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Thousands of B.C.'s frontline health-care workers still waiting for promised pandemic pay boost

Last Updated Feb 8, 2021 at 8:09 pm PST

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VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) — B.C.’s health minister admits it has taken too long, but the province is making progress on getting pandemic pay to B.C.’s frontline health-care workers.

“About 203,000 people have now received their pandemic pay,” he says. “I think that what we’re seeing are positive steps forward.”

However, there’s an estimated 10,000 to 15,000 people still waiting for their pay increase.

“It’s obviously simpler to do in the direct employment sectors — either of health authorities or other frontline workers than it is in some others. But a lot of progress has been made.”

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Last spring, the provincial government promised a salary bump of $4 per hour for a 16 week period between March and July.