August 24, 2017

In May 2016, BC Liberal government announced a new increase to minimum wage in two stages: the first increase was 40 cents and brought minimum wage to $10.85 per hour, effective September 15, 2016. A second increase of 30 cents (plus an amount based on the 2016 CPI), to take effect on September 15, 2017, was also announced.

In keeping with the Liberals plans, the BC NDP government is moving forward with this increase. Effective September 15, 2017, minimum wage will increase from $10.85 per hour to $11.35 per hour. At the same time as the general minimum-wage increase, the liquor servers’ wage is also rising by 50 cents to $10.10 per hour.

The full government news release can be found here.

ABLE BC understands the minimum wage increases will be difficult for some of our members across the province. We support reasonable minimum wage increases that ensure our members’ employees keep up with the cost of living, are announced well in advance to give businesses time to adjust, and do not trigger large price increases or a reduction in entry-level employment.

Government has been very clear on their intent to increase minimum wage to $15 per hour over the course of their mandate. ABLE BC fully intends to work with the government’s fair wage commission to ensure wage predictability and certainty for our members.

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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