Gig Worker Engagement

Engagement summary

Here in B.C., most workers are eligible for the employment benefits and protections established by the Employment Standards Act, such as minimum wage, overtime pay, statutory holidays and vacation pay.

Gig work includes income-earning activity outside of a traditional longer-term employment relationship. This includes app-based ride-hail and food-delivery work. While some workers performing gig or temporary jobs may be true independent contractors not covered by the Employment Standards Act, others are wrongly denied minimum employment standards by their employer when in fact they are legally entitled to them.

Government carried out an extensive engagement to meet with and hear from ride hail and food-delivery workers, platform companies and business associations, organizations, academics, researchers, Indigenous partners and others on the benefits and challenges of this type of work.

An online questionnaire for ride hail and food-delivery workers and the public was open until Friday, January 6, 2023. In-person roundtable meetings with ride hail and food-delivery workers were held in communities across the province in November and December 2022.

The ministry will compile and review the feedback gathered from the engagement process. A What We Heard report will be shared publicly once it is complete.

Click here to find out more information about B.C.’s precarious work strategy and employment standards.

Details of the Engagement

Date: November 6, 2022 to January 6, 2023

Category: Business & Commerce

Status: Closed

Location: Province-wide