Myths and Facts About the Minimum Wage in BC

Behind the Numbers
February 9, 2011
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Iglika Ivanova sets out a compelling argument for raising the minimum wage — in just four-pages of clear, accessible text. This is a great resource for anyone who wants to be able to explain why the minimum wage needs to increase immediately — and why this won't hurt businesses or taxpayers, despite claims to the contrary.

Minimum wage provincial comparison chart

For example, she explains why tax cuts do not make up for a low minimum wage:

"Low-wage workers in BC do pay less provincial income tax than in other provinces. But they still have the lowest take-home (after-tax) pay in Canada... Even if BC’s minimum wage workers paid zero provincial income tax, they’d still take home less than minimum wage workers in every other province."