2. How is the 2019 living wage different from previous years?

The 2019 living wage follows the same methodology as has been used for the past 11 years. However, new this year are two provincial government investments into child care that offset increases in all other family expenses: the Affordable Child Care Benefit, and the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative. Many more families are eligible for the Affordable Child Care Benefit, which was introduced in September of 2018, than qualified for the previous child care subsidy it replaced. The benefit is worth over $7,000 per year for the Revelstoke living wage family. The benefit is also paid to child care providers, in addition to parents, which further reduces out-of-pocket expenses for parents. The Fee Reduction Initiative was active for 8 months of the living wage calculation in 2018, whereas in 2019 it applies for the full year and saves families $1200 annually.

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1. 1. What are the living wages in BC?
2. 2. How is the 2019 living wage different from previous years?
3. 3. Why are the 2019 living wages lower?
4. 4. Are all families with children benefitting from these new child care investments?
5. 5. Why do you calculate for a family of four/ What about other family types?
6. 6. What about housing expenses?
7. 7. What should employers pay this year?
8. 8. What is the living wage/ How is the living wage calculated?
9. 9. Why is the living wage calculated every year?
10. 10. Why does the living wage vary across the province?
11. 11. How does the living wage compare to the minimum wage?
12. 12. Should the living wage become the minimum wage?
13. 13. Does this relate to the provincial government’s new legislation on employment standards?