Full-time minimum-wage workers are living below the poverty line as measured by Statistics Canada’s Low Income Cut Off (LICO). The BC Liberal government's announcement of a measly 20 cent increase indexed to inflation, will guarantee that minimum wage workers stay there.
We believe the minimum wage should bring people working 35 hours per week above the poverty line, so they can support themselves and their families.
That is why we are fighting to have the minimum wage increased to $15 an hour.
Using every standard measure of poverty, $15 an hour would bring workers’ wages above the poverty line. It will also benefit local businesses and support the local economy by putting money in workers’ pockets to spend in their community.
It is time to raise the minimum wage. It's only fair!