Become a Living Wage Employer

Together we can make an impact 

Join the over 50 Living Wage Employers across BC in addressing poverty in your community. 

If you have any questions about the process, don’t hesitate to be in touch by phone (604-975-3347) or email (info@livingwageforfamilies.ca). 

The living wage is a regional calculation that looks at the amount that a family of four, two adults working full-year, full-time, need to earn to meet their expenses. The living wage allows working families to support the healthy development of their children and participate in the social, civic and cultural lives of their communities.

A living wage employer pays all direct and contract staff the living wage rate for their region. 

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Step 1: Determine the living wage in your region

You can see a map of the BC communities that have calculated a living wage rate. If your office is located outside of British Columbia, please visit Living Wage Canada to find the living wage for your region. If you don’t see your community listed on the map or if you have any questions email us at info@livingwageforfamilies.ca. We can help!

To calculate the living wage rate for each employer we take into account their employees’ total compensation package (wage + benefits). If employees receive non-mandatory benefits like extended health benefits or Medical Services Plan (MSP) coverage, the living wage rate is reduced to take this into account. See our benefits calculator for details.

A Guide to Becoming a Living Wage Employer

Step 2: Make a plan

A clear, stepped implementation plan is essential. Download and read through A Guide to Becoming a Living Wage Employer (PDF). The handbook offers step-by-step information for large and small employers. If you are a small employer with under 15 staff we have a form (PDF) that walks you through the steps of an implementation plan.

Call us (604-975-3347) in the initial stages to answer any questions you might have. Any conversation we have is confidential and we won’t rush you through the process.

Step 3: Apply for certification

Once you have submitted your living wage plan, it will be reviewed by a committee of employers. This committee will approve your plan or ask for more information to strengthen your application. This process is to help you have as strong an implementation plan as possible. 

Questions?

Don’t hesitate to be in touch.
604-975-3347
info@livingwageforfamilies.ca