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Quesnel becomes second municipality in Canada to implement a living wage policy


The Living Wage for Families Campaign congratulates Quesnel on becoming the second municipality in Canada to implement a living wage policy. By adopting a living wage policy for its direct staff and contractors, the City of Quesnel is making it easier for working families to meet their expenses.

The living wage for the North Central Interior is $16.52/hr.

Mayor Bob Simpson said the city was especially concerned about seeing people as key investors in the local economy. “If people can barely afford to live where they work then they cannot participate fully in the local economy or be engaged in their community, either as participants or as volunteers.”

The Living Wage for Families Campaign is hosted by First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition.

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Listen to Bob Simpson, mayor of Quesnel, and Val Litwin, CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce, on municipalities adopting a living wage policy:

CBC Almanac: Sept. 7, 2016: Is BC ready for the living wage?

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