Province’s minimum wage increases to $14.60/hr

Daniel Fowler
June 3, 2020

Currently, there are 224 active cases of the virus in BC, 32 of whom are currently hospitalized, including five in intensive care.

This leaves eight active outbreaks at seniors' care facilities, all of which are long-term care residences. There have been no new community outbreaks over the last 48 hours.

She called the outbreaks at New World Technologies in Abbotsford and Maersk Distribution Canada in Delta are "very small" and were detected early by Fraser Health, which is working to prevent further transmission.

She said she noticed many masks among the crowd that gathered at the Vancouver Art Gallery, as well as people standing a good distance apart, which she described as a message of solidarity against both racism and COVID-19.

"We're looking at a situation where a minimum wage worker has to work 35 hours a week to earn what an unemployed worker would get from the CERB, so I think we forget sometimes how low wages are when we add them up to weekly and monthly earnings", she says.

There were no COVID-19 patients being treated in northern B.C. hospitals, Health Minister Adrian Dix announced on Tuesday.

Labour Ministry data shows 60 per cent of people earning the minimum wage in B.C. are female and 93 per cent of minimum wage jobs are in the service sectors, including cleaning services, grocery stores and restaurants, Bains said. No deaths linked to COVID-19 have been reported in the north.

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"Understandably, it makes some people anxious and a bit nervous and for others we're just not moving fast enough", Dr. Henry said.

A total of 2,229 people in B.C. who contracted the coronavirus are now considered fully recovered.

She is expected to release new details later this week about modelling that evaluates B.C.'s response to the pandemic.

While an estimated one in three students across the province returned to K-12 classrooms on a voluntary basis this week, Henry said it remains uncertain what September will bring.

We commend the many businesses that have worked hard to put the necessary safety measures in place. "We are ready for this and we are all in this together", she said.

At this time, TAPS is hearing from area residents anxious about whether they can make rent payments, Dehler-Hyde said. "A lot of them are still closed, even though B.C.is in phase two of the three-phase opening plan, and have basically seen next to no revenues". Some economists say the rise could be a blow to already struggling businesses but is also desperately needed for low-wage workers already stretched thin in a province where the cost of living is high.

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