Candian Centre for Policy Alternatives Reports on Livable Wage for Metro Vancouver and Victoria

September 30, 2008

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) has just released a living wage calculation that includes “basic expenses for a two-earner family with two young children (such as housing, childcare, food and transportation), and government taxes, credits, deductions and subsidies. It finds that each parent would need to work full-time at an hourly wage of $16.74 in Metro Vancouver and $16.39 in Greater Victoria in order to pay for necessities, support the healthy development of their children and participate in the social and civil life of their communities. Currently the minimum wage in BC is $8/hour, a rate that was established in 2001. Read full report here.