September 1, 2017 2:45 pm

BC NDP kills 2021 deadline for $15 minimum wage

WATCH: BC NDP raise minimum wage to $11.35

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B.C.’s NDP government has pulled the plug on a self-imposed deadline to implement a $15/hour minimum wage by 2021.

In an emailed statement, Labour Minister Harry Bains said the party remains committed to the $15 target, but that it would remove the four-year time limit as a “compromise” with other parties.

“We are a minority government and working with other parties means compromising sometimes while holding true to your values,” Bains said.

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In August, Green Leader Andrew Weaver criticized the 2021 deadline, warning that it would be “prejudicial to the work” of an as-of-yet unformed “Fair Wages Commission” planned to oversee the transition without harming businesses.

The NDP said last month that B.C.’s minimum wage would rise by $0.50 cents to $11.35 in September, before beginning its climb to $15.

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It said details on the Fair Wages Commission, including its composition and terms of reference, would be announced in the coming weeks.

Alberta will be the first province to offer $15 per hour when the rate increases next year, while Ontario plans to reach that rate in 2019.

With files form Jon Azpiri

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