Living Wage for Local Governments: Webinar Resources Online

Local governments can certify as Living Wage Employers, and in a webinar held in May 2019, the Living Wage for Families Campaign outlined how. The slides from the webinar are now online. Continue reading

Budget 2020

Budget 2020: Living Wage for Families Campaign Submission The BC government held its public consultation for the 2020 Budget in June this year. The Living Wage for Families Campaign has eight recommendations, focused in three areas: higher wages and income supports that meet the cost of living, expanded affordable child care, and more investment in high-expense areas for all family types including those without children.  Continue reading

Living Wage Submission to the BC Fair Wages Commission

The provincial government's Fair Wages Commission is consulting the public on how to reduce the gap between the minimum wage and a living wage in BC. The Living Wage for Families Campaign is making 14 recommendations in this consultation. Submissions are accepted until June 28, 2019. Continue reading

Living Wage for Local Governments: Webinar May 16

If you work for or represent a local government, join our webinar on May 16 to learn about how local governments can become Living Wage Employers! Continue reading

2019 Living Wages Released

BC's child care investments have major impact Living wage calculations for communities across BC decreased significantly this year, according to a new report released today from the Living Wage for Families Campaign. Even though costs are increasing steeply for rent and other basic necessities, the cost of living for families with children is lower in 2019 thanks to the provincial government’s new child care policies. Continue reading

Video: Living Wage at the 2019 High Ground Conference

In March 2019, Campaign Organizer Halena Seiferling gave a Pecha Kucha-style presentation to attendees of the Columbia Institute's 2019 High Ground Conference. The video is now online! Continue reading

Living Wage Submission to Employment Standards Consultation

Until March 31, the provincial government is seeking feedback about employment standards. The consultation focuses on six areas: increasing protection of child workers, transforming the Employment Standards Branch, supporting families through difficult times with job-protected leaves of absence, strengthening workers’ ability to recover wages/monies owed, clarifying hours of work and overtime standards, and improving fairness for terminated workers. Continue reading

Poverty Reduction Strategy

BC Releases Poverty Reduction Strategy On March 18, 2019, the BC government unveiled its Poverty Reduction Strategy, which aims to reduce overall poverty by 25 per cent and cut child poverty in half by 2024. Continue reading

Basic Income Consultation

Living Wage Submission to Basic Income Consultation The provincial government is seeking public input about basic income in BC. The Living Wage for Families Campaign sent a submission recommending that any possible basic income program comprise only one part of an accountable, bold, and comprehensive poverty reduction plan for the province. Continue reading

BC Budget 2019

BC Budget 2019: Improvements for BC Families On February 19, the provincial government released its 2019 Budget. The Budget includes several measures which would help BC families, most notably the new BC Child Opportunity Benefit, but more could be done to better help workers and those receiving government supports.  Continue reading