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B.C. minimum-wage increase leaves workers in poverty – CCPA’s Iglika Ivanova

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On March 12, BC’s Provincial government announced that the minimum wage would increase in September 2015, and that future increases will be indexed to inflation. In a recent article published by Rabble.ca, Iglika Ivanova -Senior Economist and Public Interest Researcher- argues this increase is far from what’s needed:

“In Metro Vancouver, a worker struggling to get by on minimum wage will be almost $5,500 below the poverty line for a single person this year. Even with [the recent] increase, B.C.’s lowest-paid workers have lost ground since 2012, when the gap between the poverty line and full-time minimum-wage income was just shy of $5,000 for a single person living in Metro Vancouver.”

Reaction to the 20-cent increase has been largely negative, with labour unions launching a province-wide campaign calling for the minumum wage to be set at $15 per hour, and many others arguing that this is not a significant increase to make a difference for the thousands of British Columbians who depend on minimum wage jobs to make a living. In her review, Ivanova concludes:

“At the end of the day, a poverty wage indexed for inflation remains a poverty wage.”

You can read the full article here