The Business Council is recommending the NDP government go it slow on hiking the minimum wage.
Executive Vice President Jock Finlayson is recommending a measured incremental approach.
Finlayson says, BCBC wants a hike in the minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour in five years, but doesn’t offer any specifics.
“We are at $11.35 an hour at the moment in B.C. We said moving to $15.00 should be done over the sort over the 2021-2022 period, in a series of modest steps. One thing we don’t want to see is a replication in British Columbia of what Ontario is doing. Ontario is taking a very dramatic jump from $11.35 an hour to $14.00 an hour in just one year”
Finlayson told the Fair Wage Commission a few years of modest and predictable step by step increases will give employers and the labour market time to adjust and limit harmful consequences.