The 411 on BC’s Minimum Wage Increase

Dollars and Cents

We’re thinking BC workers may have started their November a little brighter with the knowledge that our general minimum wage increased on November 1st to $9.50 per hour.  The wage will increase again on May 1, 2012 to $10.25 per hour, just in time for the spring jumpstart of seasonal jobs.

BC’s minimum wage now beats Alberta’s $9.40 and Yukon’s $9 an hour. The raise matches BC with Saskatchewan and New Brunswick.  Newfoundland, Northwest Territories and Nova Scotia currently pay a minimum wage of $10 an hour, while Nunavut pays $11.

We will tie with Ontario for the second highest minimum wage in the country at $10.25, when it jumps another 75 cents in May 2012.

So, how much more money does November’s extra 75 cents put into minimum wage earners’ pockets? Based on working a total of 40 hours per week the following calculation applies to the increase in gross earnings:

$0 .75 x 40 hrs. = $30.00/wk. = $129.00/mo. = $1548.00/yr. more

The 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. The minimum wage amount therefore depends on the type of position you hold.

Liquor servers:
November 1, 2011 – $8.75 per hour
May 1, 2012 – $9.00 per hour

Live-in home support workers:
November 1, 2011 – $95.00 per day or part day worked
May 1, 2012 – $102.50 per day or part day worked

Live-in camp leaders:
November 1, 2011 – $76 for each day or part day worked
May 1, 2012 – $82 for each day or part day worked

Resident Caretakers
November 1, 2011 – for an apartment building containing 9 to 60 suites, $570 per month plus $22.85 for each suite; and for an apartment building containing more than 60 suites, $1941.56 per month
May 1, 2012 – for an apartment building containing 9 to 60 suites, $615 per month plus $24.65 for each suite; and for an apartment building containing more than 60 suites, $2,094.84 per month.

How did the minimum wage increase affect you? Let us know by commenting on this post!  At Career Link we have more information on current wages in BC and Canada for specific industries or regions.  Drop by and inquire or make an appointment to further explore, we would be pleased to see you.

One thought on “The 411 on BC’s Minimum Wage Increase

  1. The minimum wage increase only affected myself by having to budget better as I still have trouble paying my bills and properly eating and supporting myself. British Columbia has a high poverty rate and that number will only increase if we do not do something about our minimum wage. Let the government live on what we do and they will hopefully understand that the wage needs to increase again.

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