City of Vancouver & Vancouver Police Department Certify as Living Wage Employers

Through implementing a living wage the City of Vancouver has demonstrated that there is a role for employers in ending poverty.   Continue reading

Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ – Ucluelet First Nation Implements a Living Wage Policy

President Les Doiron announced today that the Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ – Ucluelet First Nation has become the second First Nation in Canada to implement a living wage policy. Beginning today Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ Government hourly employees will be paid the current living wage rate for Ucluelet which is $20.11/hour.  Continue reading

Metro Vancouver families face increasing child care and housing costs

(Vancouver) The wage needed to cover the costs of raising a family in Metro Vancouver is virtually unchanged in the past year, however, child care and housing costs are major challenges for many families, a report released today finds. The living wage is the calculation of the hourly wage that each of two working parents with two young children must earn to meet their basic expenses once government taxes, credits, deductions and subsidies are taken into account. The 2017 Metro Vancouver living wage is $20.62 per hour for each parent to meet basic expenses including rent, child care, food and transportation. This is a decrease of only two cents from 2016’s $20.64 per hour.  Continue reading

Precision Tree Services first in the Valley to be certified as a living wage employer

"Think about the improvement in our community's quality of life if every employer in the Comox Valley was living wage certified." Post originally published in the Comox Valley Record, December 13, 2016 Continue reading

Living Wage Campaign - 2016 Year in Review

From all of us at the Living Wage for Families Campaign, thank you for all that you do to support the living wage in your communities. The living wage is gaining momentum across BC. We’ve doubled the number of Living Wage Employers in the past two years. Look at what else you’ve helped us accomplish in 2016. Congratulations to you all! Continue reading

Vancouver’s ‘living wage’ a smart choice

"A living wage policy nudges up wages and benefits for the many contract employees in cleaning, parking, hospitality and food services." Continue reading

What does it mean for the City of Vancouver to implement a living wage policy?

On Wednesday, September 21, 2016 the Mayor and Council at the City of Vancouver unanimously committed to a plan to implement the living wage for all contracts and direct staff at the City of Vancouver, the Vancouver Public Library and the Vancouver Police Department. Continue reading

Vancouver to Become First Major City in Canada Certified as Living Wage Employer

September 21, 2016 (Vancouver, BC) – Council has approved pursuing Living Wage Employer certification for all City of Vancouver employees and sub-contractors to be compensated at or above Metro Vancouver’s living wage rate of $20.64 per hour, including direct salary and certain benefits.  Continue reading

We need your help with the living wage at the City of Vancouver

Last year many of you supported the City of Vancouver committing to become a Living Wage Employer. Now we’re writing to ask for your support one more time at the next council meeting.     Continue reading

Quesnel becomes second municipality in Canada to implement a living wage policy

(Quesnel – September 7, 2016) The Living Wage for Families Campaign congratulates Quesnel on becoming the second municipality in Canada to implement a living wage policy. By adopting a living wage policy for its direct staff and contractors, the City of Quesnel is making it a little bit easier for working families to meet their expenses. Continue reading