The Fort Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce is receiving less than thrilled responses to the new minimum wage hike.
On October 1, the Alberta minimum wage rose from $12.20 an hour to $13.60 and will continue to rise to $15.00 an hour by 2018.
"We have a lot of business owners here that they generally pay themselves last, so when you look at their staff, this is a huge impact," said Tamara Dabels, the Fort Sask Chamber's executive director.
As regulatory costs and taxes continue to increase, businesses are finding it harder and harder to keep up.
"(Business owners) are frustrated, there's a lot of challenges right now and this is certainly impacting their business."
Dabels added one business owner in the Fort has major concerns with the hike, as it will cost them an estimated $135,000 more per year.
The chamber continues to lobby the provincial government to halt minimum wage increases until the effects of previous increases can be assessed.

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