(Nov. 19/17) On October 5, the BC Government announced the BC Fair Wages Commission participants confirming that the Commission would consist of a three-person panel consisting of a business representative (Ken Peacock, BC Business Council), a labour representative (Ivan Limpright, United Food and Commercial Workers Union) and a neutral chairperson (Marjorie Griffen Cohen, professor and economist at Simon Fraser University). Marjorie Griffen Cohen was also instrumental in establishing the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and served as its first chair.

On October 31, the BC Fair Wages Commission launched its consultation website. The website outlines the Commission’s terms of reference along with ways that stakeholders and interested British Columbians can provide their input into how and when BC’s minimum wage should reach $15. The Commission has set a number of dates for regional meetings asking those interested in presenting their views to the Commission during one of the meetings to register in advance. The Commission has also set a deadline of December 7 for receiving written submissions, which should be no longer than five pages in length.

Restaurants Canada will make a presentation to the Fair Wages Commission at 4:15 p.m. on November 23 at the Hyatt Regency in Vancouver. Restaurants Canada encourages BC members to register to present at one of the regional meetings and provide the Commission with written feedback by the December 7 date.

Restaurants Canada is developing tools to help members engage in the Fair Wages Commission consultation process. Please contact Mark von Schellwitz, Vice President, Western Canada at mark@restaurantscanada.org for more information on the BC Fair Wages Commission consultation process and how members can best provide their input.



  1. Beverly Ryder says:

    Would the Fair Wage Commission tell us about how they are going to arrive at $15.00/hr? Or are they going to keep us guessing. Us BC minimum wage earners don’t like guessing games. That’s not why we voted for NDP. Enough alrerady, quit being coy and tell us the results as to how you are going to arrive at $15.00 per hour. BC is extremely expensive, landlords don’t obviously care and we have to live.

  2. Harmel says:

    ndp and green party did not compete promise,

  3. Joke says:

    Sure $15 sounds good but buying 1 can of pop will cost u $7.50 so working 1 hr can buy you only 2 pops.

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