Minimum wage rises on May 1

  • Apr. 20, 2011 7:00 a.m.

Employers and employees in British Columbia are reminded that changes to the provincial minimum wage, under the Employment Standards Act, come into effect on May 1, 2011. 

Effective May 1: 

• The general minimum wage increases from $8 per hour to $8.75 per hour. 

• The First Job Wage, also known as the “training wage”, is repealed and no longer in effect. 

• A new minimum wage rate for liquor servers is introduced. This rate applies only to employees whose primary duties are as a server of food or drink or both, and as a regular part of his or her employment serves liquor directly. The minimum wage rate for liquor servers will be $8.50 per hour.

• Non-hourly rates paid to camp leaders, live-in home support workers and resident caretakers and are being adjusted in proportion to the increase in minimum wage. 

• Piece rates for hand-harvested crops listed in the employment standards regulation increase by 9.375 per cent. 

Additional details on minimum wage changes can be found at: