Living Wage Increases in B.C.

The living wage is more than just a financial benchmark; it is a commitment to ensuring that paid work guarantees a decent standard of living and allows for participation in social, civic, and cultural activities.

November 9, 2023

Hakai Energy Solutions has been a proud certified living wage employer since 2020.

Over the past few years, the Living Wage has increased dramatically, as rents have skyrocketed and the cost of groceries has soared across the province. Although there are public initiatives that have helped reduce childcare fees and provided some small financial support for low wage workers, the savings are nullified by the surging cost of food and rent. The living wage is how much a worker needs to earn to pay for basic essentials like food and rent, along with the ability to have an active and fulfilling family and personal life. However, it is calculated using a basic budget that does not include paying off debt, savings for the future or the cost of caring for a loved one. Families across BC have to make hard choices like this on a daily basis. When you earn the Living Wage, you don’t have to make these tough choices and can focus on what really matters to you.

Nearly 400 Living Wage employers – Hakai Energy Solutions is amongst them. Many BC employers, including small businesses, non-profit organizations, unions, and cooperatives, have become certified Living Wage Employers and are committed to paying a living wage to their employees. Over 2500 workers in BC got a pay increase this year because of their employer’s commitment to paying a Living Wage. Employer-paid benefits, such as extended health and dental coverage, subsidized transit passes, paid sick time, and vacation, can reduce the hourly rate needed to meet family expenses.