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Vancouver, BC: RDCO released first Living Wage calculation report
AM1150 News
Hayley Cooper - Kelowna

July 19, 2011
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The Regional District of the Central Okanagan is making it easier for families to figure out if they can afford to live comfortably in the area.

The RDCO has released it's first Living Wage calculation report, determining what a family of four, two parents and two children between the ages of four and seven, requires to meet basic needs such as food, rent, child care, transportation and education.

Social Development Coordinator, Christene Walsh says research shows each parents need to earn $16.98/hour to make ends meet.

"A living wage is more than what the wage is, it's also what employers and community can do to help people have a better quality of life."

In comparison, a family of four in Kamloops needs to earn $17.27/hour to make ends meet...Vancouver...$18.81/hour and Victoria...$18.81/hour.