On Monday the Vancouver Park Board will be meeting to look at all requirements to become certified as a Living Wage Employer.
Chair Michael Wiebe says most staff are already making the living wage rate of $20.64, but now the city of Vancouver will make an application and the park board will make sure all staff will be following it.
“And then we’ll be making sure as a certified living wage employer that when we do our major contracts, that everyone working for those will be making the same wage.”
“So there’s some stipulations in the report brought back to staff, there’s a few third parties that will not be included initially, but for the most part, all staff and all large major contracts will all have to make sure that everyone that they employ as well will be making at least a 20.64.”
Wiebe says it’s important to the park board to be considered a Living Wage Employer so they can pay their employees an affordable wage.
“This is an expensive city to live in and it’s really hard for some of my staff to make it work, to make ends meet, so this $20.64 means that people can live a comfortable life and to be able to afford to live in the city of Vancouver.”
He says he’s lost employees because the cost of living in Vancouver is too expensive for them and some move away.
“It is something that people just go ‘well I’m just gonna have to move to a different city that has a much cheaper rent and I can make a similar wage.'”
He says the money for the increased wage would come from future budgets.