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Minimum wages goes up today

If you’re making minimum wage in B.C., you just got a pay increase.

Beginning today, the minimum wage by goes up by 50 cents, bringing the minimum wage up to $11.35 an hour and up to $10.10 for those who serve liquor.

The increase to the minimum wage now gives B.C. the third-highest minimum wage among Canada’s provinces – up from seventh position.

“In the coming weeks, we will announce details of the fair wages commission,” said Harry Bains, minister of labour. “This commission, through consultation and research, will provide recommendations on how to get B.C. to a $15-an-hour minimum wage with regular, measured and predictable increases that businesses can absorb. The commission will submit its first report within 90 days of its first meeting.

“We’ve listened to business owners, who have told us gradual, predictable increases are the best way to minimize the impact on their businesses. And, they recognize that the move to a $15-an-hour minimum wage is good for employee satisfaction and retention, benefits that are good for B.C. businesses, and good for our economy.”

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