Minimum Wage Now Up To $9.50

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VICTORIA – B.C.’s minimum wage increased to $9.50 on Tuesday, Nov.

1. At the same time, the minimum wage rate for liquor servers only increased to

to $8.75.

This is the second increase to the minimum wage this year, and follows

on Premier Christy Clark’s commitment in March 2011 to increase minimum

wage in three stages to $10.25 by May 1, 2012, providing more support

for B.C. workers and families in every region of the province.

Non-hourly rates paid to camp leaders, live-in home support workers and

resident caretakers will be adjusted at the same time in proportion to

the increase in minimum wage.

Piece rates for hand-harvested crops listed in the employment standards

regulation will remain unchanged pending the outcome of a review

currently being undertaken by the Ministry of Labour, Citizens’ Services

and Open Government. The review is expected to be completed by the end

of this year.