Budget 2021

Federal and Provincial Budgets and what they mean for working families in British Columbia This week’s federal and provincial budgets included some positive initiatives to help lower the cost of living for families in BC. However, there were several missed opportunities to better support low wage workers. Continue reading

17 new Living Wage Employers

We have certified another 17 Living Wage Employers across BC!  Over 600 direct employees, and countless contracted workers will now not need to worry about how they will pay rent and food for their families because their employer has guaranteed to pay them a Living Wage. The biggest difference will be for nearly 100 staff, who have received an immediate pay raise to bring them up to their local Living Wage rate.   Continue reading

Jenny

Jenny's Story Jenny lives with her husband and son on Vancouver Island. She previously had to work three jobs to ensure that she had enough money to make ends meet. She would sometimes go from one job to the next on the same day. Working three jobs impacted on her physical and mental health. Continue reading

Imperial Sign Corporation

First Living Wage sign maker in BC. Imperial Sign Corporation, based in Port Coquitlam, is the first sign maker in British Columbia to signify its commitment to ending working poverty, by paying all its staff and contracted workers a Living Wage Continue reading

Spinnakers

Spinnakers becomes the first Living Wage brewery and liquor store in BC Spinnakers Brewpub & GuestHouses and Spinnakers Spirit Merchants is the first employer in the brewery industry to commit to ending working poverty, by paying all its staff and contracted workers a Living Wage Continue reading

BCFB

BC Food and Beverage becomes a Living Wage Employer The BC Food and Beverage Association has committed to ending working poverty, by paying all its staff and contracted workers a Living Wage Continue reading

Modus

Spotlight: MODUS Planning, Design & Engagement MODUS Planning, Design & Engagement is a Vancouver-based consulting firm specializing in planning, urban design, and public engagement. They have been a certified Living Wage Employer since 2019. Continue reading

Themis

Themis Security becomes the first Living Wage security company in BC Themis Security, based in Victoria, is the first security company in BC to commit to ending working poverty, by paying all its staff and contracted workers a Living Wage. Continue reading

Ronan

Ronan's story "They look out for us around here" Ronan is 26 and lives in Victoria with his room-mate. He has been working for Pacifica Housing as a Support Worker, since August 2019, moving into fulltime work at the start of the year Continue reading

REACH

Spotlight: REACH Community Health Centre REACH Community Health Centre have been providing community-based health care for fifty years, and strive to be more than just a doctor or dentist's office. Continue reading