$0.50 Minimum Wage Increase Announced Today by BC Government

Today, the BC Government announced that it will increase the minimum wage by 50 cents to $11.35 an hour, effective September 15, 2017.

The new rate includes a 20-cent increase based on the BC 2016 Consumer Price Index (CPI), plus an additional 30 cents. There will also be an identical increase of 50 cents per hour to the liquor server minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.

This increase follows a timeline established in May 2016 by the Government to increase the minimum wage to $11.25 an hour in September 2017.  However, due to a higher than anticipated increase in the CPI, the increase will be 10 cents greater and bring the minimum wage to $11.35 an hour later.

This increase will be the sixth increase to the minimum wage since 2011.

Read the BC Government news release here.