A number is never just a number -- minimum vs. living wage

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• $8.75
Minimum hourly wage in B.C. Lowest in Canada, but scheduled to rise to $10.25 in May 2012. (Source)

• $18.81
Hourly pay needed to make a living family wage in Vancouver. (Source)

• 25
Percentage of couples with children in Greater Vancouver who earn less than the living wage income. (Source)

• Three
Number of financial institutions in Canada that pay a living wage: VanCity Credit Union, Community Savings Credit Union and CCEC Credit Union. (Source)

• One
Number of municipalities in Canada to adopt a living wage policy for all city staff: New Westminster, B.C. Other municipalities are considering following suit. (Source)

• $11
Minimum hourly wage in Nunavut. The highest in Canada. (Source)

• $10.25
Ontario's minimum hourly wage. The second highest in Canada. (Source)

• $16.60
Hourly wage needed in 2008 for couples with two young children living in the Greater Toronto Area to earn a living wage. (Source)

• 140
Number of municipal living wage policy/bylaws passed in the U.S. since 1994. (Source)

• One
Number of Olympic games committed to pay a living wage: the London Olympics 2012. (Source)

• One
Number of provinces or territories that index minimum wage to inflation every year: Yukon, for the city of Whitehorse. (Source)

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternative's Trish Hennessy has long been a fan of Harper Magazine's one-page list of eye-popping statistics, Harper's Index. Instead of wishing for a Canadian version to magically appear, she's created her own index -- a monthly listing of numbers about Canada and its place in the world. Hennessy's Index -- A number is never just a number -- comes out on the first of each month.

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