In case you missed it, the Living Wage for Families Campaign released the 2019 living wage calculations last week. The living wage for communities across BC decreased significantly this year. Even though costs are increasing steeply for rent and other basic necessities, the cost of living for many families with children is lower in 2019 thanks to the provincial government’s new child care policies.
The report, published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives BC office, First Call, and the Living Wage for Families Campaign, explains that the 2019 living wage for Metro Vancouver is $19.50 per hour, down from $20.91 in 2018. About 30 per cent of Metro Vancouver two-parent families with two children have annual incomes below the 2019 living wage according to the most recent Statistics Canada data available.