Ministry of Labour

The Ministry of Labour promotes fair, healthy and safe labour and employment relationships in support of a strong, sustainable and inclusive economy.

Featured Topics

  • Permanent Paid Sick Leave 
    As of Jan, 1, 2022, the majority of B.C.’s workforce no longer have to choose between going to work sick or losing wages when B.C.’s first-ever permanent paid sick leave comes into effect with a minimum of five paid sick days each year.
  • Minimum Wage
    Every worker in British Columbia deserves to make a fair wage for their work. That’s why, on June 1, 2021, British Columbia’s minimum wage increased to $15.20/hr from $14.60/hr.
  • Child Employment Regulation Changes
    Amendments to raise the general minimum working age from 12 to 16, while still allowing 14- and 15-year-olds to do jobs considered light work, came into effect October 15, 2021.
  • Domestic and Sexual Violence Leave
    Recent changes to B.C.’s employment standards provide job-protected, paid leave for people who have faced domestic or sexual violence. Our government is now reviewing input from employers, employees and family members about providing paid leave for people facing these experiences.
  • Fair Wages Commission
    An independent commission tasked with advising government on increases to minimum wages, and examining the discrepancy between the minimum wage and living wages in B.C.
  • Precarious Work Strategy
    Parliamentary Secretary Adam Walker is leading the development of a strategy to address the challenges facing gig and precarious workers. More information will be shared as it comes available.
  • Occupational Health and Safety
    Provides an overview of legislative and regulatory occupational health and safety requirements. Including information on accident/incident investigations and when to report.
  • Workers Compensation Act Changes 
    In Summer 2020 B.C. made changes to the Workers Compensation Act to better support injured workers and their families, as well as enhance WorkSafeBC’s ability to investigate workplace incidents.

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