B.C. workers benefit from minimum wage increase

Second increase in B.C.'s minimum wage took place on Tuesday, November 1

  • Nov. 2, 2011 4:00 p.m.

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