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Significant Minimum Wage Increase Coming Soon in British Columbia

On April 5, 2023, British Columbia Labour Minister, Harry Bains, announced that effective June 1, 2023, the general minimum wage in British Columbia will increase by $1.10, elevating the minimum wage from $15.65 an hour to $16.75.

This rate increase reflects the province’s average annual inflation rate in 2022. Once implemented, British Columbia will have the second highest minimum wage in Canada – trailing only the Yukon territories.

Minimum wage applies regardless of how employees are paid – hourly, salary, commission or on an incentive basis.

Certain professions have different minimum wages, which will see similar proportionate increases. The following industry-specific wage increases in British Columbia will also take effect on June 1, 2023:

  • Liquor servers must be paid a minimum wage of $16.75 per hour for hours worked, in addition to any tips or gratuities they receive.
  • Live-in home support workers must be paid a minimum daily wage of $124.73 for each day or part day worked, up from $116.68 per day.
  • Live-in camp leaders must be paid a minimum daily wage of $133.69 for each day or part day worked, up from $125.06 per day.
  • Resident caretakers must be paid:
  • $1002.53 per month plus $40.17 for each suite for a building containing 9 to 60 units; and
  • $3414.85 per month for a building containing 61 or more units.

The above amounts may be pro-rated where a resident care-taker works less than a full month.

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

Expertise: Labour relations

Tags: Minimum wage, BC

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