Victoria's First Living Wage Bakery
Bikery Baked Goods is the first bakery in Victoria to become a certified Living Wage Employer. It has committed to pay its staff and contracted workers a Living Wage.
The living wage is the hourly amount a family needs to cover basic expenses. The calculation is based on a two-parent family with two children – the most common family unit in BC – with each parent working full-time. The Living Wage for Greater Victoria is $20.46 an hour.
"The Bikery has always made a considerable effort to put our employees first, and with the cost of living being what it is, becoming a certified living wage employer helps ensure that we are held accountable in taking care of our hard working staff and helping them meet their needs. No one should have to choose between work or taking care of their mental health, and with this initiative, we can help ensure it never has to come to that." Markus Spodzieja, Bikery Baked Goods
The Bikery is Victoria's only kosher bakery, specializing in pretzels, bagels, challah, pita, and other baked goods. They operate on a pickup and delivery model to get their offerings to their customers, wherever they may be.
Most children growing up in poverty in BC live with at least one adult working full-time, full-year. In other words, child poverty in BC is very much a low-wage story. For most of the past decade, BC’s child-poverty rate has remained at one in five children living in poverty.
“We’re delighted that The Bikery has become a Living Wage Employer. We hope it encourages other employers to rise to the occasion and join the Living Wage movement. Paying a living wage is good for workers, employers and the local community” said Anastasia French, Living Wage for Families BC
Over the past two years, the number of Living Wage Employers in BC has more than doubled – there are now nearly 400 Living Wage Employers in BC.
Employers have found paying a living wage to be a key tool in their post-Covid economic recovery. 97% of Living Wage Employers in BC have found some benefit to being part of the program.
Certifying as a Living Wage Employer is a voluntary commitment employers make to invest in their communities and local economies.