B.C. group calls for $15 minimum wage

Campaign comes on the heels of moves by some U.S. cities
By Sheila Brawn
|Canadian Payroll Reporter|Last Updated: 03/05/2015

The BC Federation of Labour has launched a campaign called "Fight for $15" in an effort to increase the minimum wage rate in British Columbia to $15 an hour.

The general minimum wage rate has been $10.25 since May 2012. The rate for liquor servers is $9 per hour. To date, the provincial government has not announced any rate changes.

"Raising the minimum wage is an important piece of reducing poverty levels in British Columbia," says Irene Lanzinger, president of the federation, which represents more than 500,000 members from affiliated unions in the province. She adds that an increase to $15 would take minimum wage workers’ pay to about 10 per cent above the poverty line in the province.