LOW-WAGE FAMILY POVERTY

  • In 2010, 43% of poor children in BC (41,300 children) lived in families with at least one adult working full-time, full-year, and many others lived in families with at least some income from part- time or part-year employment.
  • A living wage is calculated based on what a family needs to earn in order to meet their basic living expenses.
  • The provincial government has a responsibility to avoid contributing to the problem of low wage poverty by paying their employees and contractors a living wage.
  • The current minimum wage of $10.25 an hour would still leave full-time, full-year workers living on their own about $3,000 below the poverty line for a large city. A parent with dependents would have to earn much more than the minimum wage to be above the poverty line.

Q: If elected, will your party establish and implement a pilot Living Wage Policy in a relevant provincial government ministry or agency as is called for by the Living Wage for Families Campaign? 

Q: If elected, will your party continue raising the minimum wage to make sure that a single person working full-time, full-year reaches the poverty line? 

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