On June 1, the general minimum wage will be increasing to $15.20 an hour, from $14.60 an hour.
Over the past four years, the minimum wage has increased from $11.35 to $15.20 per hour, the highest in the country, BC said.
“In 2017, our government made a commitment to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by June 2021, through regular, measured and predictable increases,” said Harry Bains, Minister of Labour.
June 1 also marks the end of the discriminatory lower minimum wage for B.C. liquor servers, BC said.
“About 80% of liquor servers are women, and the low liquor wage is a clear example of the gender pay gap we are fighting to eliminate,” said Grace Lore, Parliamentary Secretary of Gender Equity.
Starting next year, the increases for minimum wage will be tied to inflation, the province added.
“The gradual increase of the minimum wage over four years has given businesses time to prepare for each increase, offering them stability and certainty,” government said.
Liquor server minimum wage of $13.95 an hour is also being eliminated and replaced with the general minimum wage of $15.20 an hour.
Live-in camp leader minimum wage, per day, increases to $121.65 from $116.86; and resident caretaker minimum wage, per month, increases to $912.28, plus $36.56 per suite for those who manage nine to 60 residential suites and to $3,107.42 for 61 or more suites.