Minimum wage in B.C. saw a big boost on Friday, jumping more than a dollar to $12.65 an hour.
Minimum wage is set to increase to $13.85 per hour (+$1.20) in 2019, $14.60 per hour (+$0.75) in 2020, and $15.20 per hour (+$0.60) in 2021.
On Friday, liquor servers also saw an increase, and will now receive an hourly minimum wage of $11.40.
Our lowest-paid workers deserve a fair shake and a fair wage. Regular wage increases are one way we're making life more affordable for British Columbians. That's why I'm excited to announce we're increasing the minimum wage to $15-an-hour by June 2021. #bcpoli https://t.co/Z5KLDO9J78
— John Horgan (@jjhorgan) February 8, 2018
Businesses have voiced concern for how the wage will impact their bottom line – specifically mom and pop stores, as well as restaurants – while others argue the wage hike will help employees make an adequate income for increasing rent and inflation.