British Columbia Minimum Wage Update

B.C.’s minimum wage went up by $1.30 on Friday to boost the province’s previous wage of $11.35 per hour to $12.65. This wage increase is the first of a multi-part plan to raise the living wage to just over $15 per hour by 2021.

In June 2019, B.C.’s minimum wage will rise another $1.20, taking it to $13.85.

Then, in June 2020, the minimum wage will increase 75 cents, to $14.60.

Finally, in June 2021, it will receive an increase of 60 cents, bringing B.C.’s minimum wage to $15.20 an hour.

The increases come as a result of recommendations from the independent Fair Wages Commission, which advised the provincial government on raising minimum hourly wages with increases that can be measured, and regulated so that the province can support the increases with the appropriate infrastructure.

Along with the minimum wage increase from $11.35 per hour to $12.65, there are additional changes that have been made. Below are additional details of what went in to effect this month.

Effective June 1, 2018:

  • Liquor server minimum wage increases 12.9% to $11.40 per hour, an increase of $1.30 per hour.
  • Resident caretaker minimum wage, per month, will increase 11.5% to $759.32 for those that manage from nine to 60 units (plus $30.43 per unit), or $2,586.40, for 61 or more units.
  • Live-in camp leader minimum wage, per day, will increase 11.5% to $101.24.
  • Live-in home support worker, alternate minimum wage, will be eliminated. For any workers remaining in this category, the general minimum wage will apply for all hours worked.

These wage increases are the first of four annual increases that will take effect on June 1 of each year.

In the agricultural sector, farm workers paid by piece rate will see an increase of 11.5 % as of Jan. 1, 2019.

By June 2021, British Columbia’s general minimum wage will rise to at least $15.20 per hour, and the separate lower liquor server wage will be eliminated.

British Columbia is one of a few provinces in Canada that have recently undergone or are planning a re-evaluation of their living wages. Currently, Ontario, at $14 per hour, and Alberta at $13.60 per hour, have the highest minimum wages in Canada. Alberta is planning to raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour in October.