Minimum wage in BC rises to $17.40 per hour


On Saturday, June 1, 2024, the general minimum wage increased from $16.75 to $17.40 per hour.

The British Columbia government said the 3.9 percent increase also applies to the minimum wages of home care workers, home aides and home managers. The increase will benefit about 240,000 workers who currently earn less than $17.40 an hour.

On December 31, 2024, the minimum piece wages for hand-picking the 15 crops specified in the Employment Standards Ordinance will also be increased by the same percentage.

The Government has increased the minimum wage regularly and gradually to provide certainty for workers and predictability for businesses. This is the third year that the adjustment reflects the Government's commitment to link annual minimum wage increases to inflation.

In February 2024, the government amended the Employment Standards Act so that future minimum rate increases will be automatically based on the previous year's average inflation rate for BC, providing certainty and predictability for workers and employers.

Minimum wage earners can expect increases that keep pace with inflation.

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