B.C. minimum wage jumps to $13.85

$1.20 increase part of gradual hike to $15.20 by 2021
By Sheila Brawn
|payroll-reporter.com|Last Updated: 06/10/2019
BC Legislature
Spring flowers bloom in front of the British Columbia legislature in Victoria. Steve Smith/Shutterstock

On June 1, the British Columbia government raised the province’s general minimum wage rate from $12.65 an hour to $13.85.

The increase is part of its plan to gradually raise B.C.’s minimum wage to $15.20 by 2021. The rate is scheduled to rise to $14.60 on June 1, 2020, and to $15.20 on June 1, 2021.

The government is also gradually eliminating a liquor server minimum wage rate.

It increased the rate from $11.40 an hour to $12.70 on June 1. It will raise it to $13.95 on June 1, 2020. As of June 1, 2021, employers will have to pay liquor servers at least the general minimum wage rate.

Other minimum wage rates also went up on June 1. The rate for live-in camp leaders rose from $101.24 per day or partial day worked to $110.87. The rate will increase to $116.86 on June 1, 2020, and to $121.65 on June 1, 2021.

The minimum rate paid to resident caretakers working in apartment buildings with nine to 60 suites rose to $831.45 per month plus $33.32 per suite on June 1. Previously, it was $759.32 plus $30.43 for each suite.

The government will increase the rate to $876.35 per month plus $35.12 per suite on June 1, 2020, and to $912.28 per month plus $35.56 per suite on June 1, 2021.

For resident caretakers working in apartment buildings with more than 60 suites, the rate increased from $2,586.40 per month to $2,832.11 on June 1. It will increase to $2,985.04 on June 1, 2020 and to $3,107.42 on June 1, 2021.

On Jan. 1, the government raised the minimum piece rates for farm workers who hand-harvest crops.

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