Become a Living Wage Employer

Together we can make an impact 

Join the over 140 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 ( 

Please note: 2019 applications will open in May. Please contact the Living Wage For Families Campaign for more information.

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. 


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 you don’t see your community listed on the map or if you have any questions email us at 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 implementation plan is essential. Our Guide to Becoming a Living Wage Employer provides information on the criteria for certification and other information employers need to know. The Guide also includes a template implementation plan for large employers.

If you are a small employer with under 15 staff and/or a less complex organizational structure, you may fill out an application form rather than complete an implementation plan. 

The 2019 updates to the Guide and the application forms will be available in May. In the meantime, please contact us to answer any questions you might have. All conversations are 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. 


Don’t hesitate to be in touch.