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

We've Moved!

The Living Wage for Families Campaign has moved to a new office space at 312 Main St in Vancouver.  Continue reading

Welcome to our Research Coordinator, Leila Trickey!

The Living Wage for Families Campaign is excited to welcome our new Research Coordinator for our participatory action research project, Leila Trickey. Continue reading

District of Central Saanich certifies as Living Wage Employer

The District of Central Saanich has become certified as a Living Wage Employer, making it the first local government in the Capital Region to achieve certification. Continue reading

Living Wage Campaign Reaches 130 Certified Employers

The Living Wage for Families Campaign has certified eight more Living Wage Employers from across British Columbia. More than 130 BC employers have now been certified as Living Wage Employers, representing more than 19,000 staff and contractors who are earning a decent wage in their communities.  Continue reading

Living Wage 2019 Provincial Budget Submission

The Living Wage for Families Campaign made a submission to the provincial government to inform their 2019 Budget.  Continue reading

We're Hiring: Research Coordinator

  The Living Wage for Families Campaign is hiring a Research Coordinator for a three-year participatory action research project on the impacts of low wages on individuals and families. This research aims to examine community impacts of low wage work to provide a better understanding to policymakers of possible policy responses. Continue reading

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 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