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Living wage rises again in 2015: $17.27/hour required for Fraser Valley families to make ends meet

$17.27 is the wage required to cover the real costs of raising a family in the Fraser Valley. This is the 2015 Fraser Valley living wage, the hourly wage that two full-time working parents with two young children must earn to meet their basic expenses (in…
LIVING WAGE RISES AGAIN IN 2015: $17.27/HOUR REQUIRED FOR FRASER VALLEY FAMILIES TO MAKE ENDS MEET  (Abbotsford) $17.27 is the wage required to cover the real costs of raising … http://vibrantabbotsford.ca/blog/living-wage-rises-again-2015-1727hour-required-fraser-valley-families-make-ends-meet/

Living Wage Week brings together communities across Canada

Abbotsford residents make up some of the 1.8 million employed people across Canada who don’t earn enough at their jobs to pull themselves and their families above the poverty line. These are the working poor. Paying employees a living wage can change tha…
Living Wage Week brings together communities across Canada Abbotsford residents make up some of the 1.8 million employed people across Canada who don’t earn enough at their… http://vibrantabbotsford.ca/blog/living-wage-week-brings-together-communities-across-canada/

Harvest Box and Bulk Buying Club Project Update

In the last year, Abbotsford Harvest Box and Bulk Buying Club took 1,498 orders for a total of 2195 Harvest Boxes (about 72 people per order period). Clients saved 38% of their costs on produce, with total savings to all participants being $10,821. Read m…
Abbotsford Harvest Box and Bulk Buying Club Abbotsford Harvest Box and Bulk Buying Club tackles local food insecurity by making healthy food more affordable and accessible … http://vibrantabbotsford.ca/blog/harvest-box-and-bulk-buying-club-project-update/

Vancity recognized as the Fraser Valley's first Living Wage employer

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.
Vancity was recognized today as Fraser Valley's first Living Wage employer at a ceremony held at Vancity's Chilliwack branch. The event coincided with Vancity's recertification … http://vibrantabbotsford.ca/blog/vancity-recognized-fraser-valleys-first-living-wage-employer/

Living Wage Fraser Valley - 2013 Update

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 …
LIVING WAGE CALCULATION SHOWS THE REAL COSTS OF RAISING A FAMILY IN THE FRASER VALLEY ABBOTSFORD, B.C., May 2nd, 2013 – For families with young children, the costs of basic… http://vibrantabbotsford.ca/blog/living-wage-fraser-valley-2013-update/

Free Yourself: Youth Filmmaking Weekend

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 attitu…
Vibrant Abbotsford organized for five local youth to collaborate with Reel Youth over a weekend of filmmaking to create a video that raises awareness of poverty in our communi… http://vibrantabbotsford.ca/blog/free-yourself-youth-filmmaking-weekend/

Banking on Youth

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 fr…
 Vibrant Abbotsford’s Banking on Youth project is now complete with 61 youth having participated in 14 Financial Literacy sessions. Participants gained knowledge, skills and c… http://vibrantabbotsford.ca/blog/banking-youth/

Top Abbotsford Employer

Prospera Credit Union is Vibrant Abbotsford’s inaugural Top Abbotsford Employer Award recipient! Treating employees well benefits employers through increased staff retention and reduced advertising, hiring and training costs.
ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – Vibrant Abbotsford is hosting the launch of their Top Abbotsford Employers recognition program on Feb 28 from 8:30 am to 10:00 am at 35190 Delair Road, Cascad… http://vibrantabbotsford.ca/blog/top-abbotsford-employer/

Employer practices

Employees earning less than a Living Wage and their employers were surveyed on topics such as familiarity with the Living Wage, employment satisfaction and hiring practices.
Overview For this study, 10 employees were surveyed on topics such as employment satisfaction from a variety of backgrounds including general office work, retail, personal fitnes… http://vibrantabbotsford.ca/blog/employer-practices/

Neighbourhood Action Grants

Vibrant Abbotsford funded community projects focused on poverty reduction, neighbourhood safety, social and cultural diversity, affordable recreation, and team building.
ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – Vibrant Abbotsford has introduced their Neighbourhood Action Grants with an aim to build civic participation and local leadership by helping Abbotsford resi… http://vibrantabbotsford.ca/blog/neighbourhood-action-grants/

Abbotsford Connect

Abbotsford Connect is an annual event that provides services to people sleeping rough, staying with friends, living on the edge, or who just can’t make ends meet. The 2010 event reached over 215 guests and 27 service agencies took part.
Abbotsford Connect 2010 reached approximately 215 guests that filled out paperwork, and probably more that did not. Twenty-seven service agencies took part in this event, in a… http://vibrantabbotsford.ca/blog/abbotsford-connect/

Harm Reduction

Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies that reduce the negative consequences of drug use, incorporating a spectrum of strategies from safer use, to managed use, to abstinence. Harm reduction strategies meet drug users "where they're at," addressi…
Excerpts from Vibrant Abbotsford's Harm Reduction: Theory and Practice; Barriers and Benefits Principles of Harm Reduction Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies tha… http://vibrantabbotsford.ca/blog/harm-reduction/

100 Conversations: How does poverty affect you?

100 conversations were undertaken with randomly selected Abbotsfordians (at the bus loop, and a local shopping centre) to gather input on what poverty means to people, what they feel causes it, and what might be done to improve the situation. The results …
Overview 100 conversations were undertaken with randomly selected Abbotsfordians (at the bus loop, and a local shopping centre) to gather input on what poverty means to people, w… http://vibrantabbotsford.ca/blog/100-conversations-how-does-poverty-affect-you/

Myths and Truths about Poverty in Abbotsford

Explore common myths about the standard of living in Abbotsford and shed some light on the poverty in our midst. This rich booklet highlights poverty myths as they relate to Canada in general and Abbotsford in particular.
Excerpts from Vibrant Abbotsford's Myths and Truths about Poverty in Abbotsford Overview Abbotsford has experienced tremendous growth in recent years. The population expand… http://vibrantabbotsford.ca/blog/myths-and-truths-about-poverty-abbotsford/

Creating Election Excitement

Hosting a conversation café in Abbotsford around the topic of poverty provided a great opportunity for focused discussion among citizens and provincial candidates. Organizers learned a great deal about residents’ views on poverty while also recognizing a …
Excerpts from Vibrant Abbotsford's Creating Election Excitement: All-Candidates Poverty Forum in Abbotsford Challenge Finding ways to reignite passion and interest in electio… http://vibrantabbotsford.ca/blog/creating-election-excitement/

Neighbourhoods Project Report

The Neighbourhoods Project gathered information about issues surrounding rural and urban perceptions of poverty in Abbotsford. The project led to conversations with immigrant and migrant farm workers and members of Abbotsford’s Indo-Canadian community – a…
Excerpts from Vibrant Abbotsford's The Neighbourhoods Project: Vibrant Abbotsford Talks about Poverty Challenge Abbotsford, BC, is described as “the city in the country.” Split … http://vibrantabbotsford.ca/blog/neighbourhoods-project-report/

Economic, Social and Civic Opportunities for All

Vibrant Abbotsford is a group of diverse community partners working together to generate long-lasting solutions that prevent and reduce poverty in Abbotsford, BC. To create conditions for reducing poverty in Abbotsford, we present low income residents wit…
Excerpts from Vibrant Abbotsford's Economic, Social and Civic Opportunities for All Introduction Abbotsford, BC, is now the province’s fifth largest city with a population of mo… http://vibrantabbotsford.ca/blog/economic-social-and-civic-opportunities-all/

Abbotsford Community Poverty Profile

Abbotsford faces unique challenges and opportunities in poverty reduction including rapid growth, a rural/urban dichotomy, a young population and an ethnically diverse community.
Excerpts from Vibrant Abbotsford's The Abbotsford Community - A Poverty Profile Overview Located in British Columbia's Fraser Valley, Abbotsford faces unique challenges and op… http://vibrantabbotsford.ca/blog/abbot/