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June 2011.   By Trish Hennesy

Hennessy’s Index is a monthly listing of numbers, written by the CCPA’s Trish Hennessy, about Canada and its place in the world. Scroll down for a PDF version.  For other months, visit:

The CCPA’s Trish Hennessy offers a glimmer of hope in her index this month.  Inspired by the CCPA-BC office’s campaign to get BC employers to pay their workers a living wage (as opposed to a minimum wage that keeps working people poor), this month’s Hennessy’s Index shows that the idea is catching on.


Minimum hourly wage in B.C. Lowest in Canada, but scheduled to rise to $10.25 in May 2012.


Hourly pay needed to make a living family wage in Vancouver.


Percentage of couples with children in Greater Vancouver who earn less than the living wage income.


Number of financial institutions in Canada that pay a living wage: VanCity Credit Union, Community Savings Credit Union and CCEC Credit Union.


Number of municipalities in Canada to adopt a living wage policy for all city staff: New Westminster, B.C. Other municipalities are considering following suit.


Minimum hourly wage in Nunavut. The highest in Canada.


Ontario’s minimum hourly wage. The second highest in Canada.


Hourly wage needed in 2008 for couples with two young children living in the Greater Toronto Area to earn a living wage.


Number of municipal living wage policy/bylaws passed in the U.S. since 1994.


Number of Olympic games committed to pay a living wage: the London Olympics 2012.


Number of provinces or territories that index minimum wage to inflation every year: Yukon, for the city of Whitehorse.


Hennessy’s Index: Minimum vs Living Wage (June 2011)
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