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Canada B.C.'s new minimum wage now in effect

17:34  01 june  2018
17:34  01 june  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

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Select a new default local region: British Columbia. Calgary. B . C .' s minimum wage is going up by .30 Friday to boost the province' s current wage of .35 per hour to .65 per hour.

B . C .' s minimum wage is going up by .30 Friday to boost the province' s current wage of .35 per hour to .65. There' s points where any extra money felt like it could have put us under So a business any newer than us, I feel for them."

a pair of glasses on a table: B.C.'s minimum wage goes up by $1.30 Friday.© Mark Blinch/Reuters B.C.'s minimum wage goes up by $1.30 Friday.

B.C.'s minimum wage is going up by $1.30 Friday to boost the province's current wage of $11.35 per hour to $12.65.

The wage increase is part of the provincial government's plan to raise the current wage to just over $15 per hour by 2021.

To make that happen, the minimum wage will increase every year until that amount is met:

The head of the B.C. Federation of Labour, Irene Lanzinger, says it's not too much too soon.

"We have to remember that under the Liberals, we had a 10-year period when the minimum wage didn't go up at all," Lanzinger said.

"We live in a very expensive province. The poverty line is about $15 an hour. So there are hundreds of thousands of workers who, even if they work full-time, have a wage below the poverty line [and] that's just not fair."

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A minimum wage is the lowest remuneration that employers can legally pay their workers. Equivalently, it is the price floor below which workers may not sell their labor. Although minimum wage laws are in effect in many jurisdictions

B . C .' s minimum wage is going up by .30 Friday to boost the province' s current wage of .35 per hour to .65 per hour. For 11 long years under the BC Liberal government — from 2001 to 2011 — BC' s minimum wage was stuck at /hr.

Gogan Shottha co-owns a grocery store on Main Street in Vancouver.  He says his business can absorb the extra wages but says it won't be that way for every small business.

"It's much easier to deal with [at this point]," Shotta said. "At the very beginning [of his business], it would have caused a lot more stress. There's points where any extra money felt like it could have put us under ... So a business any newer than us, I feel for them."

Ontario, at $14 per hour, and Alberta at $13.60 per hour, have the highest minimum wages in Canada. Alberta is planning to raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour in October.

With files from Meera Bains

  • June 1, 2019: $13.85 an hour ($1.20 increase)
  • June 1, 2020: $14.60 an hour ($0.75 increase)
  • June 1, 2021: $15.20 an hour ($0.60 increase)
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