B.C.’s minimum wage to increase 65c to $17.40

B.C.'s minimum wage to increase 65c to $17.40
The legislature building is photographed in Victoria, B.C., on Monday, Sept. 25, 2023.

Minimum wage in B.C. will be going up 65 cents to $17.40 on June 1 as part of the provincial government’s commitment to annually increase the wage in line with inflation.

The minimum wage is currently set at $16.75 and will increase 3.9 per cent, which the government says is the average rate of inflation in 2023.

There are alternate minimum wages for resident caretakers, live-in home-support workers and camp leaders, and those wages will also increase by 3.9 per cent on June 1. The minimum piece rate for hand-harvested crops will increase by the same percentage on Dec. 31, 2024.

Agricultural piece rates increase at the end of the year so that producers don’t have to adjust wages in the middle of harvesting, according to the B.C. government.

“We made a commitment to tie minimum-wage increases to the rate of inflation to prevent B.C.’s lowest-paid workers from falling behind,” said Harry Bains, minister of labour. “And today, we are enshrining that commitment into law.”

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