WATCH: NDP Leader John Horgan is promising to give B.C.’s lowest paid workers a raise by increasing the province’s minimum wage to $15 an hour
B.C.’s NDP leader is promising to give the province’s lowest-paid workers a big raise, by increasing the minimum wage to to $15 an hour.
NDP leader and Juan de Fuca MLA John Horgan made the pledge on Sunday in Kamloops at a campaign meeting.
Horgan says an NDP government would bring in a $15 per hour minimum wage in its first term.
Right now, it’s $10.45 an hour, one of the lowest in Canada.
The B.C. Federation of Labour is applauding the move.
Officials say there are more than 100,000 people earning minimum wage in B.C. and nearly half-a-million workers earning less than $15/hour.
Small businesses have said a big hike in the minimum wage could have a big impact on business.