BC’s current minimum wage is a poverty-level wage. Over 400,000 British Columbians work for less than $15 per hour—or 22 per cent of all paid employees in the province. The majority of these workers are women (59 per cent) aged 20 years old and over (78 per cent) and work full-time (54 per cent). Most are full-time adult workers and are likely to experience poor health based on their low income status. There is no question that BC’s current minimum wage contributes to BC’s high poverty rate of 14.8 per cent in 2015—the highest in Canada. Although we live in a wealthy province, BC leads the country in working poverty.