The Living Wage and the Welfare Food Challenge

Earyn-Deanna-Welfare-Food-Challenge-sqMore than 170,000 people in BC struggle to make ends meet on welfare. Living wage campaign organizer Deanna Ogle, along with her partner Earyn Wheatley, explore the connections between the living wage, poverty, climate change, food security and welfare while participating in the 4th annual Welfare Food Challenge November 3 to 9, 2015. The two will only eat the food they can each buy with $21 a week.

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City of Vancouver to become a Living Wage Employer

The Living Wage for Families Campaign and the Metro Vancouver Alliance congratulate the City of Vancouver for its commitment to become a Living Wage Employer. A motion introduced by Mayor Robertson was debated July 8, 2015, and passed unanimously. Read more

$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