Minister meets with Kelowna businesses

The Minister of Jobs, Trades and Technology toured several Kelowna businesses on Tuesday.

Bruce Ralston met with the owners of KF Aerospace, formerly known as Kelowna Flightcraft, before traveling to Form-A-Shape in Lake Country, who primarily build waterparks that are sold in Asia.

What challenges do both businesses face?

Ralston says the common concern was attracting and retaining skilled works.

"There are solutions to those problems. They involve the government working with companies and educational institutions to train people for the jobs I know people want and will be good at, they just need the help in getting the training."    

Ralston was also asked how those companies are adjusting to an increased minimum wage, which jumped to $12.65 an hour on June 1st.

"The increase is stretched over a number of years. I think we struck a balance there between the concerns of business and I think they are legitimate concerns that the minimum wage has been too low for too long and so people are looking forward to an increase".        

BC’s minimum wage will rise to $15.20 an hour by June 2021.