February 09, 2018

Dear ABLE BC Members and Liquor Industry Professionals,

It has been an eventful week in the liquor industry – from the cannabis retail framework announcement to the Alberta boycott of BC wine.

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As the advocate and resource for BC’s private liquor industry, ABLE BC wants to ensure you are kept updated on all policy changes and industry issues. Today, the provincial government announced their plan for minimum wage increases over the next 4 years:

“The plan to reach $15 an hour provides for an immediate increase of $1.30 an hour on June 1, 2018, to a new minimum wage of $12.65 an hour. Additional increases will take place on June 1 of each year for three more years. By June 2021, B.C.’s minimum wage will rise to at least $15.20 an hour.”

Click here for a copy of the full news release.

As members know, the BC NDP campaigned on a promise to raise minimum wage in BC to $15 per hour. In October 2017, the BC government took its first step in that direction by establishing the Fair Wage Commission. On your behalf, ABLE BC’s Executive Director Jeff Guignard appeared before the Commission. We also submitted a detailed report to the Commission.

ABLE BC understands the economic impact of minimum wage increases on your businesses. We support wage increases that ensure our members’ employees keep up with the cost of living, are announced in advance to give businesses time to adjust, and do not trigger large price increases or a reduction in entry-level employment.

We appreciate the scaled, transparent approach the Fair Wage Commission has taken to increase minimum wage. The 4 staged increases announced today will allow businesses and employers to plan for predictable and stable increases to wages over time.

ABLE BC unequivocally supports maintaining the liquor server differential and know how essential it is to help protect the profit margins of small hospitality businesses. Please know, in the coming months, we will continue working to ensure our government partners understand how changing this policy will have devastating financial implications for your businesses.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact the ABLE BC office at 604-688-5560 or info@ablebc.ca.

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