Living Wages in BC
Living Wage for Families BC works with communities across BC to calculate their local living wage.
The living wage is the hourly amount that each of two working parents with two young children must earn to meet their basic expenses (including rent, child care, food and transportation) once government taxes, credits, deductions and subsidies are taken into account. It does not include debt repayment or savings for future plans.
In a province as diverse as BC, communities differ when it comes to their cost of living. For example, while some communities may have lower housing or child care costs, others may have lower-cost public transit or easier access to goods and services.
No matter where they live, families should be able to afford a decent life. There are jobs that need to be done in every community, and therefore people need homes, services, and a good quality of life in every community. A regional calculation allows communities to identify policy advocacy that would address poverty in their community.
The Living Wage is calculated in partnership with CCPA-BC and published in their annual report "Working for a Living Wage: making paid work meet basic family needs"
The Living Wage for communities in BC
Columbia Valley $21.85
Comox Valley $20.26
Cowichan Valley $23.53
Dawson Creek $20.53
Fraser Valley $18.98
Grand Forks $20.05
Greater Victoria $24.29
Haida Gwaii $25.87
Powell River $23.33
Prince George $21.19
Prince Rupert $22.69
Living Wages in Canada
More and more communities across Canada are taking action in response to this country’s increasingly high levels of low-wage poverty. Why? They want everyone to afford the basic necessities of life, to live with dignity and to actively participate in their community – they want a living wage.
Living Wage Canada supports this national living-wage movement through facilitated learning and information-sharing. The site’s Canadian Living Wage Framework provides a consistent living wage definition and calculation methodology, and a strategy for recognizing corporate and community leadership who commit to passing a living wage policy.