Reacting to the Minimum Wage Announcement

The BC government’s announcement to increase the minimum wage to $15/hour is good news for low-wage workers in BC but the long timeline will continue to keep workers in poverty for too long.

Our Community Organizer Trish Garner sat down with Jody Vance on Roundhouse Radio about the minimum wage increases being too slow and the need for a comprehensive poverty reduction plan. You can listen to her interview here.

Meanwhile, Okanagan Poverty Reduction Coordinator Christine Mettler spoke to Global News to say that $15/hour couldn’t come fast enough:

“The cost of living has gone up exponentially and wages have not kept pace with inflation and the cost of living, so that means people living in poverty will continue to live in poverty for at least the next three years.”

You can watch Christine here.

Press Releases

BC Poverty Reduction Coalition: $15/hour by 2021 keeps workers in poverty for too long, community advocates urge strong action in BC’s poverty reduction plan to fill the gap

BC Federation of Labour: Three-year wait for $15 minimum wage disappointing, says BCFED