Preparing for the Welfare Food Challenge

This year my partner Earyn and I decided to participate in the Welfare Food Challenge. Continue reading

The Living Wage and the Welfare Food Challenge

More than 170,000 people in BC struggle to make ends meet on welfare. Living wage campaign organizer Deanna Ogle, along with her partner Earyn Wheatley, explore the connections between the living wage, poverty, climate change, food security and welfare while participating in the 4th annual Welfare Food Challenge November 3 to 9, 2015. The two will only eat the food they can each buy with $21. Continue reading

Yoga Outreach transforms vulnerable lives

Yoga Outreach was founded in 1996 by yoga teachers who came together to share yoga in the BC Correctional System. Since then, it has expanded to serve a diverse range of facilities including addiction and mental health centres. Continue reading

City of Vancouver passes motion to become a Living Wage Employer

NEWS RELEASE July 8, 2015 VANCOUVER – The Living Wage for Families Campaign and the Metro Vancouver Alliance congratulate the City of Vancouver for its commitment to become a Living Wage Employer. Continue reading

The Living Wage for Families Campaign congratulates nine businesses as new certified Living Wage Employers

NEWS RELEASE July 3, 2015 VANCOUVER – Nine employers were certified as Living Wage Employers yesterday by the Living Wage for Families Campaign. “Eight of the nine certified employers have fewer than 50 employees,” observes Deanna Ogle, the campaign organizer with the Living Wage for Families Campaign. “This demonstrates the strong  commitment and contribution of small businesses to the economic health of local communities.” Continue reading

Living wage rises again in 2015; federal policies leave families struggling to cover basics

NEWS RELEASE April 29, 2015 VANCOUVER – A report released today finds that the wage needed to cover the costs of raising a family in Metro Vancouver is $20.68 per hour. Continue reading

Webinar: Calculating the living wage for local communities

The Living Wage for Families Campaign's first webinar was a huge success. On September 9, 2014, more than 60 people from across BC and Canada tuned in to learn how to calculate the annual living wage in their community. Continue reading

2014 new employers

New employers join the Living Wage for Families Campaign! We are delighted to welcome three new employers to the Living Wage for Families Campaign. Continue reading

Vancity recertifies as a Living Wage Employer

In 2011 Vancity embarked on a journey to become Canada’s largest Living Wage Employer. In June 2013, the credit union has moved one step closer with its recertification as a Living Wage Employer by the Living Wage for Families Campaign. Continue reading

Living wage momentum continues to grow in Canada

Over the past few years, communities across Canada have been working towards adopting living wage policies.  These communities identified the value of developing a Canadian Living Wage Framework which includes a consistent living wage definition, calculation methodology and strategy for recognizing corporate and community leadership who commit to pass a living wage policy.  Continue reading