Minimum Wage Hike Considered in B.C.


VANCOUVER — The B.C. government is seriously considering a minimum wage hike, The Canadian Press reports.

The province has the lowest minimum wage rate in the country, which has been frozen at $8 an hour for the past 10 years. Now, Iain Black, the province’s Labour Minister, is announcing he and his staff will consult with business and labour leaders on how to proceed with the proposed change. Also up for discussion will be how to better clarify workplace standards, improve enforcement and respond more quickly to complaints, the CP reports.

“The workplace is changing constantly,” Black was reported as saying in B.C.’s Terrace Standard. “I’sve asked staff to gather views on how we can best ensure employment standards reflect the realities and needs of employees and employers in 21st-century workplaces.”

Black is supported by Moira Stillwell and George Abbott, both potential candidates for Liberal party leadership in the province.

Minimum wage increases in other provinces have been debated by the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association.


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