Living Wage movement keeps on growing

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The movement to champion a living wage for all is reportingseveral new developments as awareness and support continues to grow.

At the Union of B.C. Municipalities’ annual conference inSeptember, First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition made apresentation to delegates on the Living Wage for Families Campaign.

The support of local government is welcomed by living wageadvocates. Officials in the Townshipof Esquimalt are now looking into thepossibility of adopting a living wage policy and the Town of View Royal may follow suit. This past spring,New Westminster became the first municipality inCanadato pass a living wage bylaw.

On another important front, School District #69 (Qualicum)on Vancouver Island recently passed a motion to support the Living Wage forFamilies Campaign and plans to investigate developing appropriate living wagepolicies in their community.

A Living Wage: One Path to Addressing Income and Poverty asDeterminants of Health” will be the topic of the first in a series ofinteractive webinars focused on the role citizens and northern B.C. communitiescan play in influencing health outcomes.

The online event will be on Thursday, November 4, from 1:30p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and will feature speakers from First Call, the CanadianCentre for Policy Alternatives and the University of NorthernB.C. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register call(250) 356-0876 or email: bchc@bchealthycommunities.ca.

HEU launched its Living Wage Campaign in 2007 and membersbegan building a movement that reached beyond the union and into manycommunities around the province. HEU now sits on the advisory committee forFirst Call’s Living Wage for Families Campaign.