Effects of a minimum wage increase

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B.C.’s minimum wage may be getting an increase.

The wage has been a topic of discussion for some time now, and has been getting a boost from at least one candidate running to replace Gordon Campbell as leader of the Liberal party.

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Sitting at $8 per hour, B.C. currently has the lowest minimum wage out of the whole country. There is currently also an exception to the minimum wage law, allowing employers to pay only $6 per hour to anyone who is entering the workforce for the first time. That wage can be given for an employee’s first 500 hours of work.

The proposed increase would bring the minimum wage to $10 per hour.

In Fort St. John, the Chamber of Commerce has sent out a survey to its members asking how each business feels it might be affected if the minimum wage is increased.

Although Chamber President-elect Andrew Tylosky says he believes most employers in the area are currently paying above the regulated minimum wage, the Chamber has sent out the survey to judge local businesses reactions to the proposed increase.

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Tylosky says there are potential benefits and drawbacks to any sort of wage increase, which can affect small businesses.

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Tylosky also says another potential negative aspect of a minimum wage increase could be that workers making more than the current minimum wage may expect their own wages to increase in line with an increase in minimum wage.

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A list of other province’s and territory’s minimum wages is provided below:

Alberta $8.80
Manitoba $9.50
New Brunswick $9.00
Newfoundland $10.00
NWT $9.00
Nova Scotia $9.65
Nunavut $10.00
Ontario $10.25
PEI $9.00
Quebec $9.50
Saskatchewan $9.25
Yukon $8.93

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