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Making ends meet and working well
Goal 5: Making ends meet

Making ends meet and working well

Our goal: Adequate income and access to a broad range of healthy employment opportunities
LIVING WAGE
Living wage in Metro Vancouver

Income is a strong determinant of health and well-being. While Vancouver is a growing, thriving city, we also have high poverty rates, and many people struggle to make ends meet.

Making ends meet and working well means:

  • Ensuring that income is more evenly distributed, and
  • Ensuring healthy work environments and jobs

These steps benefit us as individuals, but they also benefit our families, our communities, our employers and the economy as a whole.

Our target: Reduce the city’s poverty rate by 75%, and an increase the median income by at least 3% every year

Progress we've made so far

Low income
Median income
Wages
Low income chart

How we measure change

We use a number of data sources to monitor trends in the health of the city. We monitor progress toward Making Ends Meet and Working Well using data from the federal census program, income tax returns, employment surveys and policy research.

2015-2018 Priority actions

Steps toward achieving this goal in the first four years of the Healthy City Strategy.

Initiatives helping us reach these goals and targets

Community grants

To help build strong communities in Vancouver, the City offers a range of grants funding for non-profit social groups and neighbourhood organizations.

Diversity in hiring

The City of Vancouver believes in recruiting and retaining a qualified workforce that reflects our diverse community.

Vancouver Economic Commission

The Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) strenghtens the city's economic future by attracting investment, supporting existing businesses, and making policy recommendations.

Healthy City Action Plan 2015 - 2018

See what we've got planned to help meet our goals. 

Download the plan  

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