British Columbia’s lowest-paid workers will earn a $15-an-hour minimum wage by June 2021.
Regular, predictable increases to our minimum wage are one important way we can make life more affordable for people.
- June 1, 2018: $12.65 an hour ($1.30 increase)
- June 1, 2019: $13.85 ($1.20 increase)
- June 1, 2020: $14.60 ($0.75 increase)
- June 1, 2021: $15.20 ($0.60 increase)
- Minimum wage was first initiated in B.C. in 1918.
- The current minimum wage is $11.35 an hour, and applies to 4.8% of employees in B.C.
- Over 20% of all workers in B.C. earn less than $15 an hour.
- Of those earning less than $15 an hour, 52% are over age 25, more than three-quarters are not students, 61% are in coupled families, and over 51% have gone to college/university.
- B.C. has the lowest unemployment rate in Canada, the strongest job growth and a rising labour force participation rate. Total employment rose by 3.6% in 2017, twice the national pace. Private sector hiring is particularly strong, growing 4.4% last year. Yet, B.C. is a low-wage province and average wages are below the national average.
- 46% of minimum-wage earners work for small firms (under 100 staff), while 54% work for large employers.
- The four increases between 2018 and 2021 represent a 34% increase over four years.
Information on B.C.’s minimum wage can be found online: www.gov.bc.ca/minimumwage