Living Wage Fraser Valley
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The Living Wage Fraser Valley campaign:
- advocates for government policies that would help families make ends meet
- raise awareness about the connections between poverty and low wages
- recruits and recognizes local employers who sign on to pay a living wage
A Living Wage is the hourly amount a family needs to cover basic expenses in the community they live. Living Wage provides a basic level of economic security, but still represents a conservative, bare bones budget.
The current living wage rate for the Fraser Valley is $17.40/hour, calculated based on the principle that people who work full time should not have to live in poverty. The living wage changes based on the costs in each region.
Living Wage Fraser Valley partners with Living Wage for Families to recalculate the wage on an annual basis
The living wage is calculated based on a two-parent family with two children and each parent working 52 weeks per year at 35 hours per week. The living wage is recalculated annually and includes basic expenses:
- Rental Housing
- Parent Education
- Healthcare (MSP and supplemental insurance)
The calculation does not cover additional expenses such as:
- Debt repayment
- Future savings for home ownership, children’s university education, or retirement
- Recreation, entertainment, or other such costs
- Costs of caring for a disabled, seriously ill, or elderly family member
Fraser Valley Certified Living Wage Employers
Interested in becoming a living wage employer? Find out more information for employers.