Women and the Minimum Wage

BC’S LOW MINIMUM WAGE IS AN EQUITY ISSUE

BC’s minimum wage at $10.25 per hour has been stagnant for nearly three years. It is now one of the lowest in Canada.

Women continue to be the majority of workers who earn minimum wage in BC at 63 per cent. This is the highest proportion of all the provinces. Even when you look at workers who earn $15 per hour or less, women continue to make up the majority at 60 per cent.

$15 per hour help women pay for the basic necessities such as decent housing, utilities, and nutritious food. It would begin to address income inequality and pay equity.

The bottom line is that women are over-represented in low wage jobs and that needs to change. 

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