B.C.’s minimum wage is now $10.25 per hour.
The increase came into effect Tuesday and also increases the minimum wage rate for liquor servers to $9 per hour.
This is the third increase to the minimum wage over the past year, and follows on Premier Christy Clark’s commitment in March 2011 to increase minimum wage in three stages to $10.25 per hour by May 1, 2012, providing more support for B.C. workers and families in every region of the province.
“British Columbians who made $8 per hour last year, could now have more than an additional $4,000 in their pockets this year. That’s good news for individuals and families and that’s good news for the economy,” said Minister of Labour, Citizens’ Services and Open Government Margaret MacDiarmid.
“By listening to employers, giving them lots of advance notice, and staging the increase in small increments over the past year, we were also able to help businesses plan effectively for the change.”
Non-hourly rates paid to camp leaders, live-in home support workers and resident caretakers will be adjusted at the same time in proportion to the increase in minimum wage.
The increase will help support students as they prepare and plan for funding their post-secondary education, says Lucia Orser, UVIC Students Society, director external relations.
“I’m very pleased with the increase. Over half of minimum wage earners are young people aged 15 to 24 – many of them students.”
Some employers are also appreciative of the process in which the increase has been implemented.
“I appreciate the openness of the consultation process, and the certainty for our sector from incremental and predictable minimum wage increases,” said Andrew Klukas, acting president, Western Convenience Stores Association.
If you earn the general minimum wage, liquor servers’ rate or get paid by piece rate, you can find out how these changes may affect you at:http://www.labour.gov.bc.ca/esb/announcements/min_wage.htm