New Westminster Puts Forth a motion for canada’s first ‘living wage’

On Tuesday New Westminster B.C. became Canada’s first municipality to pass a motion to enact a living wage.

The hourly wage, if adopted, would be paid to all full and part time employees who do work on city owned property, including independent contractors. It will be set at $16.74.

Currently B.C.’s minimum wage is $8 an hour, one of the lowest in Canada.

A living wage is defined as “enough to keep a family of two working adults and two children above the poverty line”.

For information please visit ACORN Canada or see the story in the Vancouver Sun.