Premier John Horgan and B.C. Labour Minister Harry Bains will make an announcement regarding minimum wage Thursday morning. Photo courtesy BC NDP.

Premier John Horgan and B.C. Labour Minister Harry Bains will make an announcement regarding minimum wage Thursday morning. Photo courtesy BC NDP.

Advocates of higher minimum wage in the province are hopeful there will be another bump when an announcement is made about the matter Thursday.

Premier John Horgan and Labour Minister Harry Bains are set to make an announcement regarding minimum wage in the province at a coffee shop in North Vancouver.

The current minimum hourly wage is $11.35 in the province after being boosted by 50 cents in September.

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Living Wages Coalition members in B.C. have called for the province to follow in the footsteps of Ontario and boost the minimum hourly rate to $15 by next year.

Ontario increased minimum compensation from $11.60 to $14 an hour at the start of 2018 and will go to $15 effective Jan. 1, 2019.

Alberta will also increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour starting Oct. 1.

Horgan promised during last year’s election campaign a $15 an hour minimum wage by 2021.

With files from the Canadian Press.

 

Andy Neal