Established in October 2017, the Fair Wages Commission is working independently to advise government on how to move towards a $15-an-hour minimum wage with increases that are regular, measured and predictable.
The Commission is committed to three main tasks :
- 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.
- 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.
- To advise the government on ways to begin to address the discrepancy between the minimum wage and a living wage in our province.
The Fair Wages Commission has been directed to work with economists, trade unions, the technology sector, small businesses, youth and others from all regions of the province to put forward a plan to bridge the gap between the minimum wage and the living wage in British Columbia. The Commission will elicit feedback from the public on this issue in the spring of 2018.
The first stage of the Commission’s consultations occurred in November and December 2017 to inform findings for the first report that will be delivered to Minister of Labour, Hon. Harry Bains, by the end of 2017 with recommendations about the timing of increases for the following:
- general minimum wage
- the 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