The City of Vancouver is on its way to being a 'living wage employer'.

A motion introduced by Mayor Robertson to make the City of Vancouver a Living Wage Employer was debated July 8 at the Standing Committee on City Finance and Services and passed unanimously.  This means that direct employees and employees of companies that have city contracts will have to be paid a minimum of $20.68 when this new policy is enacted.  Currently City of Vancouver staff are developing the plan to implement this new rule.

Find out more about the people who organized this campaign at the Labour and community alliances working with the Living Wage for Families Campaign. There is still work to be done.  We need to put pressure on the provincial government to not clawback childcare and other subsidies for single parents who are getting a living wage, as Iglika Ivananova wrote for rabble.ca.

Do you think your city should do the same.  Read through the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives toolkit here and get in touch with livingwagecanada.ca to learn how to build a campaign and read about living wage employers.

$20.68 is the 2015 living wage rate for Metro Vancouver

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