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. 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.
First Call has hosted the Living Wage for Families Campaign since 2009 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.Read more
Municipalities representing over 430,000 British Columbians made progress on paying a living wage in 2019
As 2019 draws to a close, over 430,000 British Columbians have reason to celebrate. Since last December, five municipalities, including our provincial capital, took steps toward implementing living wage policies, along with two major school districts.Read more
Eight more Living Wage Employers certified in BC, bringing historical total to 180 Living Wage Employers
Eight employers across BC recently received certification as Living Wage Employers. Since 2009 when the BC-based Living Wage for Families Campaign began certifying Living Wage Employers, 180 employers have received the designation.Read more
This week, we’ve been exploring the costs facing the ‘living wage family’ in regions across BC. These analyses are helpful to understand what an average working family may be dealing with, but they still represent a hypothetical family. Today, let’s get into the reality facing low-wage families across our province.Read more
For the third post in our series for Living Wage Week, we're diving further into child care. While the living wage family is experiencing a massive reduction in their child care expenses this year, accessing quality child care is still difficult for many BC families.Read more
Second in our series for Living Wage Week, we're exploring whether the living wage family in our calculations spends an affordable amount of their income on housing. It’s no secret that housing affordability is an issue in BC, and getting a safe and stable place to live remains a critical issue for many working families.Read more
This week, November 11-17, is Living Wage Week. We're celebrating with a series of blog posts that dive deeper into our living wage calculations and what they reveal about working poverty in BC.
First up: learn how the provincial government's child care policies affected our 2019 living wages by offsetting all other increases in the cost of living.Read more