We need your help! The BC government has finally announced who will be part of their Fair Wage Commission - and it’s not small business.
The committee members who are leading the consultation are:
- Chair - Marjorie Griffin Cohen, an economist and Simon Fraser University professor emeritus who helped establish the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives in B.C. who advocate for minimum wage increases and the living wage;
- Ivan Limpright, the current president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union 1518 and is a vice-president for the BC Federation of Labour;
- Ken Peacock, the vice-president and chief economist of the Business Council of B.C.
CFIB needs your help to ensure the voice of small business is heard. We appreciate the comments sent through after our last post and will be including those in our submission to the commission. Please continue to send your comments through.
We need your help!
Let your voice be heard and tell us how you feel about the minimum wage. You can reach out by emailing us at [email protected] and we will include your comments in our submission.
There is only a 90-day window to participate in the consultation on how the province should transition to a $15-an-hour minimum wage. The goal of the commission is to have a gradual, predictable, common-sense schedule to increase the current $11.35-an-hour minimum to $15 over however many years the panel recommends.
According to a Vancouver Sun story, the Minister has also stated that after it produces the report the commission will go on to consider the gap between the minimum wage and a “living wage” in the province. In case you’re wondering the current living wage rate for Metro Vancouver is $20.62/hour, Victoria is $20.01/hour, Port Alberni is $17.22/hr, Kamloops is $16.90/hour, Northeast Region is $18.29/hour and Lower Columbia region is $18.15/hour just to name a few.