Aug 31, 2009

BC’s minimum wage the lowest in Canada


Tomorrow, September 1, officially marks the day that BC will become the province with the lowest minimum wage in the entire country ($8 per hour). This is because New Brunswick is proceeding with their plans to increase their minimum wage to $8.25.

Meanwhile, BC’s government has repeatedly refused to increase the minimum wage here, claiming that the increase in costs for employers would kill jobs in the service sector (although apparently service sector jobs were not a big concern when the government decided to introduce the HST, bringing in a 7% increase in the cost of restaurant meals).

The best place on earth?

Not for those trying to eke out a living on a minimum wage.