Minimum wage


Employees must be paid at least minimum wage

The minimum wage in B.C. is currently $15.20 per hour (as of June 1, 2021).

  • September 15, 2017 – $11.35 per hour
  • 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

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.

  • September 15, 2017 – $10.10 per hour
  • 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 (this rate is the same as regular minimum wage)

Live-in camp leaders are paid a daily rate.

  • September 15, 2017 – $90.80 for each day or part day worked
  • June 1, 2018 – $101.24 for each day or part day worked
  • June 1, 2019 – $110.87
  • June 1, 2020 – $116.86
  • June 1, 2021 – $121.65

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

  • The current daily rate is $113.50 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
September 15, 2017 $681 per month plus $27.29 for each suite $2,319.65 per month
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 $35.56 for each suite $3,107.42 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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