The BC NDP government is increasing the general hourly minimum wage by $1.20.
Starting Saturday, June 1st, minimum hourly wages will increase from $12.65 to $13.85, and wage rates for liquor servers, resident caretakers and live-in camp leaders will all also increase.
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Liquor server wage rates will go up by $1.30, meaning servers will soon be making $12.70 per hour.
The monthly wage rate for resident caretakers is going up by 9.5% for those who manage nine to 60 units, bringing their salary up to $831.45. Those who manage over 61 units will now get paid $2,832.11 per month.
Live-in camp leaders will also benefit from this announcement, with a pay raise of 9.5%, bringing their daily wages to $110.87.
This is the second instalment of the BC NDP government’s promise to gradually increase the province’s minimum wage rate to at least $15/hour.
“These increases are the result of recommendations from the independent Fair Wages Commission, established in 2017 to advise government on an approach to raising provincial minimum wages with increases that are regular, measured and predictable,” reads a statement from the Ministry of Labour.
“By June 2021, B.C.’s general minimum wage will reach at least $15.20 per hour and the lower liquor server wage will be eliminated.”
In June 2018, the province implemented the largest minimum wage increase in recent BC history, as the hourly rate went up from $11.35 to $12.65 – a difference of $1.30.