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First Call Child and Youth Advocacy Society's Living Wage for Families BC program is no longer accepting applications from employers. First Call will provide more information shortly. We apologize if this causes you any inconvenience. Thank you for your patience.

If you have urgent inquiries, please email us at [email protected]



The living wage is a regional calculation that looks at the amount that a family of four, two adults working full year, full time, need to earn to meet their expenses. The living wage allows working families to support the healthy development of their children and participate in the social, civic and cultural lives of their communities.

Step 1: Determine the living wage in your region

You can see a map of the BC communities that have calculated a living wage rate.  If you don’t see your community listed on the map or if you have any questions email us at [email protected]. We can help!

To calculate the living wage rate for each employer we take into account their employees’ total compensation package (wage + benefits). If employees receive non-mandatory benefits like extended health benefits, the living wage rate is reduced to take this into account. A Guide to Becoming a Living Wage Employer

Step 2: Make a plan

A clear plan is essential. Our Guide to Becoming a Living Wage Employer provides information on the criteria for certification and other information employers need to know.

  • If you are a small employer with under 50 staff and/or a less complex organizational structure, you may fill out an application form rather than complete an implementation plan. 
  • If you are a large employer (50 or more staff and/or more complex organizational structure), you will need to draft an implementation plan. Refer to the Employers Guide for more information.

We have also prepared resources for employers of various sizes, sectors, and industries. Browse these here.

Please contact us to answer any questions you might have. All conversations are confidential and we won’t rush you through the process.

Step 3: Apply for certification

Once you have submitted your living wage application form or implementation plan, it will be reviewed by a committee of employers. This committee will approve your plan or ask for more information to strengthen your application. This process is to help you have as strong an implementation plan as possible.

To help recover the costs required to administer the program, we have introduced certification and re-certification fees for Living Wage Employers. Read our blog post to find out more about this decision. 

Type of organisation Number of Staff in BC Price of Certification
For profit 0-50 $200
51-250 $400
251-999 $800
1000+ $1000
Non Profit/Public Bodies 0-50 $100
51-250 $200
251-999 $400
1000+ $500

There will also be an additional charge for employers wanting to receive a Living Wage plaque.

Got a question? 

Get in touch! Call us - 236-979-6062 or email [email protected]