An increase to those who earn minimum wage is expected to be in store this year.
Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour Shirley Bond has issued the following statement regarding the B.C. minimum wage:
“The Province is reviewing the minimum wage increase to keep it in line with overall economic growth. We expect to announce a minimum wage increase this spring, with the new rate coming into effect Sept. 15, 2016.”
“Given our stronger economic growth, we feel there should be room for a modest incremental adjustment beyond B.C.’s CPI so that all workers can benefit from our success.
“The scheduled increase, based on this year’s B.C. CPI, does not reflect the economic circumstances of the province. In setting the minimum wage rate, we have always been clear: ‘we want to strike a balance.’ The balance is between making sure all British Columbians can share in our province’s success while not impeding businesses’ ability to grow.”