Gradual wage increase

UPDATE 11:40 a.m.

Premier John Horgan has announced that the province's minimum wage will rise by $1.30 an hour on June 1.

In less than four months, workers will earn an hourly wage of $12.65.

Additional increases will take place each June until 2021, when the rate will reach $15.20.

The NDP campaigned on a promise to establish a commission tasked with finding a way to reach a minimum wage of $15 an hour or higher. The party made its first move toward that goal in September, when the wage rose from $10.85 to $11.35.

The province estimated the increases will impact approximately 94,000 workers.

ORIGINAL 8:37 a.m.

Advocates for a higher minimum wage in B.C. hope today's announcement from Premier John Horgan grants their wish.

Horgan and Labour Minister Harry Bains are set to make the announcement this morning in North Vancouver.

B.C.'s minimum wage currently sits at 11.35-an-hour following a 50 cent hike last September but during last spring's election campaign Horgan pledged a 15 dollar-per hour minimum wage by 2021.

Members of B.C.'s Living Wage Coalition are urging Horgan to follow Ontario's lead and announce a 15-dollar minimum wage be put in effect in the province by next year.

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