Living Wage Submission to the BC Fair Wages Commission

The provincial government's Fair Wages Commission is consulting the public on how to reduce the gap between the minimum wage and a living wage in BC. The Living Wage for Families Campaign is making 14 recommendations in this consultation. Submissions are accepted until June 28, 2019. Continue reading

Living Wage for Local Governments: Webinar May 16

If you work for or represent a local government, join our webinar on May 16 to learn about how local governments can become Living Wage Employers! Continue reading

2019 Living Wages Released: BC's child care investments have major impact

Living wage calculations for communities across BC decreased significantly this year, according to a new report released today from the Living Wage for Families Campaign. Even though costs are increasing steeply for rent and other basic necessities, the cost of living for families with children is lower in 2019 thanks to the provincial government’s new child care policies. Continue reading

Video: Living Wage at the 2019 High Ground Conference

In March 2019, Campaign Organizer Halena Seiferling gave a Pecha Kucha-style presentation to attendees of the Columbia Institute's 2019 High Ground Conference. The video is now online! Continue reading

Living Wage Submission to Employment Standards Consultation

Until March 31, the provincial government is seeking feedback about employment standards. The consultation focuses on six areas: increasing protection of child workers, transforming the Employment Standards Branch, supporting families through difficult times with job-protected leaves of absence, strengthening workers’ ability to recover wages/monies owed, clarifying hours of work and overtime standards, and improving fairness for terminated workers. Continue reading

BC Releases Poverty Reduction Strategy

On March 18, 2019, the BC government unveiled its Poverty Reduction Strategy, which aims to reduce overall poverty by 25 per cent and cut child poverty in half by 2024. Continue reading

Living Wage Submission to Basic Income Consultation

The provincial government is seeking public input about basic income in BC. The Living Wage for Families Campaign sent a submission recommending that any possible basic income program comprise only one part of an accountable, bold, and comprehensive poverty reduction plan for the province. Continue reading

BC Budget 2019: Improvements for BC Families

On February 19, the provincial government released its 2019 Budget. The Budget includes several measures which would help BC families, most notably the new BC Child Opportunity Benefit, but more could be done to better help workers and those receiving government supports.  Continue reading

Living Wage Campaign Celebrates 146 Living Wage Employers

Sixteen employers across British Columbia were recently certified as Living Wage Employers, reaching a total of 146 certified employers in BC. This represents over 19,300 staff and contractors who are earning a decent wage in their communities.  Continue reading

Living Wage Employers: 2018 Applications Now Closed

In preparation for calculating new 2019 living wage rates across the province, the Living Wage for Families Campaign will not review applications from employers until May.  Continue reading