NDP government announces minimum wage increase
BC NDP government announced their plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by June of 2021. The increase will begin with an initial lift this June to $12.65 per hour from the current minimum wage of $11.35 per hour. Hundreds of thousands of British Columbians will see an increase to their pay cheques.
Though the timeline is longer than we hoped, we know this increase wouldn’t have happened without our campaign and the support of people like you. The campaign has generated unprecedented public support as British Columbians recognize the pressing need to take action on rising inequality.
Over the next few months, there will be more opportunities to make life better in BC. The government is undertaking a number of reviews that will address poverty and inequality. Shortly, they will release a report on how to handle exemptions to the minimum wage, such as the server wage. The Poverty Reduction Task Force is holding community meetings around the province to hear ideas for addressing poverty. And the Fair Wages Commission remains tasked with making recommendations on how to bridge the gap between the minimum wage and the living wage.
All of these reviews present a chance for us to level the playing field for workers in BC.
Thank you again for your support,
BC Federation of Labour