• Fair Wage Commission

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    November 22, 2017

    Do you have a view to share on how B.C. can move forward to raise the minimum wage to $15-an-hour?  The Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce would like to hear from you.  Please complete the quick 3-5 minute survey by clicking the link below before December 1, 2017.  We will then compile our data and submit our feedback as a collective group before December 7th, 2017.  


    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 :

    1. The Fair Wages Commission will first 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.
    2. The Commission will consider and make recommendations about other wage rates under the Employment Standards Regulation, for agricultural workers, liquor servers, live-in caregivers, resident caretakers, and live-in camp leaders.
    3. The Commission will advise the Government on ways to begin to address the discrepancy between the minimum wage and living wages 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 will occur in November and December to inform findings for the first report that will be delivered to Minister of Labour, Hon. Harry Bains, by the end of the year 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 home support workers
    • minimum wages for resident caretakers.
    Leanna Kemp, Executive Director