Coalition says living wage in Parksville Qualicum Beach is $17.42

That number was determined by the District 69 Living Wage for Families Coalition

  • Nov. 20, 2014 10:00 a.m.

The living wage in Parksville Qualicum Beach is $17.42.

That number was determined by the District 69 Living Wage for Families Coalition.

According to a news release issued by the coalition, more than 1.8 million employed Canadians don’t earn enough at their jobs to pull themselves and their families above the poverty line: they are working and poor.

Paying employees a living wage can change that for millions of Canadians — and employers in 30 cities are set to do just that. Living wage initiatives are based on the premise that work should lift workers out of poverty. A living wage is the amount of money an employee at a job needs to earn to cover the cost of basic necessities and to adequately participate in community life.

Unlike provincially mandated minimum wages, living wages set an evidence-based standard that calculates the costs of living in communities based on a basket of goods and services. The coalition says minimum wage legislation simply does not come close to meeting the actual cost of living for individuals.

— Submitted by the Living Wage for Families Coalition