Now's Our Chance to Fight for $15

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Too many people in BC are working hard, often in more than one job, but still not making ends meet. Many workers tell us: we needed a $15 minimum wage yesterday! After many years of mobilizing, now is our opportunity to show the government that we need this increase for all employees, no exceptions.

Thanks to your hard work, the provincial government has launched a new Fair Wages Commission. Right now, the Fair Wages Commission is examining:

  1. Timelines for increasing the minimum wage to $15/hour.
  2. What to do with the minimum wage rates for farm workers, liquor servers, live-in caregivers, resident caretakers, and live-in camp leaders, which are lower than the general minimum wage ($11.35).
The Fair Wages Commission will be travelling across the province looking for input on these issues. We already know what Big Business will say, but we want to make sure... the Commission hears how low wages impact your life, your family and your community.

In Ontario, which is increasing the minimum wage to $15/hour, business has been loud in their attempt to stop this but workers' voices have won out which is why we need you here in BC to come out and tell your story!

To book a timeslot to speak at a regional meeting, you need to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.&bcc=This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., noting the day/location you would like to attend (bcc us, so that we can help support you). The dates for these consultations are:
  • November 16, 2017 – Abbotsford
  • November 17, 2017 – Nanaimo
  • November 21, 2017 – Kelowna
  • November 23, 2017 – Vancouver
  • November 28, 2017 – Prince George
  • November 29, 2017 – Victoria
  • November 30, 2017 – Surrey
  • December 7, 2017 – Cranbrook

Here's a one-page sheet to help you prepare at the consultations. There will be other resources like a webinar prepared by the BC Federation of Labour, which we will share with you as they are ready.

In Spring 2018, there will be further consultation on bringing the minimum wage in line with the living wage. This can be done through investment in universal childcare and social housing. We’ll share information about these further consultations, when we receive it closer to that date.

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