Minimum Wage Up Tomorrow

The British Columbia hourly minimum wage increases to $12.65 from $11.35, and the minimum wage rates for liquor servers, resident caretakers and live-in camp leaders will also all increase, effective Friday, June 1, 2018.

Here are some specifics:

* General minimum wage increases 11.5% to $12.65 per hour, an increase of $1.30 per hour.

* Liquor server minimum wage increases 12.9% to $11.40 per hour, an increase of $1.30 per hour.

* Resident caretaker minimum wage, per month, will increase 11.5% to $759.32 for those that manage from nine to 60 units (plus $30.43 per unit), or $2,586.40, for 61 or more units.

* Live-in camp leader minimum wage, per day, will increase 11.5% to $101.24.

* Live-in home support worker, alternate minimum wage, will be eliminated. For any workers remaining in this category, the general minimum wage will apply for all hours worked.

The wage increases are the first of four annual bumps that will take effect on June 1 of each year.

For the agricultural sector, farm workers paid by piece rate will see an increase as of Jan. 1, 2019. At that time, there will be an 11.5% increase to all minimum piece rates, with further study to take place in the meantime, in order to better balance the needs of workers and the agriculture industry.

By June 2021, British Columbia's general minimum wage will rise to at least $15.20 per hour, and the separate lower liquor server wage will be eliminated.