B.C.’s new wage rate wins mixed reviews

Labour blasts “first job” pay rate
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 04/09/2003

The British Columbia government has announced what it thought were two items of good news for the province: an increase in the minimum wage, along with measures to decrease youth unemployment.

The previous government had planned to increase the minimum wage to $8/hour as of Nov. 15. The current government, which was sworn in on June 5, has announced that it will honour that commitment, as workers have been counting on the increase. B.C. will have the highest minimum wage in Canada.

According to Minister of Skills and Development Graham Bruce, that fact has not gone over well with small business owners. They predict a higher minimum wage will have a negative impact on job creation.