New Westminster’s “living wage” for city workers is double the minimum wage in British Columbia.
Dawn Black, the NDP MLA for New Westminster, made this observation in the legislature today (May 18).
On April 26, New Westminster council passed a resolution to set up a living-wage policy for city workers—a first in Canada.
“For New Westminster that works out to $16.74 an hour,” Black said, according to the draft transcript in Hansard. “This is more than twice the amount of B.C.’s minimum wage of $8 an hour, now the lowest in Canada.”
Black noted, “The council unanimously passed a resolution that commits the city to establishing a living wage policy that is tied to an hourly rate, which will be set each year.”
The policy will apply to both full-time and part-time employees working on city premises or properties, according to Black.
NDP leader Carole James has lobbied to have the B.C. Liberal government raise the minimum wage to $10.
In 2007, James introduced the Minimum Wage Fairness Act, but the bill was ruled out of order.