Minimum wage in BC could be going up and an announcement is expected this spring.
In a statement, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, Shirley Bond, said the provincial government is currently reviewing minimum wage and given BC’s strong economic growth a modest increase could be in order.
Right now BC has the second lowest minimum wage in Canada, $10.45.
Local economist Al Idiens says an increase would not have a huge affect on the provincial economy.
“The average rate right now in Canada is about $10.88 I believe so it’s not going to have in my opinion much impact. Particularly because what happens is when you raise it you raise it for all employers in industry.”