On June 1, 2020, the minimum wage in British Columbia increased to $14.60 from $13.85. The 75-cent increase applies to minimum wage workers regardless of whether they are paid hourly, a salary or commission.
What is minimum wage?
Minimum wage is the lowest wage an employer can pay their workers. The law requires employers to pay workers the minimum wage at the very least. However, they can choose to pay their workers more. The minimum wage may vary according to job type and is determined by provincial legislation. In British Columbia, the legislation governing minimum wage is the Employment Standards Act.
Background on B.C.’s Minimum Wage Increases
Minimum wage is expected to increase again on June 1, 2021 at which point it will become $15.20 per hour. The increases from 2018 to 2021 were recommended by B.C.’s Fair Wages Commission, to decrease the discrepancy between the minimum wage and the living wage in the province.
Does the $14.60 minimum wage apply to all jobs?
No. In British Columbia some workers are paid a different minimum wage based on their job type. Jobs such as liquor servers, live-in camp leaders, live-in home support workers and resident caretakers have different pay requirements. Although the minimum wage for these workers is different, it has also increased.
What is expected of employers?
Employers in British Columbia should have started paying their minimum wage workers $14.60 on June 1, 2020. If a worker has not been receiving the correct wage, they will be owed the difference going back to June 1.
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