Employment Standards

The Employment Standards Branch administers the Employment Standards Act and Regulation, which set minimum standards for wages and working conditions in most workplaces.

Do Employment Standards Apply To You?

Frequently Asked Questions

Information and Forms
Understanding Employment Standards in BC.

Complaint Process
Steps to take when you have an Employment Standards problem.

Specific Industries/Types of Workers
Some industries, sectors and types of workers are covered by specific regulations.

Employer's Corner
Paying wages, keeping records, variances and other things employer's need to know.

Licensing
Farm Labour Contractors, Employment Agencies and Talent Agencies must be licensed before carrying on business in BC.

Did You Know?

B.C. Day, August 1, 2016, and Labour Day, September 5, 2016, are the next statutory holidays.

Minimum wage is $10.45 per hour, increasing to $10.85 per hour on September 15, 2016.  Liquor server minimum wage is $9.20 per hour, increasing to $9.60 per hour on September 15, 2016.

It's the Law

Read the Employment Standards Act and the Employment Standards Regulation. Get a section by section interpretation of the Act here.

Useful Contacts

Speak to an agent by calling
1-800-663-3316 Toll-free in BC
Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Our office locations.
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