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

  • 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.
  • Minimum Wage
    On June 1, 2020, British Columbia’s minimum wage increased to $14.60/hr from $13.85/hr, continuing the path towards a $15-an-hour minimum wage by June 2021 ($15.20).
  • 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 Revision 
    In the summer of 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.
  • Workers' Compensation Appeal Tribunal
    Information about the tribunal and the appeal process.

Featured Services

  • BC Labour Relations Board
    An independent, administrative tribunal with the mandate to mediate and adjudicate employment and labour relations matters related to unionized workplaces.

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

  • Employers’ Advisers Office
    As a branch of the Ministry of Labour, the Employers' Advisers provides advice, assistance, representation and education to employers, potential employers and employer associations concerning workers' compensation issues in accordance with section 94 of the Workers Compensation Act.

  • Supports for Forestry Workers
    Programs are now in place to support contractors, workers and communities impacted by indefinite and permanent mill closures in B.C.’s Interior.

  • Workers’ Advisers Office​
    Operating independently of WorkSafeBC, the Workers' Advisers Office provides free advice and assistance to workers and their dependants on disagreements they may have with WorkSafeBC decisions.

  • Workers' Compensation System
    The workers’ compensation system is protected and maintained by WorkSafeBC, an independent reporting agency.