What is a living wage?


Families who work for low wages face impossible choices — buy food or heat the house, feed the children or pay the rent. The result can be spiraling debt, constant anxiety and long-term health problems. In many cases, it means that the adults in the family are working long hours, often at two or three jobs, just to pay for basic necessities. They have little time to spend with their family, much less to help their children with school work or participate in community activities.

Did you know:

  • B.C. has the highest child poverty rate in Canada?
  • The majority of B.C.’s poor children live in families with income from paid work, with more than 30 per cent having at least one adult working full-time?
  • Approximately 25 per cent of the couples with children in Greater Vancouver live below the Living Wage level?
  • 80 per cent of the factors that effect childhood development, as identified by the Chief Public Health Officer, improve as family income increases?

Paying families a living wage, so that they can pay for their basic living expenses, is the most just and effective way of addressing child poverty in B.C.