Memo: Changes to Minimum Wage in British Columbia Effective September 15, 2017 (Aug. 24, 2017)

Memorandum
Date: Aug. 24, 2017
To: Deans, directors, managers and heads of academic and administrative units at the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses
From: Michelle Berner, Managing Director, Human Resources – Total Compensation, and Linda McKnight, Managing Director, Human Resources – Advisory Services
Subject: Changes to Minimum Wage in British Columbia Effective September 15, 2017


The Government of British Columbia announced last week that it will be increasing the provincial minimum wage, effective September 15, 2017.

The new minimum wage hourly amounts are:

September 15, 2016 September 15, 2017
General minimum wage $10.85/hour $11.35/hour
Liquor server minimum wage $9.60/hour $10.10/hour

 

Full information on the BC minimum wage can be found at https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017JTST0037-000411.

In reviewing our employee database, it was identified that a number of staff and student employees are currently being paid at the $10.85/hour rate. As of September 15, Payroll will automatically raise the rate of those employees to the new minimum wage rate of $11.35/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.