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.

Learn more about the living wage

Download a high resolution map of living wages across BC


For media questions please contact:

Halena Seiferling 
Campaign Organizer
Living Wage for Families Campaign
322 - 312 Main Street
Vancouver, BC V6A 2T2
604-975-3347 |




Latest news releases

2019-05-01: BC’s child care investments have major impact on 2019 living wage

2019-02-06: Nearly 150 Living Wage Employers certified across BC

2018-12-18: District of Central Saanich becomes certified Living Wage Employer

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Living wage in the news

2019-05-04: Revelstoke Review: Revelstoke has third highest living wage requirements in province

2019-05-02: Comox Valley Record: Living wage drops in the Comox Valley

2019-05-01: Prince George Matters: New BC child care investments make Prince George more affordable for families: report

2019-05-01: The Tyee: Metro Van's Living Wage Drops, and that's a Good Thing

2019-03-16: Times Colonist: Comment: Basic income must be only one part of poverty-reduction plans

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