B.C.'s general hourly minimum wage will increase to $13.85 from $12.65 this Saturday (June 1), while the minimum wage rates for liquor servers, resident caretakers and live-in camp leaders will all also increase.
Effective June 1, general minimum wage will increase 9.5 per cent to $13.85 per hour, an increase of $1.20 per hour. Liquor server minimum wage will increase 11.4 per cent to $12.70 per hour, an increase of $1.30 per hour. Resident caretaker minimum wage, per month, will increase 9.5 per cent to $831.45 for those who manage nine to 60 units or $2,832.11 for 61 or more units. Live-in camp leader minimum wage, per day, will increase 9.5 per cent to $110.87.
The wage increases for the province’s lowest-paid workers are the second of four annual increases that will take place on June 1 of each year. Last year, the general per hour minimum wage increased to $12.65 from $11.35.
The minimum piece rates for those who hand-harvest crops increased by 11.5 per cent this past January.
The increases are the result of recommendations from the Fair Wages Commission, established in October 2017 by the provincial NDP government to advise on an approach to raising provincial minimum wages with increases that are regular, measured and predictable.
By June 2021, B.C.'s general minimum wage will reach at least $15.20 per hour and the lower liquor server wage will be eliminated.