The City of Port Coquitlam has acquired a new policy that will require all of its employees to earn a minimum of $20.68 per hour, by the end of the year.
“We are an equal opportunity employer, striving to promote diversity and equal opportunities in the workplace. At the present we have approximately 1600 active employees working in various capacities throughout the city.”
They are following in the footsteps of New Westminster, by implementing a living wage policy.
The calculation to determine the average living cost is determined by looking at what it takes for two working parents to meet the basic needs of a four-person household in Metro Vancouver.
BC currently has the lowest minimum wage in all of Canada—coming in at $10.45 an hour.
A lot of city workers already make well above $20 an hour, but the new living wage policy will benefit the contractors who do not quite make that.
The City of Vancouver might be next to join the bandwagon—as they are currently looking into becoming a living wage employer as well.