Fair Wage Schedule for Federal Construction Contracts: British Columbia - South Interior Zone

Effective: May 15, 2013

Construction trades workers on the federal government construction contract containing this appendix must be paid a regular hourly wage rate no less than the rate on this schedule for the type of work they are doing under the contract.

For apprentices registered in an apprenticeship program established by the provincial government, or its designated agency, the employment contract between the apprentice and the contractor (employer) shall determine the wage.

In the event of an inspection or a complaint investigation by an HRSDC Labour Program inspector, both apprentices and contractors should be prepared to produce copies of the employment contract, apprenticeship contract, and evidence of its registration with the British Columbia Industry Training Authority.

If there is no apprenticeship contract, or the document cannot be made available, the worker(s) must be paid the full rate as indicated on the Fair Wage Schedule for the occupation most resembling the work performed.

Wage Rates - B.C. - South Interior Zone PDF version (45.4 KB)

Schedule of Wage Rates for British Columbia – South Interior Zone
Classification of Labour Fair Wage Rate per Hour not less than
Electricians $28.80
Plumbers $30.00
Sprinkler System Installers $32.40
Steamfitters and Pipefitters $31.60
Sheet Metal Workers $29.10
Ironworkers (excluding Reinforcing Ironworkers) $29.20
Reinforcing Ironworkers (rebar/rodman) $22.90
Carpenters $26.70
Bricklayers $27.90
Concrete Finishers $24.40
Tilesetters (including Terrazzo and Marble, etc.) $27.30
Plasterer and Stucco Applicators $26.00
Drywall Installers and Finishers, Lathers and Tapers $27.40
Roofers $22.40
Glaziers $23.90
Insulators $20.60
Painters $21.10
Floor Covering Installers $28.58
Construction Millwrights $35.50
Heavy Equipment Mechanics $28.90
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanics $31.60
Elevator Constructors $43.79
Mobile Crane Operators $29.00
Tower Crane Operators $30.18
Straight Truck Drivers $24.70
Road Tractor Drivers of Semi-Trailers and Trailers $24.20
Heavy Equipment Operators (excluding Cranes, Graders and Asphalt and Paving Machines) $26.50
Grader Operators $26.50
Paving Machine and Asphalt Plant Operators $25.50
Scraper Operators $24.20
Packer (Road-Roller) Operators $23.60
Pressure Vessel Welders $32.70
Traffic Accommodation Persons $17.20
Form Setters $23.10
Asphalt Layers (by hand - includes rakers) $25.31
Helpers, Labourers (excluding Asphalt Layers, Traffic Accommodation Persons or Form Setters) $18.80
Powder Persons and Drillers $25.60
Helper, Labourers with First Aid Ticket $19.20

Fair wage schedule prepared by: Labour Standards, Workplace Directorate Labour Program, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada Based on The National Construction Industry Wage Rate Survey (2010) conducted by the Small Business and Special Surveys Division, Statistics Canada.

Contractors should note:

  1. that the Fair Wages and Hours of Labour Act was repealed. Coming into force date is to be determined by order of the Governor in Council. The repeal will not affect any rights or obligations acquired or incurred under a contract or agreement to which the Act applied. All federal construction contracts containing a fair wage clause will continue to be governed by provisions of the Act for the duration of that contract; and
  2. that in carrying out any of the work contemplated by this contract, the contractor is also subject to any applicable provincial laws and regulations; and
  3. that overtime must be paid according to provincial legislation concerning hours of work at a rate equal to at least one and one-half times the fair wage rate; and
  4. that schedule rates are "straight" wages and do not include compensation in the form of benefits (for example, medical, dental or pension plans); and
  5. that in the event of a complaint under the Fair Wages and Hours of Labour Act, if the occupation of the complainant is not on the posted schedule, the Labour Program inspector will assign the most similar occupation from the schedule by comparing the national occupational classification (NOC) code and the job description that best defines the work actually done by the complainant.

For information concerning these schedules and The Fair Wages and Hours of Labour Act under which they are developed, or to lodge a complaint, contact your nearest Labour Program district office listed in the blue pages of your telephone directory under Government of Canada, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada or call 1-800-O-CANADA (1-800-622-6232).

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