B.C.’s minimum wage will increase to $9.50 on Tuesday, November 1, Minister of Labour, Citizens’ Services and Open Government Margaret MacDiarmid confirmed today.
At the same time, the minimum wage rate for liquor servers will increase to $8.75.
This is the second increase to the minimum wage this year, and follows on Premier Christy Clark’s commitment in March 2011 to increase minimum wage in three stages to $10.25 by May 1, 2012, providing more support for B.C. workers and families in every region of the province.
Non-hourly rates paid to camp leaders, live-in home support workers and resident caretakers will be adjusted at the same time in proportion to the increase in minimum wage.
Piece rates for hand-harvested crops listed in the employment standards regulation will remain unchanged pending the outcome of a review currently being undertaken by the Ministry of Labour, Citizens’ Services and Open Government. The review is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
Contributed by Ministry of Labour, Citizens’ Services and Open Government