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B.C. to introduce minimum wage increase in June

Low-wage workers in B.C. will be getting a small pay hike.

Starting June 1, the province will increase the minimum wage from $15.20 to $15.65 an hour.

The province is following through on a 2020 commitment and then tie future increases to the rate of inflation.

“B.C. had one of the lowest minimum wages in the country prior to 2017, but was one of the most expensive places to live,” said Harry Bains, Minister of Labour.

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“We do not want our lowest-paid workers to fall behind. The minimum wage increases tied to inflation are part of our plan to build an economy that works for everyone.”

Over the past five years, the minimum wage has increased from $11.35 to $15.65 per hour.

The spike has benefited close to 400,000 British Columbians with the majority of whom are women, immigrants, and youth.

“This is important for workers in our province especially for the lowest paid, most vulnerable workers, many of whom have worked tirelessly through the pandemic,” said Bains.

An increase of 2.8 per cent will also apply to live-in camp leaders as well as home support and resident caretakers.

With files from Brendan Pawliw

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