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
810 – 815 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1B4
604-975-3347 |




Latest news releases

2018-04-25: Living wage to increase in North Central British Columbia

2018-04-25: Soaring housing costs causing living wage to increase in Metro Vancouver

2017-04-26: BC families face increasing child care and housing costs

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Living wage in the news

2018-07-31: Times Colonist: Victoria council backs campaign for 'living wage'

2018-04-25: BC Today: Living wages raise in B.C.

2018-04-25: Vernon Morning Star: B.C.'s living wage increase curbed due to MSP cuts, child care subsidy: report

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