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Charting a path to $15/hour for all workers—and the road beyond

Sub Title: 
CCPA-BC Submission to the Fair Wages Commission
Release Date: 
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Attached Document Title: 
Charting a Path to $15/hour for all Workers - and the Road Beyond
Number of pages in documents: 
10 pages
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In this submission to the BC Fair Wages Commission, the CCPA-BC highlights the urgency for British Columbia to adopt a $15 minimum wage by March 2019. 

BC’s current minimum wage is a poverty-level wage. Low-wage workers need a significant boost to their income and they have been waiting a long time. Over 400,000 British Columbians—22 per cent of all paid employees in the province—work for less than $15 per hour and they would significantly benefit from a $15 minimum wage.

2017 Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Nova Scotia

Release Date: 
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Number of pages in documents: 
46 pages
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This year’s Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Nova Scotia identifies a slight decrease in child poverty, with 1,600 children lifted out of poverty between 2014 and 2015. Overall, this decrease represented less than a percentage point change, with 21.6% of Nova Scotia children living in poverty. Nova Scotia had the third-highest provincial child poverty rate, and the highest rate in Atlantic Canada.

The Lion’s Share

Sub Title: 
Pension deficits and shareholder payments among Canada’s largest companies
Release Date: 
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Number of pages in documents: 
26 pages
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This study examines the status of the defined benefit (DB) pension plans of Canada's largest publicly-traded companies. Thirty-nine companies on the S&P/TSX 60 maintain DB pension plans, amounting to one-third of all private sector pension plan assets in Canada. However, only nine plans were fully funded in 2016. Together, the 39 companies oversaw a $10.8 billion deficit in their pension plans in 2016, while increasing shareholder payouts from $31.9 billion in 2011 to $46.9 billion last year.

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