The Minimum Wage in British Columbia Will Increase on June 1, 2022

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  • March 16, 2022

The Minimum Wage in British Columbia Will Increase on June 1, 2022

Taylor Topliss

The minimum wage in British Columbia will increase from $15.20 to $15.65 as of June 1, 2022.

The BC Provincial Government calculated the increase based on a 2.8% average inflation rate. It appears the current provincial government intends to increase the minimum wage each year in accordance with an annual inflation rate.

Since 2018, the minimum wage has increased each year on June 1.

  • June 1, 2018 – $12.65 per hour
  • June 1, 2019 – $13.85 per hour
  • June 1, 2020 – $14.60 per hour
  • June 1, 2021 – $15.20 per hour

The 2.8% minimum wage increase will also apply to the live-in camp leaders and live-in home support workers who are paid daily wages, and resident caretakers who are paid a monthly wage.

For farm workers who are paid a piece rate, effective Jan. 1, 2023, an increase of 2.8% will apply to minimum piece rates for hand harvesting of 15 specified crops.

Employers must pay employees a rate of pay that meets or exceeds $15.65 per hour regardless of the manner in which the employee is paid, e.g. hourly, salary, commission, or a combination of those, with limited exceptions for live-in camp leaders, live-in home support workers, resident caretakers, farm workers and professions or other workers excluded from the requirements of the BC Employment Standards Act.