On September 15, British Columbia’s minimum wage increased by 20 cents from $10.25 to $10.45 an hour, while the liquor server wage jumped from $9.00 to $9.20 per hour.
The increase marks the last time the provincial government says it will decide how much to raise the wage. Going forward, from 2016 onward, the minimum wage will be determined using a formula calculated upon the percentage the B.C. Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased in the previous calendar year. In years where there is a negative CPI change, the minimum wage would stay the same.
Minister of Jobs, Tourism, and Skills Training Hon. Shirley Bond says the latest increase hits the mark. “Raising the minimum wage allows BC to keep pace with minimum wages in the rest of Canada while maintaining our competitiveness,” she said.