Ali's Story Ali Ryan is a Chef at Spinnakers BrewPub and Guesthouse. She joined Spinnakers in 2004 as a line cook, prepping food and plating dishes. 16 years later she manages a team of 18 people in the kitchen. Continue reading


Spotlight Great Northern Engineering Consultants Inc. (GNEC) is a Traffic and Electrical Engineering firm that put down roots in BC in 2013. By providing outstanding service and fostering a culture of curiosity, innovation, and true team spirit, the GNEC Team has grown exponentially.  Continue reading

2021 minimum wage increase

The new minimum wage is not a living wage Today (1 June 2021), the minimum wage for workers across the province increased.  While it is good news for workers that the minimum wage is being increased, it is still far less than what families in BC need to be able to make ends meet. Continue reading

“I initially thought it was a bad idea…..I was wrong"

Guest Blog: Steve Traviss, Port Coquitlam Steve Traviss is Director of Human Resources for the City of Port Coquitlam. He was the staff lead responsible for Port Coquitlam becoming a Living Wage Employer. In this blog he shares his journey to Port Coquitlam becoming a Living Wage municipality. Continue reading

Recruitment for new advisory and committee members

We are looking for people to help advise the campaign and certify new employers! The Living Wage for Families Campaign is looking for individuals to join our Advisory and Employers Committees. It is an exciting time for the campaign – we are certifying more Living Wage Employers than ever before. Continue reading

Vancouver Foundation

The Living Wage and non-profits: a funder's perspective The Vancouver Foundation is a community foundation that has a mission to create healthy, livable, vibrant communities across British Columbia. They’ve granted out more than $1 billion to non-profits and charities since they were founded in 1943. They have been a certified Living Wage Employer since 2015 and have helped fund the Living Wage for Families Campaign through their Systems Change grant   Continue reading


PWL Partnership The full-service landscape architecture and urban planning firm have a forty-year history of creating award-winning projects in Canada, and across North America and Asia. They have been a Living Wage Employer since 2017, committing to pay their 42 staff and contracted workers a Living Wage. Continue reading

Community Savings Credit Union

Guest Blog: Why we’re proud to support the Living Wage campaign Ed Sue is Marketing Manager for the Community Savings Credit Union. In this blog he shares why they are a Living Wage Employer.  Imagine having to choose between rent and groceries? Or between childcare support and paying off your utility bills? The choice seems impossible. Yet for working parents on minimum wage salaries in British Columbia, that is the choice they are faced with every day. Continue reading

Paid Sick Leave proposals

Living Wage for Families Response: The BC Government today announced 3 days of paid sick leave for workers ill with COVID-19 and have committed to introducing a long term paid sick leave scheme next year.  Continue reading

Open letter to Premier Horgan

Over 60 employers call on Premier Horgan to bring in paid sick leave Over 60 employers have signed an open letter to Premier Horgan, asking the BC government to take immediate action to ensure every worker in British Columbia has access to paid sick leave — during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Continue reading