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BC NDP government makes good on election promises

September 11, 2017

Victoria—The B.C. budget update formalizes commitments to important gains for working people, says Unifor, Canada’s largest union in the private sector.

“British Columbians are getting the change that they voted for,” said Joie Warnock, Unifor Western Regional Director. “It is already clear that Premier John Horgan can deliver on policy proposals that will make life more affordable for British Columbians.”

Tabled today by Finance Minister Carole James, the budget update outlines financial commitments to addressing the housing crisis, improving access to post-secondary education, cutting unfair bridge tolls, and increasing income assistance rates.

Unifor is encouraged by these early developments and will stress to the Fair Wage Commission that it is important to implement a $15 minimum wage as soon as possible.

“It’s clear that working people are the top priority of the new government,” said Warnock. “But the working poor in this province deserve a raise, and a $15 minimum wage can’t come soon enough.”

Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing more than 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.

For more information, please contact Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at or 778-903-6549 (cell).