Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Three Commissioners Named to Plan Minimum Wage Increase to $15 in B.C

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Three Commissioners Named to Plan Minimum Wage Increase to $15 in B.C

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Commissioners named on minimum wage hike in B.C.

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VICTORIA - British Columbia's labour minister has appointed an economist to lead a commission to advise the government on boosting the province's minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Prof. Marjorie Griffin Cohen of Simon Fraser University will chair the Fair Wages Commission, which also includes Ken Peacock, vice-president at the Business Council of British Columbia, and Ivan Limpright, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.

The commission is expected to deliver a report with a timeline to raise the minimum wage within 90 days of its first meeting.

The New Democrats had previously set a deadline of 2021 to raise the minimum wage but Labour Minister Harry Bains said that will now be up to the commission to determine.

"We want to de-politicize this whole process so that they consult with small businesses, consult with workers, consult with the community leaders to make sure that they come back with the recommendations that will give small businesses at least a gradual, predictable, and common sense increases so they have certainty to adjust their cost of labour over a period of time," he said. …

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