Ministry of Labour

Last updated on June 18, 2024

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

Featured Topics

  • Employment Standards for App-Based Ride-Hail and Delivery Service Workers
    B.C. is the first place in Canada to provide app-based ride-hail and delivery service gig workers with minimum employment standards and other protections.
  • Labour Relations Code Review
    A committee of special advisors is reviewing B.C.’s Labour Relations Code. It will recommend changes to ensure B.C.’s labour laws are keeping up with the needs of modern workplaces, providing stable labour relations and supporting the collective bargaining process. 
  • Minimum Wage
    To help prevent our lowest paid workers from falling further behind, on June 1, 2024, B.C.’s minimum wage increased to $17.40/hour from $16.75/hour.
  • Workers Compensation and Occupational Health and Safety
    WorkSafeBC engages workers and employers to prevent injury, disease and disability in B.C. workplaces. When work-related injuries or diseases occur, WorkSafeBC provides compensation and support to people in their recovery, rehabilitation and safe return to work. WorkSafeBC’s Occupational Health and Safety regulations address risks to workers’ health, safety and well-being. 
  • Protecting Youth from Hazardous Work
    In B.C., there are different requirements for hiring young people depending on their age. The general minimum working age is 16, while 14- and 15-year-olds are allowed to do certain jobs considered light work.
  • Paid Sick Leave 
    A minimum of five paid sick days each year is required for the majority of workers in B.C. – the most in any province.
  • Temporary Foreign Workers Protection Act (TFWPA)
    In B.C., temporary foreign workers are protected by law from unfair practices. The TFWPA provides important protections for these vulnerable workers by setting standards for their recruitment and employment.
  • National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
    In 2023, the Province established the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation as a statutory holiday under the Employment Standards Act to honour the strength and resilience of residential school survivors and remember the children who never came home.
  • Domestic and Sexual Violence Leave
    B.C.’s employment standards laws provide up to five days of paid leave, five days of unpaid leave and 15 additional unpaid weeks of job-protected leave for people who have faced domestic or sexual violence.

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Honourable Harry Bains

Honourable Harry Bains

Minister of Labour

Parliamentary Secretary Janet Routledge

Janet Routledge

Parliamentary Secretary for Labour

Deputy Minister Trevor Hughes

Trevor Hughes

Deputy Minister of Labour