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New living wage employer

Pacific Community Resources Society (PCRS) has been recognized by Living Wage Fraser Valley this week as a certified Fraser Valley Living Wage Employer.

The society becomes the fourth such certified employer in the area, along with Vancity, Mount Lehman Credit Union and Mission Community Skills Centre Society.

These employers advocate paying a “living wage,” the amount a family of four, with two parents working full-time, needs to earn to meet their expenses.

The living wage in the Fraser Valley is $17.27 an hour.

The certification recognizes the PCRS’ resource centre, the Chilliwack Health and Housing Centre, which provides services such as Chilliwack Addiction and Prevention Services, the HIV/HCV Prevention Program, and Learning 2 Lead, a leadership and resiliency program for youth.

Employers are certified by the Living Wage for Families Campaign when they pay all direct and third-party contracted staff a living wage.

Proponents say a living wage is important for families to be able to meet basic needs, create safe home environments for themselves and their children, maintain decent standards of living, and participate as equal members of society.

They say that benefits extend to employers through higher employee loyalty and productivity, as well as decreased turnover and training and hiring costs.

Local businesses interested in learning more about living wage and the certification process can contact Alison Homer at 604-751-4222 or alison@vibrantabbotsford.ca.

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