Raising the minimum wage is a key factor in overcoming income inequality.
Poverty and income inequality are ongoing issues facing British Columbians.
A full-time worker should be able to afford basic necessities, but BC’s minimum wage leaves workers below the poverty line.
BC has Canada’s highest overall poverty rate, and highest child poverty rate at 10.7 and 11.3 percent respectively.
A 2012 BC Stats report lists BC as the second least equal province after taxes. In fact, the income of the top 10 percent is 10 times higher than the income of the bottom 10 percent. This gap used to be eight to one in the 1990s.
BC's low wage workers need a lift out of poverty. It is time to close the gap!