The province’s minimum wage will be going up to $15.20 hr in 2021.
Premier John Horgan made the announcement Thursday morning at JJ Bean Coffee Roasters in North Vancouver.
“Our commitment was to get the $15 by 2021 and the Fair Wage Commission has put us on to that track. The first job is to get us on to the right road and that will an increase this June to $12.65/hr.”
Horgan says the minimum wage will increase each June until it reaches $15.20/hr in June of 2021.
400,000 B.C workers who should not have to be relying on food banks or 2 or 3 jobs to make an honest living according to Horgan are currently paid less than $15/hr.
The Fair Wages Commission recommended the following schedule of increases:
- June 1, 2018: $12.65 an hour ($1.30 increase)
- June 1, 2019: $13.85 ($1.20 increase)
- June 1, 2020: $14.60 ($0.75 increase)
- June 1, 2021: $15.20 ($0.60 increase)
Depending on economic conditions, the commission also recommended that government consider of an additional hourly increase of up to $.20, to $15.40 an hour in 2021.