Radio NL: The Business Council of B.C. wants the NDP Government to tread carefully when raising the minimum wage

January 10, 2018
Tara Zwaan

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.

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