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 that for millions of Canadians, and employers in about 30 cities are set to do just that.
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 more about what has been going on with this project for 2013-2014.
Living Wage Fraser Valley is now an established, multi-sectoral group who partners with Living Wage for Families to deliver an employer recognition program. Read more about what has been going on with this project for 2013-2014.
The Banking on Youth project has just completed it's 2nd cycle, with a total of 163 local youth now trained in Financial Literacy. Read more about what has been going on with this project for 2013-2014.
$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.