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.   On the morning of Wednesday, September 21st at 9:30 am the mayor and council will be approving a report from staff on the implementation of the living wage. We need you to come to the council meeting (3rd floor, Vancouver City Hall, 453 West 12th Avenue) to celebrate the incredible difference that this will make in the lives of direct staff and contract workers who will see their wages increase as a result of this move. Through ensuring that staff and contractors are able to make ends meet the City of Vancouver is taking a leadership role on working poverty. 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

Watch our webinar: Reaching Out to Employers about the Living Wage

Have you identified a sympathetic employer but are not sure how to take the first step towards asking them to join a living wage campaign? Continue reading

West End restaurant Ritual serves up comfort food and a living wage

The first living wage restaurant in Vancouver, Ritual opened its doors this spring in the West End. Continue reading

Congratulations to Parksville!

The City of Parksville became the fourth municipality in BC to pass a living wage policy on June 6, 2016.  Continue reading

Welcome to new Living Wage Employers

The Living Wage for Families Campaign has certified nine new Living Wage Employers. Welcome to the living wage family! Continue reading

Living Wage in the News

Spring 2016: Parksville and Pitt Meadows support the living wage, the living wage as a poverty reduction strategy, a radio interview with campaign organizer Deanna Ogle and more. Continue reading

United Way Fraser Valley becomes the fifth Living Wage Employer in the region

May 2016, United Way Fraser Valley was honoured to receive certification as the Fraser Valley’s fifth Living Wage Employer. Continue reading