Help is on the way for B.C.’s lowest-paid workers

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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)

Quick Facts:

  • 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