Jan 18, 2011

BC’s $8 minimum wage sets another record (low)


Did you know that BC, the home of the lowest minimum wage in Canada, just recently became the province with the longest minimum wage freeze in recent history? That is to say, since at least the mid-1960s when HRSDC data starts. BC’s minimum wage has now been stuck at $8 for nine years two months and still counting.

If you were curious, this dubious honor used to belong to Ontario where minimum wages were frozen at $6.85 for a full nine years and one month between Jan. 1, 1995 to Feb 1, 2004.

In the meantime, the cost of living in our province — as measured by the Consumer Price Index — increased by over 16%.

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