Minimum Wage Goes Up

By: 

David Huxtable

On September 15, 2017, the minimum wage in BC went up to $11.35 per hour. For servers working in an establishment that serves liquor, the minimum wage went up to $10.10. For live-in caregivers who are paid a day rate, the daily minimum rate goes up to $113.50 per day. It’s a small but important step towards a more livable wage for everyone, given that the living wage in Victoria is $20.01 per hour.

This is a good time to remind folks who make an hourly wage to keep track of your hours. Each hour you work after September 14 should be paid at the new rate. If your employer says they will start paying the new rate on the next paycheque, they are breaking the law. Do your own calculation, fill out an Employment Standards Self-help Kit (available online and from Service BC offices), and take it to your manager or Human Resources person. Politely explain the mistake and allow them to correct it. If they refuse, contact David at TAPS at 250-361-3521.