The minimum wage in British Columbia will increase by 50 cents to $11.35 an hour, effective Sept. 15, 2017, the provincial government announced February 27.
This amount is 10 cents higher than the $11.25-per-hour minimum wage the B.C. government had, in May 2016, said would go into effect in September of this year. In a news release, the government said the new rate includes a 20-cent increase tied to inflation plus an additional 30 cents; the government’s original plan had called for a 10-cent inflation-related bump.
Liquor servers will also see their minimum wages increase by 50 cents per hour, to $10.10.
Irene Lanzinger, president of the B.C. Federation of Labour, said the 10-cent-per-hour bump won’t go far to help lift low-wage workers out of poverty.
“The increase allows the Liberals to pretend they’re doing something about poverty, when they’re really not,” Lanzinger said.
“What we really need from government is a concrete plan to address poverty, low wages and rampant inequality in B.C.”