Nanaimo to host $15 minimum wage meeting

Government seeking public input into eventual increase

The provincial government’s Fair Wages Commission is seeking the public’s perspective on the path to raising B.C.’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, the Ministry of Labour announced Tuesday, Oct. 31., 2017

Over the next six weeks, British Columbians may provide input via email or in person at one of eight public meetings schedule across the province. Nanaimo will be one of the host cities for in-person public consultation, on Nov. 17.

The Fair Wages Commission is seeking input on the timing of wage increases for the general workforce, as well as looking at wage fairness for liquor servers, live-in camp leaders, home support workers, resident caretakers and certain farm workers, the ministry said in a written news release.

Through Dec. 7, individuals, businesses and organizations can schedule a time to present to the commission at one of its public consultation meetings. People are also invited to submit a brief or other written feedback by sending an email to FWC@gov.bc.ca.

The Fair Wages Commission was established by the Ministry of Labour in October to advise government on how to move toward a $15-an-hour minimum wage with increases that are regular, measured and predictable. This arm’s-length commission has been directed to consult with economists, trade unions, the technology sector, small businesses, youth and others from all regions of the province, the ministry stated in the release.

The commission’s first task is to advise the government on a timeline for raising minimum wages. It will also advise on a process for regular reviews and increases to the minimum wage once $15 an hour is achieved. The commission has also been tasked to study and make recommendations on dealing with the discrepancy between the minimum wage and a living wage in B.C.

In-person consultations will be held in the following communities:

• Nov. 16 – Abbotsford

• Nov. 17 – Nanaimo

• Nov. 21 – Kelowna

• Nov. 23 – Vancouver

• Nov. 28 – Prince George

• Nov. 29 – Victoria

• Nov. 30 – Surrey

• Dec. 7 – Cranbrook

For more information about how to participate, visit: engage.gov.bc.ca/fairwagescommission.

— Submitted by B.C. Ministry of Labour

Just Posted

2019 Federal election: Courtenay-Alberni candidates address seniors issues

“What are your party’s plans to ease the stress realized by seniors on fixed incomes?”

WATCH: Jordan now a key member on staff at Parksville business

Disability Awareness Month celebrated around province

RDN wants to play role in Ballenas track upgrade

Bringing dilapidated facility up to standard could cost close to $1M

Qualicum Beach joins in on global climate strike

Participants urge government to adequately address climate crisis

Coombs athlete, 91, brings home five gold medals from 55+ BC Games

Buschhaus now has 217 career senior games medals

VIDEO: A moment to remember during the World Lacrosse Men’s Indoor Championship in B.C.

Diego Hernandez Valenzuela’s team lost, but he felt like a winner Saturday

B.C. Lions hype-man marks 15 years of cheers

Crazy P cheers, chants, bangs his drum and spreads a message of love

Island music trivia tournament a hit on World Alzheimer’s Day

More than $13,000 raised by people naming that tune

PHOTOS: Steller sea lion with plastic around neck rescued on Vancouver Island

Rescue staff determined the plastic band cut the protected animal’s neck approximately two inches

B.C. VIEWS: School officials join fact-free ‘climate strike’

Students, public get distorted picture of greenhouse gases

Handgun crackdown, health spending and transit plans latest campaign promises

Friday was the end of a busy week on the campaign trail

B.C. woman photographs massive ant swarm on Abbotsford driveway

She asked what the ants were doing? The answer: war

Iconic 90s TV show ‘Friends’ celebrates 25th anniversary

The iconic, decade-long television show aired its first episode 25 years ago today

Most Read