Minimum wage for agricultural piece rates rising 2.8 per cent in B.C.
British Columbia is reminding farm workers and producers that the minimum wage for agricultural piece rates is increasing 2.8 per cent on Jan. 1, 2023.
The increase applies to 15 agricultural crops that are harvested by hand, as specified in the employment standards regulation, including peaches, apricots, Brussels sprouts, daffodils, mushrooms, apples, beans, blueberries, cherries, grapes, pears, peas, prune plums, raspberries and strawberries.
The increase is based on B.C.’s average annual inflation rate in 2021 and is consistent with the 2.8 per cent increase to the minimum hourly wage that came into effect on June 1, 2022.
Farm worker piece rates in B.C. were previously increased by 11.5% in January 2019. B.C.’s farm worker minimum piece rate system has been in place for more than 40 years, established in 1981.
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