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B.C. Minimum Wage Hike in 2011

B.C. new Premier Christy Clark announced on March 16, 2011 that the minimum hourly wage will go up from $8.00 to $8.75 on May 1, 2011, to $9.50 on November 1 and to $10.25 on May 1, 2012. The province's current rate has remained at $8 an hour for ten years and is the lowest in Canada.

As of May 1, B.C. is eliminating its "training wage," which allows employers to pay first-time workers just $6 an hour for the first 500 hours of employment.

After B.C.'s increase on November 1, 2011, Alberta will have the lowest hourly wage in Canada, at $8.80 while Ontario currently has the highest minimum wage of $10.25.

Effective May 1, 2011, minimum wages in Canada will be as follows:

  • Alberta $8.80
  • British Columbia $8.75
  • Manitoba $9.50
  • New Brunswick $9.50
  • Newfoundland $10.00
  • NWT $9.00
  • Nova Scotia $9.65
  • Nunavut $11.00
  • Ontario $10.25
  • PEI $9.00
  • Quebec $9.65
  • Saskatchewan $9.25
  • Yukon $9.00

           

[This page was added on March 17, 2011 and last revised on March 23, 2011.]