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A recent report indicated that in order to make a living wage in Greater Victoria, you would have to make $20.46 an hour.

The report from Living Wages in BC calculated the rate based on the cost of essentials like food, rent, childcare and transportation and took into account taxes, credits, deductions and subsidies; it does not include debt repayment or savings for future plans.

Currently, the BC minimum wage is close to $4 less ($15.20) than the liveable wage which increased in June.

The report included liveable wages in other parts of Vancouver Island like Nanaimo ($16.33/hr) and Comox Valley ($16.44/hr).

The campaign did not calculate a living wage for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here were some of other BC community living wages:

  • Columbia Valley — $17.18
  • Comox Valley — $16.44
  • Fraser Valley — $16.75
  • Golden — $19.46
  • Grand Forks — $17.21
  • Kamloops — $16.71
  • Kelowna — $18.49
  • Metro Vancouver — $20.52
  • Nanaimo — $16.33
  • Nelson — $19.56
  • Penticton — $18.55
  • Revelstoke — $19.51
  • Trail — $18.15
  • Victoria — $20.46

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