What You Need To Know

Every worker in British Columbia deserves to make a fair wage for their work. That’s why the Province of British Columbia established a Fair Wages Commission, to recommend a fair, predictable path to a $15 an-hour minimum wage, and to examine wages more broadly to ensure working people in British Columbia can get ahead, instead of falling behind.

The commission, which includes representatives from labour and from business, consulted widely with people across British Columbia about the path to a $15 an-hour minimum wage, and recommended a series of four minimum wage increases which will take B.C.’s lowest workers to $15 an hour by 2021.

Infographic disspelling common myths about who is helped by raising the minimum wage. It's not just teenagers and part-time workers who are affected.

When does this take effect?

The first increase will be in June 2018 and will raise the wage by $1.30 – to $12.65 an hour, followed by increases in June of each of the next 3 years: in 2019 it will increase to $13.85; in 2020 it will go to $14.60, and in June of 2021, the minimum wage will rise to $15.20 an hour – or perhaps slightly more, depending on inflation and the economic situation at that time.

Who will benefit from this?

  • An increase to $15 an hour will impact close to 400,000 British Columbians.
  • Just over 20 per cent of all workers in BC earn less than $15 an hour
  • Women account for 62 per cent of those earning minimum wage
  • Fifty two per cent of people earning less than $15 an hour are 25 years or older
  • A large majority of low wage earners (less than $15) are not students; 61 percent are in a coupled family

Infographic showing how the current minimum wage does not cover the living expenses of an average household.