British Columbia: New rules protect young workers July 28 2021

Beginning October 15, 2021 in accordance with the Employment Standards Act, the general working age in British Columbia will go up from 12 to 16. This new rule will protect young people and specify age appropriate jobs.

In accordance with the Employment Standards Act, the occupations or situations that are now generally treated as unsafe for youth under 16 include:

  • repairing, maintaining or operating heavy machinery
  • places where a minor is not permitted to enter
  • construction sites, heavy manufacturing and heavy industrial work
  • sites designed to retain an oxygen-deficient or toxic atmosphere
  • walk-in freezers or coolers, other than to place or retrieve an item
  • lifting, carrying or moving heavy items or animals
  • using, handling or applying hazardous substances, such as pesticides.
  • And more.  

British Columbia Expects To Continue Minimum Wage Increase This Year April 06 2016

In a statement issues on Friday, March 25, 2016, Minister Shirley Bond announced the B.C. Government expectations in relation to the provincial Minimum Wage. As the Minister of Jobs, Tourism, and Skills Training and Minister responsible for Labour, Bond declared the Province’s intention to “keep [the wage rate] in line with [the province’s] overall economic growth”.


Bond declared that the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism, and Skills Training anticipates announcing a new Minimum Wage in spring, with change to officially take effect on September 15th of 2016.


British Columbia’s current Minimum Wage rate sits at $10.45 after increasing from $10.25 in September of the previous year. Currently, British Columbia’s wage rate is among the lowest in the country; the only province with a lower rate being New Brunswick ($10.30).


La Colombie-Britannique prévoit poursuivre l’augmentation du salaire minimum cette année


Dans une déclaration publiée vendredi le 25 mars 2016, la ministre Shirley Bond a annoncé les attentes du gouvernement de la Colombie-Britannique en ce qui concerne le salaire minimum provincial. En tant que ministre de l'Emploi, du Tourisme et de la Formation des compétences, et ministre responsable du Travail, Shirley Bond a déclaré l'intention de la province de « maintenir [le taux salarial] conforme à la croissance économique globale de la province. »


Mme Bond a déclaré que le ministère de l'Emploi, du Tourisme et de la Formation des compétences prévoit annoncer un nouveau taux de salaire minimum au printemps, dont le changement entrerait officiellement en vigueur le 15 septembre 2016.


En septembre de l'année dernière, le taux de salaire minimum de la Colombie-Britannique était passé de 10,25 $ à 10,45 $. Actuellement, le taux de salaire de la Colombie-Britannique est parmi les plus bas au pays; la seule province ayant un taux inférieur étant le Nouveau-Brunswick (10,30 $).