Minimum wage $13.65

B.C.’s general hourly minimum wage will increase to $13.85 from $12.65, and the minimum wage rates for liquor servers, resident caretakers and live-in camp leaders will all also increase, effective June 1, 2019.Regular increases to minimum wages are one way government is helping to make life more affordable for people, while providing the predictability and certainty that businesses need.

Effective June 1:

* general minimum wage will increase 9.5% to $13.85 per hour, an increase of $1.20 per hour.

* liquor server minimum wage will increase 11.4% to $12.70 per hour, an increase of $1.30 per hour.

* resident caretaker minimum wage, per month, will increase 9.5% to $831.45 for those who manage nine to 60 units (+ $33.32/unit), or $2,832.11 for 61 or more units.

* Live-in camp leader minimum wage, per day, will increase 9.5% to $110.87.

These wage increases for B.C.’s lowest paid workers are the second of four annual increases that will take place on June 1 of each year. Last year, the general minimum wage increased from $11.35.

The minimum piece rates for those who hand-harvest crops increased by 11.5% in January 2019.

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8 Responses to Minimum wage $13.65

  1. Rob Hopkins says:

    This is good. Still trying to play catch-up after the BC Libs kept the minimum wage and welfare rates unchanged for 10 years. These people don’t have unions nor generally do they vote, which allowed the Liberals to write them off and keep taxes lower for everyone else (voters). Too bad that the economy is in the dumper because keeping wages low results in no disposable income to spend in the community. As I have said previously, the powers that be have no respect for unskilled and semi-skilled workers and they are seen as a necessary evil and a focus of exploitation. It is not a good point to say that one could get more educated and grow beyond these jobs as many people are incapable of doing so, and also someone still needs to do these jobs and people seem to once again blame the victim (these employees for some reason need to be punished with a crappy job). If you are one who smugly jockeys your desk around your air conditioned office all day long and the most physical thing that you do is your morning constitutional, trying putting in a week at Covert Farms picking onions in the hot July sun for minimum wage, and then go to sleep on the sidewalk that night because your crappy job does not provide for a roof over your head. Sad that a Bill of Rights has been developed for animals, which is good, but those same rules do not apply to the working poor and the homeless. A quote from Upton Sinclair keeps entering my mind on various relevant situations, “It is hard to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it”.

  2. Alan Ogden says:

    4 comments above 50/50 diametrically opposed. Where do you fall? Just curious.

    Publisher: Since you asked. I believe we should start at 15 dollars an hour. Despite some negative reaction – wages are spent in the economy. The economy needs more dollars to spin it.
    If you take it out of wages, save it – that can be good for you but not the economy. Now when you spend it should be within a content of not using credit unless it is a mortgage or a tool, saving a percentage, shoot for a paid for house and car. Minimize your expenses but spending is human and good for all of business – large companies and small. Shop local.

  3. Ed Machial says:

    Funny thing about raising wages, the government gets more in taxes! We keep hearing that many people are living below the poverty line, yet the government collects income tax at a threshold below what the poverty line is pegged at.
    If this socialist government really cared about the people, they would change the tax structure.

    As an employer I can not afford to higher someone at $15/hr to do basic jobs, when they cant even operate a broom correctly. At that wage I can not afford 2 take the time to teach them!

    • Lee Ann Wilson says:

      And it’s this mentality that keeps humans suppressed/dumbed down. This at any level as employer is disrespectful. Do you believe that someone who efficiently cleans toilets, picks fruit or serves your drinks are any less worthy of respect and a decent humain wage? If you can’t pay your employee $15.00 per hour (today) for any job well done then you are doing/believing something wrong. What is the cost of education today? Who can afford to put aside $20.00 a month on this wage? It has become a very sad day to not have level entry employment (at a decent livable wage) for our local employable people. You would rather pay a pittance to imported labour and who send most of their wage back home where it is desperately needed and inturn treat them very poorly in many instances.

    • Pat Hampson says:

      Well Mr Machial you should consider asking each applicant to provide a reference proving they can use a broom and spell. You are the person doing the hiring and you do not have to accept an applicant if you believe they are not capable of performing the tasks required.

  4. ryan skaros says:

    Minimum wage is for minimal skill. If you don’t like it educate yourself. Increase your knowledge and improve your work ethic then you will EARN a much better wage

  5. Lee Ann Wilson says:

    So pathetic! Minimum wage should not be lower than $15.00 per hour period and even that is low. I challenge any government employee try to live on 12 – 13 dollars an hour. It’s an impossible wage and keeps people sad and discouraged.

  6. Gerhard Blonk says:

    It seems like the key figures missed in this partial equation is that the “actual” rate of overall inflation continues to outpace any given minimum wage increases without adding productivity / full time permanent jobs in an ever increasingly automated environment, for a Net 0 sum gain for the average Joe Six Pack.

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