Community Social Services: wage increases effective February 1, 2017 – new wage grids available

December 15, 2016

Community Social Services: wage increases effective February 1, 2017 – new wage grids available

The Public Service Agency has calculated the Economic Stability Dividend (ESD) for 2017, which will amount to an 0.35% increase on hourly rates effective the first pay period after February 1, 2017.

A general wage increase of 1% is also in effect on the same date, raising hourly wage rates for all community social service members by a total of 1.35%.

The bargaining agents for the sector have agreed to new wage grids that incorporate these increases for all members covered by the Community Living, General Services and Aboriginal Services agreements. New wage grids that incorporate the wage increases are available here:

If you are uncertain which collective agreement or wage grid applies to you, you can search by employer name on our database and find the collective agreement and wage grid that applies to you. 

The ESD was negotiated in collective agreements covering workers in direct government, health, social services, crown corporations, universities, K to 12 and other post-secondary institutions. The ESD increase applies to all collective agreements with the ESD Memorandum of Understanding. The ESD is included in several collective agreements the BCGEU negotiated in 2013 and 2014.

The Economic Stability Dividend is calculated on the variation between the actual growth in provincial real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and the projected real GDP growth, provided by the provincial Economic Forecast Council. Real GDP is adjusted for inflation and is measured by Statistics Canada. It is published on a provincial basis in their report titled Real Gross Domestic Product at Market Prices in November of each year.

The BCGEU has independently confirmed the Employer’s ESD calculation of 0.35%.

Similar calculations will be conducted over the next two years and could lead to ESD pay increases in February of 2018 and 2019