Trapped in the wage gap

Who earns less than the living wage in BC?
May 30, 2024
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Even with the June 1 minimum wage increase, one in three BC employees will earn less than their community’s living wage—over 740,000 people.

Far too many BC workers are trapped in the low wage gap, earning less than it costs to live in the province. Over 400,000 people earn less than $20 per hour, less than the lowest living wage calculated in any community.

Our analysis reveals large wage inequalities based on gender and race in BC’s labour market. Shockingly, half of the racialized women working in Metro Vancouver earn less than the region’s living wage.