BC to raise minimum wage by 50 cents an hour

BC raising minimum wage 50 cents to $11.35 per hour

BC raising minimum wage 50 cents to $11.35 per hour

The B.C. Chamber of Commerce has said that "a hike to a $15 minimum wage in B.C. would negatively impact many B.C. small businesses" and called on any wage increases to be linked to the consumer price index.

"Today's increase and our commitment to the $15 minimum wage will benefit nearly 100,000 British Columbians who have been getting by on one of the lowest minimum wages in the country", said Horgan, adding that 62% of minimum-wage earners are women.

The provincial government says it is making its first move toward a $15/hour minimum wage in B.C., announcing a 50-cent increase taking effect next month.

"We've listened to business owners and workers, and we recognize the need for a gradual strategy for increasing minimum wage, a timeline to allow employers to adapt", said Bains.

The NDP campaigned on a promise of raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour by the end of its first term in government.

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He says a fair wages commission will meet in a couple weeks and embark on a consultation process with stakeholders to determine how the wage will incrementally increase to $15.

The NDP confirmed Tuesday that the minimum wage in British Columbia will increase to $11.35 an hour beginning September 15, the first step to an eventual hike to $15 per hour.

Effective September 15th, minimum-wage earners will see their pay increase to $11.35 per hour from $10.85 per hour, giving B.C. the third-highest minimum wage among Canada's provinces.

Currently, only Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador have a lower minimum wage than British Columbia.

Alberta has the highest minimum wage of all the provinces at $12.20 an hour, which will rise to $13.60 an hour on October 1.

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"Minimum wage in B.C. was not raised for 10 years".

"What we are doing now is a small step to catch up".

The minimum wage will be subject to incremental increases over time, Bains said.

Bains said a fair wage commission will be established to plan how to raise the rate without hurting businesses.

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