$17.02 is the 2014 Fraser Valley Living Wage - the hourly wage that two working parents with young children must earn to cover the real costs of raising a family. Up 65 cents (4%) since 2012, families must now spend $156 more each month to make ends meet.
The Abbotsford Harvest Box tackles food insecurity in Abbotsford by making fresh, healthy foods more affordable, cutting down on costs of living, and leaving residents with a greater proportion of their disposable incomes to spend on other essentials.
Today Living Wage Fraser Valley recognized Vancity as the Fraser Valley's first Living Wage employer! Vancity employees can afford to be active citizens in their community, without relying on income subsidies.
For families with young children, the costs of basic necessities like food, rent and childcare quickly add up. Even with full-time work year round, both parents in a family of four must earn at least $16.37 to escape severe financial stress in the Fraser Valley. This new report shows the real costs of raising a family in the Fraser Valley.
Sixty-one local youth completed Financial Literacy sessions as part of Vibrant Abbotsford's Banking on Youth initiative. Youth gained knowledge, skills and confidence and became better equipped to make positive financial choices that could prevent them from falling into poverty. Many participants were inspired to make positive behaviour changes including setting money goals, developing budgets, reducing banking fees and making plans to pay off debt.
Abbotsford youth collaborated with Reel Youth to create a video to raise awareness of poverty in our community. A team of local youth collaborated with Reel Youth to create a video that raises awareness of poverty in our community. The helps shift attitudes and build compassion for youth living in poverty and stimulates public interest in poverty reduction efforts.