The Living Wage for Families Campaign co-publishes an annual living wage calculation that establishes the living wage rate for Metro Vancouver. The living wage is one solution to lifting low-income workers out of poverty.

The living wage rate is the hourly wage a family needs to earn to cover basic expenses such as food, clothing, shelter, transportation and child care. The living wage calculation is based on a two-parent family with two children with each parent working full time.

This calculation methodology has been used in cities throughout Canada and has become the accepted way to measure what a living wage is and to track low-wage poverty.

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Deanna Ogle, campaign organizer for the Living Wage for Families CampaignFor media questions please contact:

Deanna Ogle
Campaign Organizer
Living Wage for Families Campaign
810 – 815 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1B4
604-975-3347 |

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Latest news releases

2016-09-07: Quesnel becomes second municipality in Canada to implement a living wage policy

2016-04-27: Change in federal policy lowers living wage for first time despite rising costs
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. 

2015-07-08: City of Vancouver passes motion to become a Living Wage Employer
The Living Wage for Families Campaign and the Metro Vancouver Alliance congratulate the City of Vancouver for its commitment to become a Living Wage Employer.

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Living wage in the news

Vancouver Sun: Opinion: Vancouver city council shows leadership on living wages

CBC News Vancouver at 6: Vancouver considers the living wage (17:38-22:38)

Global News Morning BC: BIV: City of Vancouver looks to implement living wage (at 1:03 min)

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