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

City employees already compensated at living wage rate; potentially 120 subcontractors in-scope for consideration 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

Change in federal policy lowers living wage for first time despite rising costs

(Vancouver - April 27, 2016) A report released today finds that the wage needed to cover the costs of raising a family in Metro Vancouver is $20.64 per hour. This is the 2016 Metro Vancouver living wage, the hourly wage that two working parents with two young children must earn to meet their basic expenses (including rent, child care, food and transportation), once government taxes, credits, deductions and subsidies have been taken into account.  Continue reading