VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) - Premier Christy Clark announced BC's minimum wage will gradually go up at her first cabinet meeting today.
The minimum wage will rise from $8.00 an hour to $8.75 by May, $9.50 by November and up to $10.25 by May of next year.
The government is also getting rid of the $6.00 training wage. However, the minimum wage for people who serve alcohol will cap out at $9.00 by next year.
In a written statement, Clark said, "This increase could mean more than $4,000 additional dollars annually for a full-time employee, providing more support to BC workers and the families who depend on them."
Clark says they will be rolling out the increase in three stages so businesses have enough time to adjust.
Breakdown of BC's minimum wage:
May 1/11 $8.75
Nov 1/11 $9.50
May 1/12 $10.25
Alcohol server wage for liquor servers:
May 1/11 $8.50
Nov 1/11 $8.75
May 1/12 $9.00
Edited by bolt, 16 March 2011 - 04:15 PM.