Living wage is the hourly rate that each of two parents working full-time needs to earn in order to support a family of four.
This is a 1.5% increase from last year. All of the 19 communities surveyed in British Columbia saw an increase this year.
Sean Ryan, the Nelson representative for the report said, “the past few years' living wage in BC has increased dramatically. Rents have skyrocketed and the cost of groceries have soared across the province.” He spoke to CJLY about this year's living wage report.
Ryan explained the two main reasons for the study. One is for the government to understand the gap between living wage and minimum wage. The other is to encourage employers to become living wage employers.
Minimum wage in BC is $16.75 per hour, the second highest rate in the country. This is below the living wage in all 19 communities surveyed.
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