Premier Christy Clark says that while the B.C. Federation of Labour’s request for a $15 minimum wage isn’t in the cards, she is open to exploring more modest, planned and predictable minimum wage increases.
Premier Clark denied the BC Federation of Labour’s request citing the fragile economy, and the need to support small businesses, which have asked for a systemic, predictable increase so that they can plan for it.
Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training Hon. Shirley Bond has been tasked with determining a formula for the minimum wage increase.
Premier Clark has raised the minimum wage three times since coming to power in 2011, most recently in 2012 to the current rate of $10.25 an hour.
The BC Chamber has been consulting with Ministers Bond and Yamamoto on this matter in recent months, encouraging them to allow the province to manage this increase in a manner consistent with all other provinces.