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BC (British Columbia) Provincial Payroll Information

This page provides provincial payroll information for the province of British Columbia. Click one of the links below to move directly to the corresponding section. To view Federal information, please click here.

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Minimum Wage  Hours of work  Worker's Compensation  Leaves  Statutory Holidays  Minimum Age  Pay Statements  Terminations  Vacationable Earnings 


  • TD1 - Basic Personal Amount - Every person employed in British Columbia and every pensioner residing in B.C. can claim the personal exemption amount of 10,412 in 2018 (up from $10,208 in 2017).
  • Federal Basic Exemption - The Federal Basic Exemption amount is $11,809 in 2018 (up from $11,635 in 2017).

Note: This information is meant to serve as a guide only. Readers are encouraged to consult the full legislation of B.C.'s Employment Standards Act. Here are some online resources:

Minimum Wage in BC

The province of British Columbia has various wage rate standards as follows:

Parties Applicable (requirements) Wage Rate
General $12.65 as of June 1, 2018. Moving to $13.85 on June 1st, 2019.

Hours of Work in BC

The type of employee excluded from this legislature are management, teachers or instructors, police officers, firefighters, farm workers, fishers, commercial travelers, live-in home support, etc.

A week is defined as Sunday to Saturday.

Period Rate
Maximum No regulation - must be safe for workers
Minimum 2 hours at regular wage or 4 hours at regular wage if employee is scheduled to work more than 8 hours
Overtime paid after 8.00 hours/day or 40.00 hours/week
Overtime Rate 1 and 1/2 times the employee's regular rate of pay
Double Time paid after 12.00 hours per day
Double Time Rate 2 times regular rate of pay
Break Period 1/2 hour per consecutive 5 hours worked
Rest Period 8.00 hours between shifts

Worker's Compensation in BC

The Maximum Assessable Earnings amount for 2018 is $82,700 (up from $81,900 in 2017). The deadline for submission is the last day of February (Quarterly) and March 1-15 (Yearly).

Car allowances (unless employer requests ruling) Temporary lay-off with pay
Clothing allowances (unless employer requests ruling) Maternity with pay
Moving allowances (unless employer requests ruling) Pre-retirement pay (unless employer requests ruling)
Travel allowances (unless employer requests ruling) Regular salary or wages/overtime
Bonuses Shift premium
Commissions Sick pay (during year)
Call in pay WCB top-up
Call back pay Short-term disability paid by the employer
Standby pay Long-term disability paid by the employer
Directors' fees Vacation pay
Gifts (cash) Paid statutory holidays
Gratuities (if documented)  
Taxable Benefits such as:
RRSP Stock options
Retiring allowance WCB award
Severance pay Wages in lieu of notice / indemnity
Sick pay on termination  
Taxable Benefits such as:
Board & lodging Loans
Company car Private health care
Life insurance Provincial medical

Leaves of Absence in BC

Adoption Leave
Time with Employer Same as Parental Leave
Required Notice Same as Parental Leave
Length of Leave 37 weeks
Paid No
Bereavement Leave
Time with Employer N/A
Required Notice N/A
Length of Leave Three days.
Paid No
Compassionate Care Leave
Time with Employer There is no specified period to qualify for leave.
Required Notice Medical certificate stating that the family member has a serious medical condition with a significant risk of death within 26 weeks. There is no requirement for the employee to make the request in writing or to give the employer advance notice.
Length of Leave Up to eight weeks within a 26-week period.
Paid No.
Family Responsibility
Time with Employer N/A
Required Notice N/A
Length of Leave 5 days in total per year
Paid No
Parental Leave
Time with Employer No specific time period
Required Notice four weeks
Length of Leave 37 consecutive weeks (without pay) taken for the father any time within the 52-week period following the birth or care and custody of the child, or for the mother 35 consecutive weeks immediately following the pregnancy leave (or 37 week if Pregnancy Leave is not taken).
Extension of Leave 5 weeks
Benefits Maintained Yes
Paid No
Pregnancy Leave
Time with Employer No specific period of time
Required Notice four weeks
Length of Leave 17 weeks (without pay) taken any time within the 11 weeks before with the minimum of 6 weeks taken after the birth.
Extension of Leave 6 weeks
Benefits Maintained Yes
Sick Leave
There is no provincial requirement for an employer to give an employee paid sick leave. However, if sick leave is paid or allowed, it may not be deducted at a later date from any other entitlement to a paid holiday, vacation pay, or other wages.
Voting Leave
Time with Employer N/A
Required Notice N/A
Length of Leave Four hours.
Paid Yes

View the BC government's Leaves and Jury Duty Factsheet for more information.

Statutory Holidays in BC

Holiday 2018 2017
New Year's Day Mon., Jan. 01 Sun., Jan. 01
Family Day Mon, Feb. 12 Mon, Feb. 13
Good Friday Fri., Mar. 30 Fri., Apr. 14
Victoria Day Mon., May. 21 Mon., May. 22
Canada Day Mon., July 02 Sat., July 01
British Columbia Day Mon. Aug. 06 Mon. Aug. 07
Labour Day Mon., Sep. 03 Mon., Sep. 04
Thanksgiving Day Mon., Oct. 08 Mon., Oct. 09
Remembrance Day Sun., Nov. 11 Sun., Nov. 11
Christmas Day Tue., Dec. 25 Mon., Dec. 25

According to the Canadian Labour Standards Code, whenever New Year's Day, Canada Day, Remembrance Day, Christmas Day, or Boxing Day falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the employer must grant his or her employee a holiday with pay on the next working day immediately preceding or following the holiday, providing that the holiday is a provincial requirement. If the statutory holiday falls on a regularly scheduled work day and is worked, then for the first 11 hours worked the employee must be granted time and a half of their regular rate of pay. For any hours in excess of 11 hours the employee must receive double time plus a day off with pay. The vacation must be taken while the employee is still employed by the employer and before the employee's next annual vacation.

* British Columbia Day is considered a provincial statutory holiday. It falls on the first Monday of August.

** December 26, Boxing Day, is regarded as a general holiday under the Holiday Shopping Regulation Act.

Minimum Age in BC

Children who are 12 or older, but have not yet turned 15, cannot be employed without the written consent of a parent or legal guardian (and must be under the direct and immediate supervision of a person aged 19 or older at all times while working). Children under 12 years of age cannot be employed without a child employment permit issued by the Director of Employment Standards

Pay Statements

For British Columbia the pay is required semi-monthly or more frequently. The employee must receive their regular wages within eight days after the end of each period. British Columbia's pay statements must contain the following:

Pay Statement Inclusions
Itemized Deductions Other earnings/payments (incl. vacation, commissions, bonus, allowances)
Net pay Employer name and address
Statutory, public, general and holiday pay hours Overtime wages and rate
Total hours worked Overtime banked and overtime taken
Wage rate  

Termination Notice in BC

Individual Termination
Length of Employment Notice Required
Under 3 months None
Between 3 to 12 months 1 week
Between 1 to 3 years 2 weeks
3 years 3 weeks
Over 3 years For every year of employment after 3 years, an additional week of notice is required up to 8 weeks in total.
Group Termination
Number of Employees Notice Required
50 to 100 8 weeks
101 to 300 12 weeks
Over 301 16 weeks

Vacationable Earnings in BC

Inclusions and Exclusions
Work related bonuses (cash) Overtime pay
Call in pay Pay in lieu of notice/Termination pay
Call back pay Previously paid vacation pay
Commissions earned at employer's premises Regular salary/wages/retroactive
Commissions earned by a route salesman Shift premium
Employer-paid long term disability Statutory - Company Holidays (floaters)
Employer-paid short term disability Statutory
Allowances (car, clothing, moving, travel, meals) Severance/Plant severance
Discretionary bonuses (cash) Standby pay
Directors' fees Tips and Gratuities
Gifts (cash or in kind) Sick Pay
Profit Sharing Maternity leave top-ups
Stock options Retiring allowance (lump sum / installments)
Taxable Benefits such as:
Board & lodgings Loans
Company car / parking Provincial Medical
Life Insurance  
Vacationable Entitlement
Length of employment Entitlement
1 to 4 years 2 weeks or 4%
5 years or more 3 weeks or 6%


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