The Comox Valley Social Planning Society has been collaborating with Living Wage of Families (http://www.livingwageforfamilies.ca ) since 2017 to calculate the Living Wage for Families for the Comox Valley and have advocated to local governments and local businesses to consider paying a living wage.
The living wage is a regional calculation that looks at the amount that a family of four, two adults working full year, full time, need to earn to meet their expenses. The living wage allows working families to support the healthy development of their children and participate in the social, civic and cultural lives of their communities. For 2019 the living wage in the Comox Valley was calculated at $15.97 per hour. Due to Covid-19, the Living Wage Campaign was frozen at the 2019 rate for 2020. The Social Planning Society looks forward to participating once again in November 2021 along with many other communities across BC.
We encourage employers in the Comox Valley to become Living Wage employers. A guide to becoming a living wage employer and other resources can be found here.