For families with young children, the costs of basic necessities like food, rent and child care quickly add up. Even with full-time work year round, both parents in a family of four must earn at least $19.14 to escape severe financial stress in Metro Vancouver.
This is the Metro Vancouver living wage rate for 2012, according to a report we released today with First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition, and the Metro Vancouver Living Wage for Families Campaign. This is the third annual update of the original Metro Vancouver living wage calculation published in 2008.
You can also use the calculation guide on the report page to calculate the living wage for your own community. If you do, we'd love to hear from you.