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Minimum wage in BC goes up 50 cents

Minimum wage in BC goes up 50 cents”

Along with Friday's planned increase, Bains says the province will soon announce details of its fair wages commission. This commission, through consultation and research, will provide recommendations on how to get B.C.to a $15-an-hour minimum wage with regular, measured and predictable increases that businesses can absorb.

For liquor servers, they also saw a 50 cent hike, to $10.10 per hour.

Minimum wage climbs 50 cents to $11.35 an hour today in B.C.

"The 50 cents increase was a commitment made by the previous government that we as the new government will honour and legally implement, thereby creating a stepping stone towards our $15-an-hour goal", Bains said at the time.

The boost means B.C. has the third-highest minimum wage across the country. Fourteen percent, or 13,100 were over the age of 55 and 57,700, of 62% of women earn minimum wage. The B.C. government said there were 93,800 people who earned minimum wage in B.C. past year in a workforce of just under two million people.

In fact, according to the Ministry of Labour, there were 93,800 people earning minimum wage in 2016.



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