Pacific Community Resources Society certified as the Fraser Valley’s fourth Living Wage employer

Published on January 6th, 2016


Monday December 21st, 2015

(Abbotsford) Pacific Community Resources Society (PCRS) has been recognized by Living Wage Fraser Valley this week as a certified Fraser Valley Living Wage Employer. 

Pacific Community Resources Society

The certification recognizes PCRS’ resource centre, the Chilliwack Health & Housing Centre, which provides services such as Chilliwack Addiction & Prevention Services, the HIV/HCV Prevention Program, and Learning 2 Lead, a leadership and resiliency program for youth. 

In 2010, PCRS was one of the first employers in Metro Vancouver to adopt the living wage, advocating that paying a living wage serves as a strategic solution to BC’s rising poverty rate. This week, they have been recognized as the fourth certified Living Wage employer in the Fraser Valley. 

PCRS’ vision is ‘Everyone thriving in strong, healthy communities’. To achieve this, Steven Esau, Manager of the Addictions Programs and the Chilliwack Health and Housing Centre, notes that “providing a living wage to staff is one of many essential steps towards preventing homelessness, while sending a message to employees/future employees that they matter”. 

Employers are certified by the Living Wage for Families Campaign when they pay all direct and third party contracted staff a living wage. The living wage is the amount a family of four, with two parents working full time, need to earn to meet their expenses. The living wage in the Fraser Valley is $17.27/hour.

Living Wage is important for families to be able to meet basic needs, create safe home environments for themselves and their children, maintain decent standards of living, and participate as equal members of society. Benefits extend to employers through higher employee loyalty and productivity, as well as decreased turnover and training and hiring costs.

Local businesses interested in learning more about Living Wage and the certification process can contact Alison Homer at 751-4222 or

Pacific Community Resources Society (PCRS) is an award winning, accredited, not-for-profit society providing quality social services in the Lower Mainland since 1984. We partner with individuals, businesses, other agencies, and governments to achieve our mission, and provide a range of services, including education programs, employment, housing, and addiction counselling and prevention programs for youth, adults and families from a variety of backgrounds and orientations.

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