Budget

Starting on Sept. 15, 2017, British Columbia’s minimum wage will go up by $0.50 to $11.35 per hour.

The increase brings BC’s wage up from the seventh to the third-highest provincial minimum in Canada.

“British Columbia’s lowest-paid workers need a raise,” Premier Horgan said. “The action we’re taking will make life better for working parents, seniors, new Canadians, students and more – these are people struggling to get by.”

Making A Move Toward $15-an-hour

“These [increases] serve as a measure to help us move towards a $15-an-hour minimum wage by 2021,” said Labour Minister Harry Bains. “The $0.50 increase was a commitment made by the previous government that we, as the new government, will honour and legally implement, thereby creating a stepping stone towards our $15-an-hour goal.”

Bains said that the 2021 goal will be reached through incremental and predictable increases over the next four years.

The exact timing of those increases has yet to be determined.

“Increasing minimum wage is only one way that the new government will help make life more affordable for British Columbians, but it is an important start,” he added. “It will put a little more money into the wallets of almost 94,000 people. And with more money in their pockets, it will help fuel our province’s economy.”

Details:

  • Effective Sept. 15, 2017, minimum-wage earners will see their pay increase to $11.35 per hour from $10.85 per hour.
  • Liquor Server Wages will also increase by $0.50 from $9.60 per hour to $10.10 per hour.
  • Other minimum-wage provisions in the employment standards regulation will also receive increases in line with the general minimum-wage increase of 4.6%.
    • This includes the daily rate for live-in home support workers and live-in camp leaders, as well as the monthly rates for resident caretakers and the minimum farm worker piece rates for harvesters of certain fruits and vegetables.

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