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

Precision Tree Services first in the Valley to be certified as a living wage employer

"Think about the improvement in our community's quality of life if every employer in the Comox Valley was living wage certified." Post originally published in the Comox Valley Record, December 13, 2016 Continue reading

Living Wage Campaign - 2016 Year in Review

From all of us at the Living Wage for Families Campaign, thank you for all that you do to support the living wage in your communities. The living wage is gaining momentum across BC. We’ve doubled the number of Living Wage Employers in the past two years. Look at what else you’ve helped us accomplish in 2016. Congratulations to you all! Continue reading

Vancouver’s ‘living wage’ a smart choice

"A living wage policy nudges up wages and benefits for the many contract employees in cleaning, parking, hospitality and food services." Continue reading