•The percentage of employees earning minimum wage declined from 7.5% in 2012 to 4.8% in 2016.
•The number of B.C. employees earning minimum wage in 2016 was 93,800 out of a total of 1,958,600 paid employees (excluding self-employed).
•The national average for people earning minimum wage is 6.9%
the B.C. government will increase the minimum wage by 50 cents to $11.35 an hour, effective today, to better reflect the province’s overall economic growth and ensure all workers benefit from B.C.’s thriving job market.
The new rate includes a 20-cent increase based on the BC 2016 Consumer Price Index (CPI), plus an additional 30 cents. There will also be an identical increase of 50 cents per hour to the liquor server minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.