- 2017 Living Wage for Greater Victoria is $20.01/hour
What is the Living Wage?
Living Wage for Families Campaign
Working Together, Let’s Make Life More Affordable in Greater Victoria!
Greater Victoria is becoming a region that is simply unaffordable for families raising children. Our future is not sustainable, so we all need to work together to drive changes that will allow families to thrive, and employers to attract and retain high-quality workers.
Social Planning is the process of understanding community needs and using socioeconomic indicators to support policy decisions that drive community well-being and prosperity. Through tools like the Living Wage, the Community Social Planning Council seeks to engage partners from all sectors to take action to reduce costs of living, increase incomes, and reduce poverty. Here are some of the actions that community partners can take to address affordability:
- Support the development of affordable housing options in neighbourhoods
- Begin to legalize secondary suites in all municipalities
- Improve accessibility and reduce costs of child care
- Explore solutions to reduce costs of transportation
- Support the implementation of Living Wage policies for your public-sector organization
- Create more opportunities for local suppliers through procurement practices.
- Look at wage scales to see how long a person must be employed before earning a wage required for an adequate quality of life. Consider how you can work with employees to sustain higher wages through training, productivity improvements and reductions in turnover.
- Besides pay increases, look for other ways to improve the quality of life of your lowest wage earners such as flexible work hours, subsidized bus passes, on the job training.
- Learn more about your staff’s housing and child care challenges and solutions.
- Demand the same integrity you aspire to from your suppliers and colleagues. Look beyond the lowest financial offer and consider how the firms you deal with treat their employees when awarding contracts.
- Consider ways you, your business partners, and your employees can work together to reduce costs of living related to child care, housing, food and transportation.
- Speak out to elected decision-makers and municipal officials in support of the development of affordable housing, transportation and child care options in your community.
- Consider your wage rates when hiring people for work around your home
- Shop with locally-owned businesses to promote a healthy local economy