$16.52 an hour.
That according to the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives is the living wage in North Central BC which includes Quesnel.
A living wage is defined as the hourly wage two working parents with two kids must earn to meet their expenses.
Despite some rising costs, that wage has actually gone down slightly.
Deanna Ogle, with the Living Wage for Families campaign, says that’s due to the Federal Liberal Government’s expanded Child Benefit Program for families with kids.
Despite concerns about costs, Ogle says paying workers a living wage is good for everyone as she says when workers earn a living wage they are more like to spend it locally in small businesses.
Finally she says the campaign would now like to see the province step up to help make the living wage a reality for all workers in BC.