B.C.’s minimum wage is set to surpass $15 an hour on June 1 2021, the highest of any province in Canada.
The increase is an extra 60 cents an hour, increasing from $14.60 to $15.20 an hour.
Over the previous four years, the province’s minimum wage has steadily gone up from $11.35 an hour in 2017 as part of the NDP government’s pledge to give the province’s lowest paid workers a pay boost.
After this wage hike, the minimum wage will be tied to inflation.
This wage increase means B.C. will have the highest minimum wage in Canada with the exception of Nunavut, which has a minimum wage of $16 an hour.
According to the labour ministry, in 2020 about 121,000 people, or six per cent of employees in B.C., earned minimum wage or less. About double that earned less than $15.20 an hour. BC has the highest cost of living and the highest levels of wealth inequality in the country,