Living wage campaign – 2015 year in review

It has been an incredibly busy year for the Living Wage for Families Campaign. We thank all our supporters and employers who have helped make the living wage movement grow across the region and the province. We couldn’t have done it without you. Check out our year at-a-glance!

Living wage to come to Port Coquitlam city hall

“We want to be leaders. We need our residents to be paid fairly to live and prosper”: Mayor Greg Moore.

Read the article “Living wage  to come to Port Coquitlam city hall” from the Tri-City News.

$20.68 is the 2015 living wage rate for Metro Vancouver

2015 Metro Vancouver living wage rises to $20.68/hr

A report released April 29, 2015, finds that the wage needed to cover the costs of raising a family in Metro Vancouver is $20.68 per hour. This is the 2015 Metro Vancouver living wage rate, the hourly wage that two working parents with two young children must earn to meet their basic expenses. Read more

The Living Wage for Families Campaign raises awareness about the negative impact of low-wage poverty on families and communities throughout BC

It also advocates for what poverty researchers believe is a key solution to the province’s rising poverty rates – regional living wages that ensure basic living expenses such as food, clothing, shelter, transportation and child care can be met. The campaign’s living wage rate for Metro Vancouver is $20.68/hour.

Parents and other caregivers who work for low wages in BC face impossible choices: buy food or heat the house, feed the children or pay the rent. For many more parents it also means working long hours, often at two or three jobs, just to cover the basics.

  • One in five (20.6%) children in BC live in poverty – higher than the national average
  • 80% of Metro Vancouver census areas had at least 100 poor children in them. Metro Vancouver as a whole has a child poverty rate of 20.2%
  • 32% of poor children in BC – 44,500 children – live in families with at least one adult working full time, year round

Source: 2014 Child Poverty Report Card