CCPA-BC has just published Working for a Living Wage 2011, which shows that the living wage for Vancouver in 2011 is $18.81 an hour, up from $18.17 last year, and far higher than the $10.25 minimum wage planned for next year. A living wage enables families to pay for necessities, support the healthy development of their children and participate in the social and civil life of their communities. The living wage differs for each community, and is based on the real costs of raising a family. The living wage calculation includes basic expenses (such as housing, child care, food and transportation) for a two-earner family with two young children, as well as government taxes, credits, deductions and subsidies. Read the report and download a calculation guide for your community.