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‘Highest of all the provinces’: Minimum wage in BC getting bumped up to $17.40 an hour


Those who earn minimum wage will welcome the news that as of June 1st, they will be receiving a decent raise. 

The BC Government announced this week that they will soon be bumping the province’s minimum wage up from $16.75 to $17.40 per hour. This represents a 3.9% increase (65 cents). 

“BC has gone from having one of the lowest minimum wages in the country to the highest of all the provinces,” said Harry Bains, Minister of Labour.  

“We made a commitment to tie minimum-wage increases to the rate of inflation to prevent BC’s lowest-paid workers from falling behind and today, we are enshrining that commitment into law.”

Although this is the highest minimum wage of any province in Canada, the territory of Nunavut has a higher minimum wage at $19 per hour. 

Just ten years ago, in 2014, the minimum wage was set at $10.25, and now, the minimum wage has increased by over 70%. 

“As a fast-food worker earning minimum wage, I welcome the government’s rule to increase wages with inflation annually, providing much-needed financial stability to cope with the rising cost of living,” said Carmen Velasco, a BC resident who lives in Richmond.

In addition to this increase across the board, some people who work in agriculture will be pleased to know that on December 31st of this year, piece rates for certain hand-harvested crops will also be increasing. 

Every year, the Province increases wage rates on June 1st, and increases agricultural piece rates on December 31st to ensure crop producers will not have to adjust wages in the middle of the harvesting season.

Curtis Blandy

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