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Minimum Wage Increases Once Again in British Columbia

Effective June 1, 2022 the general minimum wage in British Columbia increased to $15.65 per hour.  Minimum wage applies regardless of how employees are paid – hourly, salary, commission or on an incentive basis.

The following industry-specific wage increases also took effect June 1, 2022:

  • Liquor server minimum wage remains tied to the now-increasing minimum wage of $15.65, a change instituted one year ago.
  • Live-in home support workers are paid at a daily rate which has now increased to $116.68
  • Resident caretaker minimum wage per month has now increased to:
    • $937.82 plus $36.56 for each suite for an apartment building containing 9 to 60 units; and
    • $3,194.43 for an apartment building containing 61 or more units.
  • Live-in camp leaders are paid a daily rate which has now increased to $125.06

The governing New Democratic Party campaigned on a promise of increasing the minimum wage in British Columbia to $15 an hour by 2021. This was accomplished in June 2021 with the last increase of a four-stage plan.  Nonetheless, the government has decided to make continued increases.

Minister Bains also announced the same increase of 2.8-percent will be applied to hand-harvesting crops in the agricultural centre beginning June 1, 2023.

British Columbia now has the highest minimum wage of all provinces in Canada.

If you have any questions about this topic, or have any questions relating to workplace law generally, please do not hesitate to contact a Mathews Dinsdale lawyer

The Firm gratefully acknowledges the assistance of Jakob Sanderson, an Articling Student in the firm’s Vancouver office.

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