The Alberta Government is promising to increase the pay of pharmacy technicians by nearly 50 per cent.
The province says it is doing this because they are essential to the health of Albertans.
“We know that when we get to those ages, a pharmacy tech is one of the first steps that we make,” Alberta Health Services Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk said.
“I think that’s important because we know that if we do not have that first step, then the patient doesn’t get the quality care they deserve.”
The province will also give pharmacy technicians a raise to $60,000, which will give them a salary of $78,000.
The minimum wage is now $22.75 an hour.
A similar increase was made to the public service sector in 2014, but this is the first time the province has increased pay to pharmacists.
The raise is expected to go into effect in March.