The City of Quesnel has joined only one other community in Canada. It has achieved “Living Wage” status.
“What a living wage does, over and above minimum wage or fair wage, says ‘What does it take for a family of four with two full-time income earners to not only be able to put a roof over their heads and food on the table, but to also have some disposable income to be able to participate in your community?’,” explains Mayor Bob Simpson.
That figure for North Central BC, including Prince George, is $16.52.
Simpson says, when someone has a bit extra to spend, it benefits an entire community; people go to restaurant, movies and so on when they have some extra money.
The hope is the corporation will lead by example in inspiring other businesses to make the same commitment.
“Could we get more employers to get the “Living Wage” designation, to begin telling a story that we have a community that does pay a rate that allows people to live in our community and enjoy our community,” says Simpson. “So seeking the designation is one thing, beginning the conversation and then moving a community down that continuum is whole other thing.”