On June 1, 2021, B.C.’s lowest paid workers will get a pay boost, with the general minimum wage increasing to $15.20 an hour and the lower discriminatory minimum wage for liquor servers ending.
Over the past four years, B.C.’s general minimum wage has increased from $11.35 to $15.20 per hour. It has benefited close to 400,000 British Columbians over those years – the majority of whom are women, immigrants and youth.
June 1 also marks the end of the discriminatory lower minimum wage for B.C. liquor servers, which disproportionally affects women.
When this work began, B.C. had one of the lowest minimum wages in the country, but was one of the most expensive places to live. B.C. now has a minimum wage that is the highest of any province and starting next year, the increases for minimum wage will be tied to inflation.
The gradual increase of the minimum wage over four years has given businesses time to prepare for each increase, offering them stability and certainty. The pandemic has presented unforeseen challenges over the last year, but the Province continues to support and assist those companies that have been impacted. B.C. currently leads all major provinces in job recovery.
As of June 1, the minimum wage rates are increasing as follows:
- General minimum wage increases to $15.20 an hour from $14.60 an hour.
- Liquor server minimum wage of $13.95 an hour is being eliminated and replaced with the general minimum wage of $15.20 an hour.
- Live-in camp leader minimum wage, per day, increases to $121.65 from $116.86; and resident caretaker minimum wage, per month, increases to $912.28, plus $36.56 per suite for those who manage nine to 60 residential suites and to $3,107.42 for 61 or more suites.
- In 2020, 6% of employees in B.C. (121,000) earned minimum wage or less.
- In 2020, 12% of employees in B.C. (244,900) earned less than $15.20 an hour.
- For more information, visit the Employment Standards branch website:
- Fair Wage Commission: https://engage.gov.bc.ca/fairwagescommission/
- TogetherBC, B.C.’s poverty reduction strategy: www.gov.bc.ca/togetherbc