Minimum wage


Employees must be paid at least minimum wage

The minimum wage in B.C. is currently $15.65 per hour (as of June 1, 2022).

  • June 1, 2018 – $12.65 per hour
  • June 1, 2019 – $13.85 per hour
  • June 1, 2020 – $14.60 per hour
  • June 1, 2021 – $15.20 per hour
  • June 1, 2022 – $15.65 per hour

Minimum wage applies regardless of how employees are paid – hourly, salary, commission or on an incentive basis. If an employee's wage is below minimum wage for the hours they worked, the employer must top up their payment so that it's equal to minimum wage.

Find out why the minimum wage rate was increased.

Some types of employees have different minimum wage rates

A liquor server is an employee who:

  • Works mainly as a server of food or drink or both
  • Regularly serves liquor directly to customers, guests, members, or patrons
  • Works in a premises with a liquor licence

As of June 1, 2021, liquor servers must be paid the regular minimum wage rate for hours worked, in addition to any tips or gratuities they receive.

  • June 1, 2018 – $11.40 per hour
  • June 1, 2019 – $12.70 per hour
  • June 1, 2020 – $13.95 per hour
  • June 1, 2021 – $15.20 per hour
  • June 1, 2022 – $15.65 per hour

Live-in camp leaders are paid a daily rate for each day or part day worked.

  • June 1, 2018 – $101.24
  • June 1, 2019 – $110.87
  • June 1, 2020 – $116.86
  • June 1, 2021 – $121.65
  • June 1, 2022 – $125.06

Live-in home support workers are paid a daily rate.

  • Prior to June 1, 2022, the daily rate was $113.50 per day or part day worked
  • The current daily rate is $116.68 per day or part day worked
Resident Caretakers Minimum Wage
  For an apartment building containing 9 to 60 suites For an apartment building containing more than 60 suites
June 1, 2018 $759.32 per month plus $30.43 for each suite $2,586.40 per month
June 1, 2019 $831.45 per month plus $33.32 for each suite $2,832.11 per month
June 1, 2020 $876.35 per month plus $35.12 for each suite $2,985.04 per month
June 1, 2021 $912.28 per month plus $36.56 for each suite $3,107.42 per month
June 1, 2022 $937.82 per month plus $37.58 for each suite $3,194.43 per month

 

Some types of employees are paid a piece rate

A piece rate is a rate of pay based on a measurable quantity of work completed. Employees must be told what the piece rates are before they start work. They may also be paid a different set wage for specific tasks (e.g. paid an hourly rate).

Find out about piece rates for farm workers.


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