United Way Halifax partnered with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives to do research into the living wage in Halifax.
We wanted to understand the gap between what people earn and what they need to earn for a good quality of life. This is part of our focus on poverty and how it affects people in the community.
The first report was released in 2015. In 2016, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives revisited its research and released an updated report with findings from Halifax and Antigonish.
The living wage for Halifax is currently $19.17. This wage would allow a family of four (two parents, both working and two school aged children) to live a good quality of life. It is not a minimum wage. Knowing the living wage figure means we can work with others in our community to see what's possible to close the gap.
Please refer to the report below to read more about what factors impact the living wage in Halifax, and what challenges were greatest for families interviewed.
A technical appendix to the report, Working for a Living, NotLiving for Work: Living Wage for Halifax 2015, for those seeking to calculate the living wage in their own communities.