It's been hard making a living in these times, but there's some good news coming at least. B.C.'s minimum wage is getting its annual boost, and for the first time in years, the province is springing ahead of Ontario. Now there's just Alberta to beat.
Despite Ontario finally getting a wage boost after more than two years of stagnation, B.C.'s regular minimum wage growths are still going to put it in the lead.
For B.C., it was $13.85 an hour for general workers in 2019. But as soon as Monday, June 1 hits, that number will swell to $14.60 an hour.
This means, if we're counting on a 40-hour workweek, working 52 weeks a year, you'll be earning $30,368 a year working general minimum wage in the country. That's over $2,000 more than the $28,808 you've made working the same hours in 2019.
In contrast, the general minimum wage in Ontario is going from $14 an hour to $14.25 an hour on Thursday, October 1.
While the new wage increase is putting B.C. in front of many other provinces in the country, they've still got to beat Alberta's $15 an hour for general workers.
However, at $14.60 an hour, B.C. will the second-highest minimum wage in the nation.
HUGE: British Columbia's provincial government has announced a $15 minimum wage! https://t.co/GUYXUB4fY2… https://t.co/VAtjuWuxEH— Fight For 15 (@Fight For 15)1502906403.0
Narcity reached out to the province for comment and will update this story.
The yearly raises in B.C. are the result of the province's Fair Wages Commission, an independent group that works with the provincial government to more money into people's pockets in a regular fashion.
Their ultimate goal is to reach $15 an hour by 2021.
That's why, starting in 2018, they've been cranking up the raises slowly but steadily. In comparison to now, the general working wage was just $11.35 an hour in 2017.
@KamalaHarris Yes, it is unconscionable. The current Senate doesn’t care about Americans. This is our minimum wage… https://t.co/Iwz1JYmOE4— Lisa Seto (@Lisa Seto)1581283976.0
According to the government, 20% of the entire workforce in B.C. makes under $15 an hour. And despite the stereotypes, 76% of these workers are neither teenagers or students. These are working adults trying to scrape by.
It might seem like a small difference, but this raise is going to help a lot of people across Canada. And given the tough economic situation we've all be thrown into, this is a much-needed light in the dark.