A new report titled Working for a Living Wage 2015: Making Paid Work Meet Basic Family Needs in Metro Vancouver issued by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ BC office, First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition and the Metro Vancouver Living Wage for Families Campaign has set Metro Vancouver’s Living Wage at $20.68 per hour, increasing it by 58 cents from the 2014 figure of $20.10/hour.
Deanna Ogle, the campaign organizer with the Living Wage for Families Campaign, said the report confirms a downward trend in affordability felt by many in BC:
The Metro Vancouver living wage rate demonstrates what many families already know: costs are increasing at a rate much faster than any increases in wages.
Thanks to the combination of a low-wage economy and lack of government supports, many families are struggling to make ends meet.
The report was co-authored by Economist Iglika Ivanova, of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, who explained:
Though a $20.68 hourly living wage rate seems high to some, it is important to remember that this wage rate reflects, in part, a failure of public policy to ensure affordability and a decent quality of life for all families