New Minimum Wage Hike Goes into Effect Today
Prince George, B.C. – Those at the bottom of the pay scale in this province will receive a small boost on their next pay checks.
This as the minimum wage increases from $10.45 an hour to $10.85 an hour starting today. The liquor server minimum wage will also rise 40 cents to $9.60.
The provincial government says these new rates include the 10 cents scheduled for the 2015 Consumer Price Index (CPI), plus an additional 30 cents.
There will also be a second increase of 30 cents an hour plus an amount based on the 2016 CPI on September 15, 2017 bringing the general minimum wage to at least $11.25 and the liquor serving minimum wage to $10.
The 2016 CPI will be available from Statistics Canada by March 2017.
Despite the bump, the BC NDP argues the increases don’t go far enough and have promised to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by the end of their first term in government if elected next May.