BC premier to make minimum wage announcement

BC premier to make minimum wage announcement

Horgan said today that in order to get to the $15 an hour mark in that timeframe, the minimum wage will increase by $1.30 an hour on June 1st to $12.65 an hour.

Business groups have expressed concerns about too fast an increase, as Ontario recently jumped to $15 without a transition period, outraging many industries.

The chamber said it supports wage increases linked to the consumer price index to bring stability and predictability to the increases.

The minimum wage in British Columbia will pass $15 an hour, but not until 2021, the provincial government announced today.

On Thursday, Premier John Horgan said the panel advised moving to $15.20 with increases between now and 2021.

Depending on economic conditions, the commission recommended that government consider of an additional hourly increase of up to $.20, to $15.40 an hour in 2021.

The four hikes represent a 34 per cent increase over four years and comes on the heels of the work of B.C.'s Fair Wage Commission.

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Horgan and Labour Minister Harry Bains are set to make the announcement this morning in North Vancouver.

Premier John Horgan says the timeline is aimed at finding a balance between allowing businesses to predict their needs and giving hope to about 400,000 of the lowest-paid workers in the province. Green Party leader Andrew Weaver criticized the government for putting in a firm deadline for implementation while the Fair Wages Commission was preparing it's recommendations.

"I am especially concerned that this may be the straw that breaks some of them", she said, adding businesses are facing increased property taxes, and increases in taxes due to recent federal tax changes to the CCPC.

"Poverty and inequality are rampant in our province while B.C.is Canada's most expensive place to live", Lanzinger said in a statement. If it doesn't ease the plight of low-wage earners, the question of how to make their lives better must still be answered.

"The commission report included many stories of people who work on minimum wage", Bains said.

British Columbia will move to a $15.20 minimum wage by June, 2021, running behind Ontario and Alberta, which will both hit the level within the next year.

The BC Federation of Labour claims 80 per cent of British Columbians who make less than $15 per hour are adults and one in seven holds a post-secondary degree.

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