B.C. increasing minimum wage by 3.9 per cent in June

The BC Government announced that minimum wage will increase to $17.30 in June. While that may be good news for minimum wage workers, this hike is still not enough to keep up with the cost of living in Metro Vancouver. Cecilia Hua reports.

The B.C. government is increasing the minimum wage in this province to $17.40 an hour as of June 1, 2024.

The province says the 3.9-per-cent increase is “consistent with B.C.’s average rate of inflation in 2023.”

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According to B.C.’s minister of labour, the province has “gone from having one of the lowest minimum wages in the country to the highest.”

Per changes to Bill 2, all future increases to minimum wages will be automatically determined by the previous year’s average B.C. inflation rate. The province says this will provide workers and employers “certainty and predictability.”

This comes after the province increased the minimum wage by 6.9 per cent in 2023, to $16.75 per hour.

The B.C. government notes some types of work have different minimum wage rates.

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