A $15 minimum wage – and beyond

British Columbia latest province to legislate significant increase
By Sheila Brawn
|Canadian Payroll Reporter|Last Updated: 02/28/2018
John Horgan
Premier John Horgan speaks with a supporter at the front steps of the B.C. legislature in Victoria, on July 18, 2017. The province is raising its minimum wage to $15.20 by 2021. Credit: Kevin Light (Reuters)

Is a $15-an-hour minimum wage rate contagious? Labour and anti-poverty activists across Canada certainly hope so.

With Alberta and Ontario both poised to hike their minimum wage rate to $15 in the coming months, workers’ rights advocates in other jurisdictions are pressing for similar wage increases.

British Columbia is one jurisdiction where labour and anti-poverty activists have made headway in their push for $15. The province’s NDP government recently announced that it would raise B.C.’s minimum wage rate — currently at $11.35 an hour — to over $15 by June 2021.