What is a living wage?
Vancity is one of Canada’s largest Living Wage employers.
A Living Wage is the hourly rate required for two working parents to meet the basic needs of a family of four.
Currently, the minimum wage in BC is $10.45/hour, but the living wage in metro Vancouver is $20.64/hour.* This means that families who work for low wages often have to face impossible choices: buy food or heat the house, feed the children or pay the rent.
Paying a living wage allows individuals and families to meet their basic needs and contribute to their communities. A Living wage means strong local economies, sustainable cities and healthy communities.
A Living Wage: impacting employees and their communities
As a Living Wage Employer we are building wealth into the communities where we live and work. It’s one of the best local economic development strategies we can employ.
We are committed to meeting the annual Living Wage rate for our employees and our contracted suppliers.
Are you an employer? Want some help on your Living Wage journey?
We want to share what we learned with other employers—the more employers who join us in paying a Living Wage, the more we can impact our local communities.
Download our guide: Living Wage roadmap for large employers (PDF, 2.4MB)
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Vancity Living Wage milestones
A Living Wage tackles poverty
“More money in the hands of working families is an important way to solve family and child poverty.”
- Vancity meets the Vatican
CEO Tamara Vrooman speaks with the Pope about the Living Wage
- Vancity banks on values-based future
Vancity feature on our values
- Vancity becomes the largest organization in Canada to adopt living wage policy
Vancity news release
Learn more about the movement
- What is a Living Wage?
Video on youtube.com
- A Living Wage for Families
- Living Wage Canada
- How to calculate your own Living Wage
Online tool to test how close the way you now pay is to the Living Wage
*In 2016 the living wage rate declined from 20.68/hr to $20.64/hr as a result of a change in federal policy around childcare benefits. However, Vancity will continue to pay its employees and contracted suppliers at the 2015 rate of $20.68/hr.