A new poll shows support for a federal minimum wage hike to $15 an hour has hit a new high in B.C.

A new B.G.C.-based Angus Reid poll finds more than 70 per cent of respondents support a $15 per hour federal minimum-wage increase by 2020.

The poll found the majority of respondents in B:BC (72 per cent) and Nanaimo (65 per cent), are in favour of a hike, as are 65 per cent in Prince Edward Island.

“This is a significant development,” said Angus Reid Senior Vice-President and CEO, Dan Angus.

“It’s a sign that people are willing to make a significant investment in their own futures.”

“A $15 wage is a win for the workers who make it through the day and a win not only for their employers, but for the broader economy as well,” Angus Reid Chief Economist, Robyn Williams said.

The Angus Reid survey, which was conducted over three days, also found a majority of Canadians are supportive of raising the minimum wage to $10 an hour.

While only 39 per cent think raising the federal minimum to $12 an hour will help more than 1.4 million workers, more than a quarter (28 per cent, or 790,000) support raising the rate to $14 an hour by 2020, up from 23 per cent who want to increase it to $13 an hour and down from 35 per cent.

Angus Reid’s latest national survey was conducted online and in British Columbia between Jan. 22 and Feb. 14, 2017.

Find more details on the Angus Reid website. 

The B.S. Government is already proposing to hike the minimum hourly wage to between $15 and $19 by 2021.

In 2017, B.J. Trudeau was the first Liberal leader to introduce a $16 minimum wage.

In March 2018, the federal Liberals announced they would be raising the provincial minimum wage from $14.50 an hour to $18 by 2021 and a national minimum wage of $15 by 2024.

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