B.C. women earn less than national average: report
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The Canadian Press
Published Monday, December 17, 2012 8:30AM PST
A new report says a low minimum wage policy has resulted in B.C. women earning less money than the national average.
The report released Monday by the left-leaning Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives was written by Simon Fraser University economist and political science professor Marjorie Griffin Cohen.
It found that women in B.C. were earning $2,700 a year less than the national average in 2010, a drop from most of the 1990's, when it says B.C. women had earnings that were about equal or higher than the national average.
In her report, Cohen blames what she calls the "mistaken belief" that low wage policies in B.C. are good for the economy, but she says the polices hurt low-income earners, and women make up a disproportionate share of those people.
However, the figures cited in the report pre-date the provincial government's move last year to increase B.C.'s minimum wage, which has risen from nine dollars an hour to $10.25.
Before it was increased, B.C. had the lowest minimum wage in Canada.