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May 27, 2024

Starting June 1, 2024, British Columbia’s minimum wage will rise from $16.75 per hour to $17.40 per hour. With this increase, the province will have the highest minimum hourly wage among Canadian provinces.

This 65-cent increase in British Columbia’s minimum wage represents a 3.9% rise, aligning with the province’s average inflation rate. The minimum wage applies to all workers, regardless of whether they are paid hourly, by salary, commission, or through incentives. If an employee’s salary falls below the minimum wage for the hours worked, the employer is required to cover the shortfall.

Live-in camp leaders, who are paid a daily rate, will see their minimum daily compensation rise from $133.69 to $138.93.

Live-in home support workers will have their daily minimum pay raised from $124.73 to $129.62.

Resident caretakers, who are paid monthly, have their pay based on the number of suites in the building. For those in buildings with 9 to 60 suites, the minimum monthly pay will go up to $1,041.80 plus $41.74 for each suite. For those in buildings with 61 or more suites, the minimum monthly pay will increase to $3,548.63.

In British Columbia, living wages exceed minimum wages. Currently, B.C. has the lowest unemployment rate and the highest minimum hourly wage for workers, but it still doesn’t meet the living wage rates.

See below Living Wage Rates in British Columbia

  • Clayoquot Sound $26.51
  • Columbia Valley $22.63
  • Comox Valley $22.02
  • Cowichan Valley $25.20
  • Daajing Giids $26.25
  • Dawson Creek $20.64
  • Fraser Valley $20.66
  • Golden $25.78
  • Kamloops $20.91
  • Kelowna $24.60
  • Metro Vancouver $25.68
  • Nanaimo $22.87
  • Nelson $21.14
  • Penticton $24.60
  • Powell River $25.06
  • Prince George $22.09
  • Revelstoke $24.60
  • Sunshine Coast $25.61
  • Trail $21.55
  • Victoria $25.40

See Below Minimum Wages in Canada By Province/Territory

Province / Territory Current hourly Minimum Wage  Next Raise Schedule
Canada (only federally regulated private sectors) $17.30 April 1, 2025
British Columbia $16.75 $17.40 per hour, effective June 1, 2024
Ontario $16.55 $17.20 per hour effective October 1, 2024
Newfoundland and Labrador $15.60 April 1, 2025
Prince Edward Island $15.40 April 1, 2025
New Brunswick $15.30 April 1, 2025
Manitoba $15.30 $15.80 per hour, effective October 1, 2024
Quebec $15.25 $15.75 per hour, effective May 1, 2024
Nova Scotia $15.20 October 1, 2024
Alberta $15.00 Yet to be decided
Saskatchewan $14.00 $15 per hour, effective October 1, 2024

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February 6, 2024

Dear Future Neighbour,

Canada announces rules for international students on Monday, February 5, 2024. These rules have been set to properly guide and inform the students, also for the best interest of the students.

See below the five rules for international students coming into Canada

1. Increase in Cost of Living: From January 1, 2024, apart from the tuition fee and travel expenses for Canada study permit, all applicants are expected to have an additional fee of $20,635 for cost of living requirement. However, this amount increases if the student plans to come into Canada with a family member(s).

See below Canada Study Permit funds requirement

Number of family members (including the applicant) Amount of funds required per year (not including tuition)
1 CAN$20,635
2 CAN$25,690
3 CAN$31,583
4 CAN$38,346
5 CAN$43,492
6 CAN$49,051
7 CAN$54,611
If there are more than seven people, each additional family member CAN$5,559

2. Cap on International Students coming into Canada: Canada intends to take in 606,250 candidates in 2024 out of which 360,000 will be for new study permit. This cap on international students does not include:

  • new study permit applications or extensions from within Canada
  • study permit applications to study at the primary school or secondary school level
  • study permit applications to study in a graduate degree program at the master’s or doctorate level.

3. New Provincial Attestation Letter (PAL) Requirement: Applications submitted after 8:30am, Toronto time on Monday, January 22, 2024 are required to provide a provincial attestation letter from the province where they intend to study. The process is still ongoing by the federal government on the issuance of PAL by the province, however by March 31, 2024, the process should be effected.

The following groups are exempted from the PAL requirement for new study permit applications:

  • to study in a preschool, primary school or secondary school (up to grade 12)
  • to study in a master’s degree or doctoral degree program or
  • for study permit extension from within Canada


4. Spousal Open Work Permit Eligibility Change: Henceforth, Canada only intends to give open work permits to spouses of international students on master’s and doctorate degree programs. International students at other levels of study, such as undergraduate and college programs, will no longer be eligible.


5. Changes to Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) Eligibility: Set to take effect from February 15, 2024, master’s degree graduate who complete program in less than two years and meet all the PGWP requirements will be eligible for a longer three-year post-graduation work permit.

However, the length of PGWPs for programs other than master’s degrees remains same with the length of the study program, up to a maximum of three years.

Also, from September 1, 2024, international students who commence a study program as part of a curriculum licensing arrangement will no longer be eligible for a post-graduate employment permit after graduation.

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January 23, 2024

On Monday, January 22, 2024, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship of Canada announced a cap on the number of international students Canada will be welcoming in the year 2024 and 2025.

According to the announcement, Canada expects a total of 360,000 international students in the year 2024, that is a decrease by 35% in comparison to the intake of 2023. This total however does not affect those coming in for elementary, secondary, masters and doctorate studies.

IRCC intends to distribute a portion of the cap to each province and territory bearing in mind the population of the different provinces. The provinces will in turn divide the number to approved educational institutions within their jurisdiction.

From Monday, January 22, 2024, each study permit application filed with the IRCC will need to include an attestation letter from a province in order to impose the cap. Provinces and territories have up until March 31, 2024 to set up a procedure for providing attestation letters to students.

By the end of the year, 2024, there will be a reevaluation of the two-year temporary measure by IRCC that will determine the number of study permits that will be issued in 2025.

The Canadian government intends to keep working with educational institutions, stakeholders, all provinces and territories in order to create a sustainable and effective system for international students.

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