Weekly Review – June 4th 2021

After another busy week in the Legislature, there are some changes and announcements that I would like to draw your attention to.

Minimum wage surpasses $15/hour

As of June 1, minimum wage in B.C. has increased to $15.20 an hour, making our minimum wage the highest of any province and starting next year, the increases for minimum wage will be tied to inflation.

Additionally, we have ended the lower discriminatory minimum wage for liquor servers.

These changes will ensure that British Columbians are receiving regular and fair increases and boost our economy over the long term.

Grant supports inclusive employment

Our government is providing support to employers in British Columbia through a $4.8-million grant to create inclusive work environments for people with disabilities. Most of this funding will support small businesses in making their workplaces more accessible.

The goal of this project is to support employers to hire, rehire, and retain people with disabilities for long-term successful employment. We remain committed to addressing barriers to accessibility and creating more inclusive workplaces.

Province supports innovative building technologies throughout B.C.

The CleanBC Building Innovation Fund is investing in 21 state-of-the-art projects that demonstrate innovative low-carbon, energy-efficient building practices and technologies. These projects will assist in reaching our CleanBC climate goals and achieve a cleaner, stronger economy for everyone.

New hard hat rules make workplaces more inclusive

WorkSafeBC is making changes to B.C.’s Occupational Health and Safety Regulation on safety headgear.

These regulatory changes, which will go into effect on September 1, 2021, will make workplaces more inclusive for people who wear religious head coverings without compromising workplace safety.

This change brings us closer to creating more inclusive workplaces and building an economy that benefits everyone.

Connectivity investments support northern economic recovery

British Columbians in 19 northern communities will be receiving connectivity upgrades to receive faster and more reliable internet.

These upgrades will assist in ensuring people have the internet access they need to help them be successful whether it’s at home, work, or school.



The Constituency Office is always available to help the residents of Burnaby North. You can find us at 1833 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby, B.C., V5C 5R3.  

Telephone number: 604 775 0778 

Email: Janet.Routledge.MLA@leg.bc.ca