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Mar 13, 2023

Coalition of Associations Send Letter to Premier on Minimum Wage Increases

Letter from Tourism Industry Association of BC


RE: BC Minimum Wage Recommendation Letter to Premier

On March 1, 2023, the Coalition of Associations that includes TIABC sent a letter to Premier Eby, expressing concerns regarding the pending increase in a minimum wage increase this year.

The letter explains that the undersigned associations are hearing persistent concerns from a wide variety of firms, especially consumer-facing businesses, that they cannot absorb another significant increase on top of all the other government mandated costs and other inflationary input cost increases in 2023. The increase is likely in the range of 6-7%.

The letter also states that “another significant minimum wage increase will force businesses to raise the wages of all employees to maintain relative wages and to deal with wage compression where new inexperienced employees are paid the same as more experienced employees. This ‘ratcheting effect’ leaves employees no further ahead on a relative basis and, in fact, may result in fewer opportunities for workers, may trigger business closures, or lead to more mechanized work where this is a viable option.”

The coalition strongly recommends that the province cap this year’s minimum wage increase at 3% recognizing the labour cost increases that businesses are already struggling to absorb and that the BC government should also consider implementing minimum wage adjustment support programs that offer small business rebates to help minimize additional cost pressures of minimum wage increases similar to what both Newfoundland and Manitoba have implemented.

More Advocacy

TIABC is pleased to release its 2022 Advocacy Report Card, which details the advocacy efforts and achievements and synopsis of some of the organization’s key initiatives last year. 

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Tourism leaders cheer on the @canucks in the Rogers Suite. 🏒👏

L-R: Destination Vancouver's Royce Chwin, TIABC's Walt Judas, Tourism Minister Lana Popham, Sport Hosting Vancouver's Michelle Collens, TIABC Director/VCC's Dennis Innes, Indigenous Tourism BC's Henry Tso.

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Each year, on March 8th, people around the world celebrate International Women's Day and the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. Today, TIABC salutes the women on our board and staff who are so valued, respected and appreciated by colleagues throughout the entire BC tourism industry. 

⭐ Brenda Baptiste
⭐Joanne Burns-Millar
⭐Pria Flanagan
⭐Miranda Ji
⭐Deborah Kulchiski
⭐Sandra Oldfield
⭐Sandra van Steijn 
⭐Fiona Wray

Thank you for your incredible contribution to our organization and to BC’s visitor economy.

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Over the weekend, TIABC CEO Walt Judas, Vancouver City Councillor Pete Fry, and Sport Hosting Vancouver Senior Manager Michelle Collens enjoyed watching the Canada Sevens rugby tournament at BC Place! 🏉

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What a great first day at the BCTHC 👏

We had an incredible first day in Prince George gathering with industry friends and experiencing the many wonders that the incredible Northern BC region has to offer!

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TIABC CEO, Walt Judas and @bchotelassociation CEO Ingrid Jarrett attended the @pgcougars game on the eve of the 2023 BC Tourism & Hospitality Conference in Prince George. 🏒

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