FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The BC Chamber of Commerce says they are pleased with the announcement of minimum wage increasing and are prepared to help businesses throughout the process as well.
“The BC Chamber of Commerce is pleased the new B.C. government is holding to the previously announced minimum wage increase of 50 cent per hour this September 15. Businesses, especially small businesses, have been preparing to implement this increase for over a year.
The BC Chamber also recognizes that the B.C. government has renewed its commitment to raise B.C.’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by way of a fair wages commission. The BC Chamber will engage with the new commission to ensure they understand the potential economic impact that could result by increasing the minimum wage 30% over the term of government (which would be by 2021).”
In a press release, the chamber goes on to say that with the proper steps taken, businesses won’t be forced into tough decisions.
“For our businesses, the bottom line is the need for certainty and predictability. A more measured increase to a $15 minimum wage allows business owners to gradually build the corresponding cost into their business without having to decide whether to put off new hires, reduce hours of their employees, let employees go or to pass the cost onto their customers.”
Trevor Bolin, Owner of Burger King and the Gateway Plaza in Fort St. John, says the Energetic City has never really been impacted by minimum wage increases.
“I don’t think you’ll find anywhere in Fort St. John that probably pays that minimum wage besides someone maybe brand new, 14 or 15 years old, starting out on their first job with no experience.
I think a majority of the restaurants, a majority of the tourism industry all pay more than that. We all know industry pays more so I think we’re relatively one market that is unaffected with this change.”
Bolin says the changes in market are another factor why Fort St. John won’t see major implications from the increase.
“For those making minimum wage in other parts of the province, that is going to assist them in being able to have quality of life. They might be able to buy extra groceries at the end of a month or not under the current system.”