Restaurant servers' minimum wage increasing $5/hour by 2021

First wage increase to $11.20/hr begins June 1; farm workers, caretakers also see increase

Servers in B.C. will be getting a pay raise come June 1.

The serving wage is going up from $10.10/hour to $11.40/hour, the province announced on Thursday, with the goal of $15.20/hour by 2021. 

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The changes are part of a second report compiled by the Fair Wages Commission, established last October to advise the government on how to increase B.C.’s minimum wage.

In February, the commission released its first report on getting British Columbia to $15-per-hour. It was then tasked with providing recommendations for groups of workers whose minimum wage is different from the general wage: servers, farm workers paid by piece rates, resident caretakers, live-in camp leaders and live-in home support workers.

Piece-rate farm workers will see an 11.5 per cent increase to all piece rates on Jan. 1, 2019, with further study to take place.

Resident caretakers will see an 11.5 per cent increase this June, followed by increases of 9.5 per cent, 5.4 per cent and 4.1 per cent in 2019, 2020 and 2021, respectively.

Live-in camp leaders will see the same per cent increases as resident caretakers until they reach $121.65/day in 2021.

As for live-in-home support workers, the government is abolishing their minimum wage “as it covers very few or no workers,” notes a media release. They will be covered by the general minimum wage.

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