Established in October 2017, the Fair Wages Commission is working independently to advise government on how to raise minimum wages with increases that are regular, measured and predictable.

The Commission is committed to three main tasks :

  1. To develop recommendations for a pathway forward to raise the minimum wage to $15-an-hour and on a process for how the minimum wage should be regularly reviewed and increased once $15-an-hour is achieved. (Completed)
  2. To consider and make recommendations about other wage rates under the Employment Standards Regulation, for agricultural workers, liquor servers, live-in home support workers, resident caretakers, and live-in camp leaders. (Underway)
  3. To advise the government on ways to begin to address the discrepancy between the minimum wage and a living wage in our province. The Commission will elicit feedback from the public on this issue in summer 2018.

The first stage of the Commission’s consultations occurred in November and December 2017 to inform findings for the first report that was delivered to Minister of Labour, Harry Bains, in early 2018 with recommendations about the timing of increases for the general minimum wage.

Recommendations were fully accepted by government. Read the report with recommendations.

The Commission is now preparing its second report on:

  • minimum wages for farm workers
  • minimum wage for liquor servers
  • minimum wage live-in camp leaders
  • minimum wage  for live-in home support workers
  • minimum wages for resident caretakers