We have worked for more than a decade to keep B.C. diverse, strong and growing. That's why B.C.'s average hourly wage is trending upwards at over $25 per hour and the youth wage is over $15 per hour.
Our government's focus is on growing the economy and encouraging investments that lead to higher-wage careers, not minimum wage jobs.
The current minimum wage strikes a balance between allowing workers to share in B.C.’s economic growth – while making sure government doesn’t impede business’ job creation and growth.
- B.C.’s general minimum wage is $10.85 per hour and the liquor server rate is $9.60 per hour.
- B.C.’s minimum wage will go up 50 cents to $11.35 per hour and the liquor server rate to $10.10 per hour on Sept. 15, 2017.
- The 2017 increase will include a 20-cent increase from the B.C. CPI increase plus an added increase of 30 cents that reflects the province’s overall economic success.
- The daily rate for live-in home support workers and live-in camp leaders, as well as the monthly rates for resident caretakers and the farm worker piece rates (for harvesters of certain fruits and vegetables) will also increase proportionate to the general minimum hourly wage increase as of the same date. More information on these rates will be available on the Employment Standards Branch website in advance of Sept. 15.
- The percentage of B.C. employees earning minimum wage was 4.8% of the paid workforce in 2016; 5% in 2015; 5.9% in 2014; 6.4% in 2013; and 7.5% in 2012.
- The national average for the percentage of people earning minimum wage is 6.9%.
- The number of B.C. employees earning minimum wage in 2016 was 93,800 out of a total of 1,958,600 paid employees (excluding self-employed).
- The following is a breakdown of the 93,800 who earned minimum wage in B.C. in 2016:
- By Age, Gender & Education:
- 50,600 or 54% were youth aged 15 to 24 years;
- 13,100 or 14% were aged 55 years or older;
- 57,700 or 62% were female; and
- 23,900 or 25% did not have high school graduation, while 12,200 or 13% had a university degree.
- By Industry, Job Type & Firm Size:
- 87,200 or 93% were in the service producing sector;
- 25,700 or 27% were in accommodation and food services;
- 31,200 or 33% were in trade (including retail trade);
- 38,300 or 41% worked full time;
- 16,100 or 17% had been in their job for three months or less;
- 45,500 or 49% had been in their job for at least one year;
- 26,700 or 28% worked in businesses with less than 20 employees; and
- 42,300 or 45% worked in businesses with more than 500 employees.
- By Family Status:
- 23,400 or 25% were a member of a couple;
- 5,300 or 6% were the head of a family with no spouse present;
- 14,200 or 15% lived as “unattached” (without a spouse or family member); and
- 49,600 or 53% lived with their parents, and 53% of those were attending school.
- The Feb. 27, 2017, info bulletin announcing the minimum wage increase for 2017 is available here: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017JTST0037-000411
- The May 4, 2016, minimum wage announcement news release is available here: http://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2016PREM0048-000715
- Resources for workers and employers are available on the Employment Standards Branch website: http://www.gov.bc.ca/EmploymentStandards/
- For more information on finding jobs, exploring career options and improving skills, visit WorkBC’s website: https://www.workbc.ca/
- To view the BC Jobs Plan, visit: http://engage.gov.bc.ca/bcjobsplan/
- To view B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint, visit: https://www.workbc.ca/Training-Education/B-C-s-Skills-for-Jobs-Blueprint.aspx
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