Today the BC Government announced that effective June 1, the minimum wage in the province will rise to $16.75 per hour, which is a 6.9% hike from the previous one.
For someone working 40 hours a week all year, that’s a jump of about $2,200 annually.
Harry Bains, BC’s Minister of Labour, announced this today as a direct response to the inflation rates that Canada has been facing in the last months, which have affected many families and workers.
This will mean BC will have the second-highest minimum wage in the country, slightly behind Yukon, where the minimum wage is $16.77.
The new increase is expected to affect about 150,000 workers who currently earn less than $16.75 per hour. The province says 58% of those are women, while 21% are youth aged 15-19 who are still at school.
The province did not have a scheduled change to the minimum wage for 2023. Between 2018 and 2022, the minimum wage went up yearly from $12.65 to $15.65 (the current minimum wage) in four years.
Sources: cbc.ca, ctv.ca, dailyhive.com, news.gov.bc.ca
2002-2010: no increases
2011: $8.75, then $9.50
2013: no increase
2014: no increase
June 1, 2023: $16.75
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