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.