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Minimum wage to rise more than expected

The province has announced an increase to the minimum wage and it will be higher than expected.

It will rise by 40 cents an hour to $10.85 as of September 15th.

It was due to rise 10 cents an hour based on BC’s Consumer Price Index but the province has experienced higher economic growth than expected.

The minimum wage is also scheduled to increase again in September 2017 – by an estimated 40 cents overall subject to the Consumer Price Index at that time.

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That would bring BC’s minimum wage to $11.25 an hour.

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business has slammed the increase saying many small business owners with entry-level jobs will struggle to afford it.

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