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Vancouver Airport Authority/L'Administration de l’aéroport de Vancouver is a certified Living Wage Employer, which means we are committed to paying our employees at or above the designated living wage for Metro Vancouver. Companies which provide direct contracted services to the Airport Authority in support of operations and maintenance, such as janitorial, landscaping and traffic management, are also required to pay a living wage to their employees at the airport.   

In 2022 YVR was certified as a Living Wage employer by Living Wage for Families BC, the organization that created and oversees the Living Wage program.  All 900 plus of the airport’s employees, represented by the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), are paid at or above the living wage. YVR and PSAC recently successfully negotiated a new four-year collective bargaining agreement ensuring continued support for the Living Wage program.  As YVR nears completion of our second year as a certified Living Wage Employer, we are working directly with Living Wage for Families BC to engage and encourage other organizations to join the program, which seeks to address working poverty and the challenges of disadvantaged groups. 

We are a vocal champion and supporter of Living Wage - not only is it the right thing to do for the community we serve, but it’s also the smart thing to do. Paying a living wage helps ensure no one is left behind in affording basic expenses, helps reduce financial stress, and provides greater opportunity to participate in enriching experiences in communities.  As an adopter of Living Wage, YVR is working to help inform other employers of the benefits and approach of this voluntary program.

How is the living wage determined?

The living wage is the hourly rate of pay that enables wage earners living in a household to:

• Feed, clothe and provide shelter for their family

• Promote healthy child development

• Participate in activities that are an ordinary element of life in the community

• Avoid the chronic stress of living in poverty.

This hourly rate is calculated every year by the Living Wage for Families BC, based on the living expenses of a family of four with two children aged 4 and 7, and both parents working full time (35 hours per week). The rate is comprised of their basic wage, extended health and dental benefits, sick pay, vacation pay, and taxable benefits such as transportation, education and child care.

To learn more about Living Wage for Families B.C. go to their website. For more information on our journey to becoming the first Living Wage Airport contact [email protected]

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