Memo: Changes to Minimum Wage in British Columbia Effective Sept. 15, 2015 (Aug. 20, 2015)

Date: Aug. 20, 2015
From: Michelle Berner, Director Total Compensation, Human Resources, and Linda McKnight, Director Advisory Services, Human Resources
To: Heads Up and HR Administrators (Vancouver campuses)
CC: Human Resources Advisory Services, Total Compensation
Subject: Changes to Minimum Wage in British Columbia Effective September 15, 2015

The Government of British Columbia will be increasing the provincial minimum wage, effective September 15, 2015.

The new minimum wages are highlighted in the table below:

  May 2, 2012 September 15, 2015
General minimum wage $10.25/hour $10.45/hour
Liquor server minimum wage $9.00/hour $9.20/hour

Full information on the BC minimum wage can be found at

In reviewing our employee database, it was identified that a small number of student and staff employees are currently being paid at the $10.25/hour rate. As of September 15, Payroll will automatically raise the rate of those employees to the new minimum wage rate of $10.45/hour.

If your faculty or department has salaried students, please ensure that the salary they receive is at least equivalent to the minimum wage for the number of hours they work.

Moving forward, please ensure that all appointment forms are reflective of the new BC minimum wage.

If you have questions around compensation, please contact your Compensation Consultant/Associate.

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