Fair Wages Commission

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What was this engagement about?

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 commissioners were particularly interested in hearing the experiences and recommendations of those who earn less than $15-an-hour and their representatives; employers who will be affected by the new minimum wages; and employers and workers who can speak to details of minimum wage rates for farm workers, liquor servers, live-in home support workers, resident caretakers, and live-in camp leaders. (For these workers, the minimum wage rate differs from the general minimum wage.) It also wanted to hear from those from specific sectors (such as the technology or tourism sectors); and trade unions. Views of economists and others were also welcomed to advise on the impact of minimum wage changes on economic activity.
Please note that the consultations were open to the public to attend.
The dates for consultations were as follows:

November 16, 2017 – Abbotsford
Quality Hotel & Conference Centre from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

November 17, 2017 – Nanaimo
Best Western Dorchester Hotel from 9:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

November 21, 2017 – Kelowna
Sandman Hotel & Suites from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

November 23, 2017 – Vancouver
Hyatt Regency Vancouver from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

November 28, 2017 – Prince George
Coast Inn of the North from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

November 29, 2017 – Victoria
Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

November 30, 2017 – Surrey
Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel Surrey from 1 p.m to 5 p.m.

December 7, 2017 – Cranbrook
Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

How will my contribution make a difference?

Your input will be considered, along with academic briefs, research reviews, industry and stakeholder consultations, verbal presentations and interviews with experts and people from other jurisdictions. All input will be collected and provided to the Commission members for consideration in their first report that is due by the end of the year. Input was accepted until December 7, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.
A summary report detailing all of the comments and feedback submitted from stakeholders will be posted to the website following the public consultation. Please check back to review the summary report when posted.

Details of the Program:

Date: October 26 – December 7, 2017

Status: Closed

Location: Province-wide

Category: Government

Types: Online, in-person

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