Welcome To Our New Campaign Organizer!

  The Living Wage for Families Campaign has hired a new Campaign Organizer, Halena Seiferling.  Continue reading

Job Posting: Campaign Organizer Position!

Living Wage for Families Campaign Organizer  Full time position (35 hours/week), including evening and weekend work, as necessary Location: First Call office, downtown Vancouver First Call is a dynamic, non-partisan coalition of over 100 provincial and regional partner organizations in British Columbia committed to strengthening support for the well-being of children and youth in BC. Through public education, community mobilization and public policy advocacy, our non-profit coalition aims to ensure children and youth receive “first call” on society’s resources and their rights are understood and respected. (See www.firstcallbc.org for more information.) Building on our work monitoring child poverty levels in BC, since 2009 First Call has hosted the Living Wage for Families Campaign to address the high proportion of children who live with parents/caregivers in the paid workforce whose wages are insufficient to lift their families out of poverty. In collaboration with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and other partners, the Living Wage is recalculated annually based on the earnings needed to allow a household to meet its basic needs, after government transfers are taken into account. The campaign has certified over 100 living wage employers to date. Position Summary Overall accountability for the day-to-day operations of the Living Wage for Families Campaign to achieve agreed-upon campaign objectives as laid out in annual campaign/program plan. Continue reading

The Living Wage Increases Across BC

  Soaring housing costs causing living wage to increase in Metro Vancouver (Vancouver) The cost of raising a family in British Columbia increased slightly from 2017 to 2018. And if it hadn’t been for reductions in Medical Service Plan premiums and child care costs, the increase would have been higher, says the Living Wage for Families Campaign. A $20.91 hourly wage is needed to cover the costs of raising a family in Metro Vancouver, up from is $20.62 per hour in 2017. This is 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. The cost is calculated annually in Working for a Living Wage : Making Paid Work Meet Basic Family Needs in Metro Vancouver, a report published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ BC office, First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition and the Living Wage for Families Campaign. Continue reading

Justice on Our Campuses - Day of Action!

Tomorrow, April 4th, the ‘Justice Begins on Our Campuses’ Working Group composed of stakeholders from Langara College, BCIT, VCC, Capilano University, and UBC-Okanagan are holding a Day of Action! The working group delegation representing five BC campuses plan to simultaneously deliver a series of recommendations to their respective administrators calling for a fair tendering process, a Living Wage on campus for all workers, and respect for workers' right to freely choose a trade union. If you haven't yet, please go to www.livingwageforfamilies.ca/justice to support the campaign by sending an email to school administrators.  Their Media Advisory is as follows:  Continue reading

$15 by 2021 - What does it mean for BC Families?

BC leads the country in having the highest rate of working poverty. A $15/hr minimum wage will mean a raise for 400,000 workers across BC who are working for less than that. Continue reading

City of Pitt Meadows certifies as a Living Wage Employer

The City of Pitt Meadows has become the sixth local government in BC to certify as a Living Wage employer, certified by the Living Wage for Families Campaign. As a certified living wage employer, the City is committed to paying employees and employees of externally contracted service providers a living wage, as determined by the LWFC.  Continue reading

PARC Retirement Living first retirement residence to be a Living Wage Employer

PARC Retirement Living is the first retirement residence to certify as a Living Wage Employer in BC. PARC Retirement Living provides four independent retirement residences in the Lower Mainland.  Continue reading

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