The Living Wage for Families Campaign encourages employers to pay a living wage as well as advocates for government policies that would help families make ends meet. The living wage is a regional calculation that looks at the amount that a family of four needs to earn to meet their expenses and includes costs like rent and groceries as well as items like extended health care and two weeks' savings for each adult. The Living Wage for Families Campaign partners with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives to calculate the Living Wage for Metro Vancouver and certifies Living Wage Employers across BC.
Vancity and the Vancity Community Foundation have been key partners in advancing the work of the Living Wage for Families Campaign. The Vancity Community Foundation, through hosting our work, provides a stable foundation for our policy advocacy on solutions to low wage work. Vancity’s willingness to share their own journey in certifying as a Living Wage Employer has been key to supporting other large employers join the Living Wage for Families Campaign. Together we are making a difference on the issue of working poverty.