Working for a Living Wage Her M e ak
6 November 2023
The opinions and recommendations in this report, and any errors, are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the publishers and the funders of this report. [...] With a living wage that reflects the actual cost of living in a particular community, workers are able to afford the necessities, support the healthy development of their children, escape severe financial stress, and participate in the social, civic and cultural lives of their communities. [...] What’s in a living wage? CALCULATING THE Across BC, the living wage is the hourly rate that each of two parents working full-time needs LIVING WAGE to earn in order to support a family of four in their community. [...] The Metro Vancouver living wage family’s income is above the without the extra eligibility threshold for the federal GST Credit enhancement (the so-called “grocery rebate”) income from but the family benefited from the one-off top-ups to the BC Family Benefit and the BC Climate Action Tax Credit, receiving an extra $1,035 in the first half of 2023. [...] With a living wage that reflects the actual cost of living in a particular community, workers can afford the necessities and also have the resources and time to participate in the social, civic and cultural activities that enrich our communities.