Victoria couples with kids must make $20.05 per hour each to get by

Victoria couples with kids must make $20.05 per hour each to get by

Comprehensive plan needed to help working poor: Victoria MP

Victoria couples with kids must make $20.05 per hour each to get by, report finds

A more comprehensive approach is needed to help the working poor and families, says Victoria MP Murray Rankin.

Speaking on the release of a new report on Victoria’s living wage, Rankin said new federal policies are needed, including a national universal child care program.

The report says that a Victoria couple raising two children in the city must both work full-time earning $20.05 an hour each to make ends meet.

The study, released last week, updates a 2014 calculation that placed the city’s living wage at $18.93, the hourly sum needed to meet local living expenses.

“A $20.05 hourly living wage rate may seem high to some, but it is important to remember that this wage rate reflects the real cost of living for families,” said the report’s author, Marika Albert.

According to the non-partisan Community Social Planning Council, increases in rent, child care, food and transportation in Victoria have made it harder for working adults to support their families.

Several reports in the last year have brought the unaffordability of living in the city to the forefront.

Rankin, who is the federal NDP’s health critic, said the reports reflect a failure of public policy to ensure affordability and a decent quality of life for all families in the region.

“Everyone of these reports brings to light the unaffordability issue, and we have to step up and do something about it,” Rankin said.

He suggests a four-prong approach dealing with wages, child care, housing and transportation.

“The reality is more complicated than just numbers around a salary,” he said. “If you can’t afford transit, you can’t afford housing, you can’t afford health care and it goes on from there.”

Breaking down the numbers, the report dubs child care at $1,256 a month, or $15,000 a year. Under the NDP child care plan, for example, the family would pay just $660 month.

Rankin said that is just one solution, but there are many more, but the questions just need to be asked.

“You have to look at these problems in a global way. You have to talk about the cost of living in a number of different ways,” he said.

“If we can just make it more affordable by dealing with these things than just going to a wage response would be necessary.

One in five children in B.C. is poor, and B.C. is the last province in Canada without a poverty reduction strategy, said Albert.

Living wage rates have also risen faster than inflation for the Fraser Valley and for Metro Vancouver, to $17.27 and $20.68 respectively.

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Esquimalt High School is one of six Greater Victoria schools that reported a COVID-19 exposure over the weekend. (Black Press Media file photo)
Six new Greater Victoria school exposures reported over weekend

Steady rise in school exposures since return from spring break

The District of North Saanich has issued a notice to remove this floating structure from the waters off Lillan Hoffar Park. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Boat owner ordered to vacate waters off North Saanich park

Couple have been living in floating structure off Lillian Hoffar Park for a number of years

Paramedic Matthew Schlatter of Victoria is living a fuller life today due to the double lung transplant he received in 2019. He encourages B.C. residents to register as an organ donor and let their families know their wishes. (Instagram/Matthew Schlatter)
Victoria man living a full, active life after double lung transplant

Matt Schlatter encourages people to register as an organ donor to help others live

Passengers in rows four to 10 onboard WestJet flight 449 from Calgary to Victoria April 6 were exposed to a case of COVID-19. (Black Press Media file photo)
Flight from Calgary to Victoria added to COVID-19 exposure list

Passengers onboard WestJet flight 449 April 6 affected

Victoria Police’s Explosive Disposal Unit came to Oak Bay April 10 to destroy a potentially dangrous explosive device that washed up on shore. (Oak Bay RCMP photo)
Washed-up explosive device destroyed by VicPD bomb squad

An Oak Bay resident called in the potentially dangerous debris

People take part in an anti-curfew protest in Montreal on Sunday April 11, 2021. Hundreds of people gathered in Old Montreal tonight in defiance of a new 8 p.m. curfew. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Giuseppe Valiante
VIDEO: Hundreds defy Montreal’s 8 p.m. curfew in violent, destructive protest

Quebec reported 1,535 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, as well as five additional deaths linked to the virus

Organ donation form from BC Transplant. (BC Transplant)
POLL: Have you registered as an organ donor?

They number 1.5 million strong and growing. But their numbers still fall… Continue reading

Anyone with information on any of these individuals is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit the website victoriacrimestoppers.ca for more information.
Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of April 6

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Photos of Vancouver Canucks players are pictured outside the closed box office of Rogers Arena in downtown Vancouver Thursday, April 8, 2021. The Vancouver Canucks say 25 players and coaches have tested positive during a COVID-19 outbreak that involves a variant of the virus. It is now the biggest reported outbreak in the NHL this season. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Canucks’ return to practice pushed back as player added to COVID protocol list

COVID outbreak has led to eight games being cancelled

People walk past the Olympic rings in Whistler, B.C., Friday, May 15, 2020. Whistler which is a travel destination for tourists around the world is seeing the effects of travel bans due to COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Adults living, working in Whistler, B.C., eligible for COVID-19 vaccine on Monday

The move comes as the province deals with a rush of COVID-19 and variant cases in the community

RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)
UPDATE: RCMP investigating after child, 6, dies at motel in Duncan, B.C.

The BC Coroners Service is conducting its own investigation into the circumstances around the child’s death

RCMP display some of the fish seized from three suspects who pleaded guilty to violating the Fisheries Act in 2019, in this undated handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - RCMP
3 banned from fishing, holding licences after overfishing violations near Vancouver Island

Mounties seized the group’s 30-foot fishing vessel and all equipment on board at the time

Most Read