Notley says South African firefighters need to be paid according to Alberta laws

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is promising 300 South African firefighters who helped out with the Fort McMurray blaze will get the wages they were promised for coming to Canada.

EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is promising 300 South African firefighters who helped out with the Fort McMurray blaze will get the wages they were promised for coming to Canada.

Speaking to reporters in Calgary, Notley says Alberta signed a contract with the South Africans to pay the firefighters roughly $170 a day and to cover their food, lodging and travel.

A spokesman for the South African agency that contracted the firefighters says the workers receive their normal rate of pay, plus $50 extra a day while working in Canada.

Their normal pay is only $200 to $1,200 a month in Canadian dollars, depending on their rank.

Notley is assuring those firefighters they will be paid according to Alberta law.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Heatwave welcomed by farmers

Warmth will help some crops catch up after wet spring

40 million masks provided to Albertans

The Alberta government’s mask distribution program has ended, with 40 million non-medical… Continue reading

Rollout of COVID-19 Alert app faces criticism over accessibility on older phones

The app requires users to have Apple or Android phones made in the last five years

The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Aug. 3

Alberta at more than 10,000 confirmed

David Marsden: Back-to-school plan makes sense

Albertans are wise to propose ways to improve students’ return to classrooms… Continue reading

Jets rebound with 3-2 win over Flames, even qualifying series 1-1

Jets rebound with 3-2 win over Flames, even qualifying series 1-1

Penguins beat Canadiens 3-1 in Game 2 to pull even in best-of-five series

Penguins beat Canadiens 3-1 in Game 2 to pull even in best-of-five series

Danielle Kang wins at Inverness in LPGA return to golf

Danielle Kang wins at Inverness in LPGA return to golf

Thomas holds off Koepka to win WGC in Memphis, reclaim No. 1

Thomas holds off Koepka to win WGC in Memphis, reclaim No. 1

Koepka’s biggest challenge is history in bid for 3 in a row

Koepka’s biggest challenge is history in bid for 3 in a row

Vegas, Dallas players kneel for anthems as protests gain momentum at NHL restart

Vegas, Dallas players kneel for anthems as protests gain momentum at NHL restart

VanVleet’s career night carries Raptors past Heat, 107-103

VanVleet’s career night carries Raptors past Heat, 107-103

Most Read