New Living Wage Employers in BC
We have certified 12 more Living Wage Employers from across British Columbia. More than 200 BC employers have now been certified as Living Wage Employers, representing over 26,000 staff and contractors who are earning a decent wage in their communities.
Atkinson Landscaping, BC Libraries Co-Operative, Create Vancouver, The Documentary Media Society, ENKON Environmental Limited, Green Team Solutions, Junction HVAC/R Ltd, Modo HR Technologies Inc, Nanaimo Innovation, Second Harvest and Wise Financials have now committed to paying their direct staff and contracted workers a living wage.
“ModoHR is extremally proud to be certified as a Living Wage Employer, and it speaks to our EmpowerCanada campaign. We recognize that paying a living wage constitutes a critical investment in the long-term prosperity of the Canadian economy by fostering a dedicated, skilled and healthy workforce.” Ken Cahoon, CEO, ModoHR
Certifying as a Living Wage Employer is a voluntary commitment employers make to invest in their communities and local economies.
The living wage is the hourly amount a family needs to cover basic expenses.
"Every one deserves a living wage. As a society, no one should be deprived of food, clothing, or housing. We value our team members and our community too much to deprive them of these things. From a business perspective, we also know that paying staff a living wage increases health, safety, and productivity. There is no reason to do otherwise.” Stephanie Meitz, Director, Green Team Solutions
Many low wage workers are risking their lives to keep us safe, fed and cared for. It is vital that in return they earn a living wage in order to be able to pay for essentials for their family. We’re delighted that these employers have committed to paying their direct and contracted staff a Living Wage.
“Historically, Early Childhood Educators (ECE) at daycares have been paid appallingly low wages. We must value and support the individuals guiding our children through the most important developmental period of their lives—the infant to five-year-old stage is crucial to establish a good foundation of learning, behaviour, health, and wellness, all of which greatly impacts their development trajectory and the adults they will become. Paying our ECE teachers a wage well above the Living Wage for Mid Vancouver Island is an important part of our philosophy of ensuring the best possible environment for the children in our care,” said Keely Freeman, Daycare Manager at Nanaimo Innovation Academy." Keely Freeman, Daycare Manager at Nanaimo Innovation Academy
The calculation is based on a two-parent family with two children – the most common family unit in BC – with each parent working full-time. The Living Wage for Families Campaign calculates regional living wages annually.