Certified as a living wage employer by the Living Wage for Families Campaign
The City, Park Board, and Vancouver Police Department have taken steps to reduce inequity by becoming living wage employers. Adopting a living wage policy demonstrates the City's commitment to support healthy, thriving communities, and help individuals and families make ends meet.
As a certified living wage employer, we are committed to paying direct employees and contracted services employees a living wage.
The living wage rate is calculated annually by the Living Wage for Families Campaign (LWFC) External website, opens in new tab and is based on regional cost of living.
Vancouver is the largest City in Canada to commit to a living wage.
The Women's Summer Fair and Flee Market ensures vocational and income generating opportunities for women residents in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside
The Downtown Eastside Women's Centre's Women's Summer Fair and Flee Market was an opportunity for women in the community to engage in street based economies within a safe, respectful environment.
This project ensured vocational and income generating opportunities for women residents in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, as well as being a model for re-distributing and repurposing goods and materials that would be otherwise destines for the landfill.
As part of the project, the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre worked to engage other Women's organizations including, Battered Women's Support Services, Atira, and WISH in providing specific training for women. Pacific Association of First Nations Women provided connection to facilitators to assist in teaching vendors crafting skills to make items to sell at the market. The UBC Medicine Collective partnered with The Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre to provide a series of workshops to vendors including Indigenous traditional salve making, tea harvesting and making, traditional oil making. These items were sold at the market.
The Women’s Summer Fair and Flee Market included over 130 participants, 43 of whom were vendors, and 90 women were either employed by the market, volunteered or took part skills development and employment training. Nearly 5000 hours of training were held with peer workers, vendors, volunteers, and skills-development participants.
New economic strategy for the Downtown Eastside aims to harness employment opportunities and reduce poverty
City staff and the Exchange Inner City Committee, which is made up of 35 community groups, businesses, and other local stakeholders, have created a strategy that seeks to improve the lives of low income residents.
The strategy aims to strengthen and support areas of activity such as 501 Powell Street, purchased by us in 2015. The site now provides a permanent space for the Downtown Eastside Street Market and will provide future social housing.
Council approved funding of $353,500 for 13 key initiatives and 22 actions that will lay a foundation for longer-term development and continued expansion of the strategy.
Learn more about the projects