4 years 2 weeks
Between 4 years and 6 years 4 weeks
Between 6 years and 8 years 5 weeks
Between 8 years and 10 years 6 weeks
10 years or more 8 weeks
Group Terminations
Number of Employees Notice Required
50 to 99 8 weeks
100 to 299 12 weeks
300 plus 16 weeks

The Employment Standards Code, RSA, states minimum statutory notice requirements. A terminated employee may be legally entitled to receive more than the minimum notice or pay in lieu required by the statute.

Required Notice - Group Termination - Group terminations apply to a group of 50 employees or more. The employer must notify the affected employees and their unions(s) with written notice.

Vacationable Earnings in Alberta

Inclusions and Exclusions
Work related bonuses (cash) Commissions earned by a route salesman
Call in pay Previously paid vacation pay (if employer has already paid out on each pay)
Call back pay Regular salary/wages/retroactive
Commissions earned at employer's premises Shift premium
Taxable Benefits such as:
Board & lodging
Allowances (Car, clothing, moving, travel) Severance/Plant severance
Discretionary bonuses (cash) Sick pay - Sick days
Commissions earned away from employer's premises Standby pay
Directors' fees Statutory - Company Holidays (floaters)
Gifts (cash or in kind) Statutory - General Holidays
Overtime pay Tips and Gratuities
Pay in lieu of notice/Termination pay Retiring allowance (lump sum and installments)
Profit Sharing  
Taxable Benefits:
Company car and parking Loans
Life Insurance Provincial Medical

Vacation Entitlement
Length of employment Entitlement
1 to 4 years 2 weeks or 4%
5 years or more 3 weeks or 6%


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