Labour

B.C. Minimum Wage Increases June 1 for Lowest Paid Workers

As of June 1, 2022, B.C.’s lowest paid workers will get a pay boost as the minimum wage increases from $15.20 to $15.65 per hour, which is the highest of any province. This increase is part of a commitment made by government in 2018 to support workers and their families. Five years of measured, predictable […]

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Province Simplifying, Strengthening Paid Sick Leave

Amendments to B.C.’s Employment Standards Act will strengthen paid sick leave legislation to protect workers and simplify the administrative process for businesses. Harry Bains, Minister of Labour, introduced changes to address two issues that have been raised since the five days of employer-paid sick leave came into effect on Jan. 1, 2022. In the first […]

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Wage Increases Tied to Inflation Support Workers, Families

On June 1, 2022, B.C.’s lowest-paid workers will get a pay boost, with the general minimum wage increasing from $15.20 to $15.65 an hour.The Province is following through on a 2020 commitment to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour through measured, predictable increases, and then tie future increases to the rate of inflation. […]

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Workforce Will Benefit from Five Paid Sick Days Beginning Jan. 1

Employers and workers throughout B.C. are reminded that, as of Jan. 1, 2022, eligible employees are entitled to a minimum of five paid sick days each year if they have worked at the organization for at least 90 days. More than one million workers could immediately benefit as B.C. becomes the first province in Canada […]

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Minister’s Statement on Improvements to Workers’ Compensation System

Harry Bains, Minister of Labour, has issued the following statement on the workers’ compensation system: “My top priority will always be the health and safety of B.C.’s workers, which includes supporting those who have been injured on the job. For far too long, the needs of injured workers have not been met. “We have made […]

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Five Paid Sick Days Coming January 1

Paid sick leave will be standard for workers in British Columbia beginning Jan. 1, 2022, with a minimum of five paid sick days each year. B.C. becomes the first province in Canada to legislate this level of paid time off for workers who fall ill. This new workplace protection applies to all workers covered by […]

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New Rules Protecting Young Workers in Effect Oct. 15

Employers are reminded that changes to employment standards that better protect young people will be in force on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. The changes raise the general working age in British Columbia from 12 to 16 and define the types of jobs that are appropriate for those under 16. Youth aged 14 and 15 are […]

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Options for B.C.’s Permanent Paid Sick Leave Available for Comment

British Columbians are invited to have their say on three proposed options for permanent paid sick leave shaped by their responses to the first phase of consultation. “Over the past several weeks, thousands of workers and employers have completed surveys to give us valuable information on their current sick-leave benefits, if any, and what is […]

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Have Your Say on B.C.’s Permanent Paid Sick Leave

British Columbians are invited to provide input into the development of made-in-B.C. permanent paid sick leave to support workers and protect workplaces. “One of the most critical lessons from the pandemic was the importance of people staying home when they are sick, to contain the spread of an illness and keep workplaces productive,” said Harry […]

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