Minimum Wage Increase for BC

Mimimum wage hikes to come in BC

On March 16, 2011 Premier Christy Clark announced British Columbia’s minimum wage will increase in three stages to $10.25 by May 1, 2012 and the training wage will be eliminated. The Premier’s press release states: 

“Raising the minimum wage and eliminating the training wage is a fair and reasonable step forward in putting families first and building our economy. This increase could mean more than $4,000 additional dollars annually for a full-time employee, providing more support to B.C. workers and the families who depend on them.”

The general minimum wage will increase on May 1, 2011 to $8.75 and be $10.25 per hour by May 2012. As of May 1, 2011 the training wage is also repealed and all hourly-paid employees will be entitled to the general minimum wage regardless of how long they have been in the paid labour force.

A special minimum wage for liquor servers will also be phased in, beginning May 1, 2011. It will be modelled on what now exists in Ontario for employees who serve liquor directly to customers or guests in licensed premises as a regular part of their work.

General BC Minimum Wage

  • Until April 30, 2011: $8.00/hr
  • Starting May 1, 2011: $8.75
  • Starting Nov 1, 2011: $9.50
  • Starting May 1, 2012: $10.25

Alcohol Server Wage for Liquor Servers*

  • Until April 30, 2011:  $8.00/hr
  • Starting May 1, 2011: $8.50
  • Starting Nov 1, 2011: $8.75
  • Starting May 1, 2012: $9.00

 *The alcohol server wage will apply to employees who serve liquor directly to customers or guests in licensed premises as a regular part of their work.

 Quick Facts

• There were approximately 1.8 million paid employees in B.C. in 2009.

• According to Statistics Canada, 2.3 per cent of B.C. paid employees earned $8/hr or less (about 41,200 workers) in 2009.

• The average hourly wage in B.C. in February 2011 was $23.16/hr. – the third-highest hourly wage in the country, behind only Alberta ($25.65) and Ontario ($23.74). (February 2011 figures)

• B.C.’s average hourly youth wage is $13.86 per hour – the third-highest in Canada, behind only Alberta ($15.69) and Saskatchewan ($14.79).

Connect with the Province of B.C. at www.gov.bc.ca/connect

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These minimum wages are the minimum hourly wage rates set by the provinces and territories in Canada for experienced adult workers.

source: http://canadaonline.about.com/od/labourstandards/a/minimum-wage-in-canada.htm

Province General Wage More Employment Standards

  • Alberta $8.80
  • BC $8.00 B.C.
  • Manitoba $9.50
  • New Brunswick $9.00
  • Newfoundland $10.00
  • NWT $9.00
  • Nova Scotia $9.65
  • Nunavut $11.00
  • Ontario $10.25
  • PEI $9.00
  • Quebec $9.50
  • Saskatchewan $9.25
  • Yukon $8.93

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