Minimum Wage to Increase by 20 Cents
Minister Shirley Bond announces boost to minimum wage, video courtesy Government of BC and Send to News
Prince George, B.C.- There is very little celebration in the labour movement over news the minimum wage in B.C. will be boosted by 20cents an hour to $10.45 this September.The Minister for Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, Shirley Bond had advised 250News an increase was in the works (see previous story) but no one expected it would come this quickly.
The minimum wage will be set annually based on a formula linked to the increase in the Consumer Price Index in B.C. in the previous year. If the CPI decreases, the minimum wage would stay unchanged.
The new rate takes effect September 15th.
The new rate of $10.45 per hour puts B.C. on par with Manitoba, and ahead of some regions of the country with the exception of Ontario, Nova Scotia, the Yukon, and Nunavut.
The BC Federation of Labour had been pushing to have the minimum wage increased to $15.00 an hour, and last fall had said it needed to be at least $13.00 an hour in order to get workers over the poverty line.
Here is a list of minimum wage in the rest of the nation: