September 19, 2016

In May, BC Government announced a new increase to minimum wage in two stages: the first increase will be 40 cents and bring the minimum wage to $10.85 per hour, effective September 15, 2016. This new rate includes the 10 cents scheduled for the 2015 CPI, plus an additional 30 cents. A second increase of 30 cents plus an amount based on the 2016 CPI will bring the minimum wage rate to $11.25, effective September 15, 2017.

The minimum wage rate for liquor servers will also increase by the same amounts and on the same dates as the general minimum wage. The differential of $1.25 between the general minimum wage and liquor server rate will be maintained.

ABLE BC understands the minimum wage increases will be difficult for some of our members across the province and we are disappointed that the government has deviated from their plan announced last year to base minimum wage increases on CPI.

However, we greatly appreciate the government’s efforts to offset negative impacts on small business by reaffirming its commitment to reducing the small business tax by 40% by 2017-18. In addition, the Province is investing $2.88 million in new training programs to help with labour shortages in the province, including the hospitality sector. These are concrete, positive steps that will benefit all of our members.

On your behalf, ABLE BC has long advocated for predictability and certainty on minimum wage increases. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact the ABLE BC office at 604-688-5560 or

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