LETTER: Minimum wage increase still leaves many in poverty

"The minimum wage in BC has risen by 20 cents per hour. For those working a 40 hour week this amounts to an increase of $8 per week..."

The minimum wage in BC has risen by 20 cents per hour. For those working a 40 hour week, and five days a week, this amounts to an increase of $8 per week, or $1.60 per day.

The minimum wage of $10.45 means a single person will earn $19,019 before taxes. This is below the poverty line in BC. An economic study shows that a living wage in Vancouver would be over $21.50 and in Cranbrook, it would be $14.60. Another economic study has shown that in the past 10 years in BC, the number of people relying on food banks has increased from 75,000 to over 95,000.

A study has shown that one in 10 BC families are living below the poverty line and BC has the highest rate of children living in poverty than any other Canadian province.That’s the situation of having a Liberal provincial government with a premier who said that she “puts families first.”

Bob Abrahams

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