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BC's minimum wage to increase in three stages to $10.25 by May 1, 2012, training wage will be eliminated

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia

New premier Christy Clark didn't waste time on the minimum wage issue.

In a news release today, she announced that British Columbia's minimum wage will
increase in three stages to $10.25 by May 1, 2012 and that the training wage will be
eliminated.

According to the news release:

  • This increase could mean more than $4,000 additional dollars annually for a full-time employee.
  • The general minimum wage will increase as follows:


    • May 1, 2011:  $8.75
    • November 1, 2011: $9.50
    • May 1, 2012: $10.25.
  • As of May 1, 2011 the training wage is also repealed and all hourly-paid employees will be entitled to the general minimum wage regardless of how long they have been in the paid labour force.
  • A special minimum wage for liquor servers will also be phased in, beginning May 1, 2011. It will be modelled on what now exists in Ontario for employees who serve liquor directly to customers or guests in licensed premises as a regular part of their work.
  • Workers who are subject to alternate minimum pay provisions will receive corresponding increases on a percentage basis.
  • Piece rates for hand harvesting certain crops will be adjusted as a percentage of the first phase of the general minimum wage and will be further reviewed by government.
  • Alcohol server wage for liquor servers will increase as follows:


    • Today: 8.00/hr
    • May 1/11: $8.50
    • Nov 1/11: $8.75
    • May 1/12: $9.00
  • The alcohol server wage will apply to employees who serve liquor directly to customers or guests in licensed premises as a regular part of their work.