British Columbia’s minimum wage will increase by 40 cents in September 2016, and by the same amount again next year. At 3.8%, the increase is more than twice the rate of inflation, even though the government had promised to link all future minimum wage increases to the Consumer Price Index when announcing the 2015 increases last March.
The general wage will jump to $10.85 in 2016 and $11.25 in 2017. The liquor server wage, which recognizes the significant income servers earn from tips, rises by the same amount to $9.60 in 2016 and $10.00 in 2017.
Restaurants Canada had asked the government for predictability and certainty on minimum wage. While the increase is higher than expected, the minimum wage announcement provided minimum wage certainty for 2016 and 2017 and provides a few months notice for members to prepare for the September 2016 increase. The announcement also included $2.88 million in targeted new job training supports and a 1% reduction in the small business tax rate from 2.5% to 1.5% effective in 2017, both of which will help restaurant businesses.
See B.C. minimum wage press release backgrounder for more information on training supports announced.
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