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LOOKING BACK: New Westminster Adopts Living Wage Bylaw for Employees
New Westminster News Leader
Michael McQuillan

December 29, 2010
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The Royal City notched up one for the history books April 26 by becoming the first city in Canada to adopt a living wage bylaw.

The bylaw means both city employees and contract employees are paid at or above an hourly wage substantially higher than the current provincial minimum wage.

The term “living wage” is used to describe the minimum hourly wage necessary for a family of four with two parents working full-time to meet the necessities of life. In Metro Vancouver, it is calculated to be about $16.74 per hour.

Coun. Jaimie McEvoy, who introduced the motion, said it was important because B.C. has the highest cost of living and the lowest minimum wage in the country.