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My employer isn’t paying my wages

Last reviewed in February 2023 by the Clicklaw Editors

BC law requires that employers must pay an employee's wages at least twice a month. If your employer isn't paying your wages, good starting points include:

  • Getting Paid for Work, from the provincial government, explains the rights employees have to get paid for their work.
  • Making a Complaint, from the provincial government, outlines the process for filing a complaint under the BC Employment Standards Act.
  • LSLAP Manual: Employment Law, from the UBC Law Students Legal Advice Program, has more detailed information about what you can do. Look under the section "Remedies."

Need more help?

  • Call Employment Standards Branch of BC at 1-833-236-3700. Speak with an agent to see if they can help you.
  • Access Pro Bono Summary Advice Program offers free legal advice to low and modest income individuals by telephone or videoconference. Book an appointment with a volunteer lawyer by filling out the online form or calling the client line at 1-877-762-6664 or 604-482-3195.
  • The Lawyer Referral Service offers a free, brief initial consultation with a lawyer to determine your legal needs. If you would like further help from your lawyer, you can retain them at an agreeable rate of charge.
  • Find more help near you on Clicklaw HelpMap.

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