If you are a minimum-wage worker in BC, get ready for some good news – the minimum wage is officially going up in the province! BC's 2019 June minimum wage increase will go into effect tomorrow on Saturday, June 1, and that's not all – it will increase again the year after.
Starting tomorrow, minimum-wage workers will be paid $13.65 an hour. Previously, BC's minimum wage was $12.60 an hour, so this means that it's an $1.20 salary jump per hour.
It doesn't stop there. BC's minimum wage will also be increasing every year until 2021. In June 2020, minimum wage will rise to $14.60 per hour, and in June 2021, $15.20 per hour.
Not only is the general minimum wage increasing, but the liquor servers' too. "The liquor server minimum wage will increase at a greater rate than the regular minimum wage until June 1, 2020," says the BC Government's website. "As of June 1, 2021 liquor servers will be paid the regular minimum wage."
The BC government explained the reasoning behind the increase in a news release. "Regular increases to minimum wages are one way government is helping to make life more affordable for people, while providing the predictability and certainty that businesses need," reads the release.
Alongside liquor servers, minimum wage will also be increasing for live-in camp leaders, live-in home support workers and resident caretakers.
Starting tomorrow, BC will have the third highest minimum wage in the country! The province previously had a lower minimum wage than a number of provinces. However, with the new change, BC's minimum wage will overtake the minimum wage in Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
Although BC's minimum wage is increasing, it will still be lower than a couple of other provinces. Alberta is home to the highest minimum wage in the country, at $15 per hour. Ontario also has a higher minimum wage of $14 per hour.