We Are a Certified Living Wage Employer with Living Wage for Families BC

At BCDHA/CDA Alliance we love working with our amazing staff on behalf of the diverse communities of dental hygienists, certified dental assistants, and dental therapists across BC.

Part of our job is to research wage rates in the province, analyze the data, and to report back to our members. This helps us to advocate on behalf of our members to government and it also provides us with tools to empower our members to make their case for increased wages and other benefits with their own employers.

Andrea Burton, CEO of the BCDHA/CDA Alliance says, “The BCDHA/CDA Alliance is proud to be recognized as a Living Wage Employer in BC.  It’s important to us that our staff and contractors feel secure in their ability to provide for themselves and their families, and that our staff team know they can always count on a yearly cost of living increase to keep up with inflation.  This is how we, as an organization, can do our part to demonstrate leadership, responsibility and our ongoing commitment the goal of social justice and equity across the province.”

We believe that we wouldn’t be doing our job if we weren’t holding ourselves accountable to our own high standards of compensation for our own staff.

That’s why we’ve joined Living Wage for Families BC and become a Certified Living Wage Employer!

According to Living Wage for Families BC data $20.91 hourly wage is needed to cover the costs of raising a family in Metro Vancouver, up from $20.61 per hour in 2017.

This is the hourly wage that two working parents with two young children must earn to meet their basic expenses (including rent, child care, food and transportation), once government taxes, credits, deductions and subsidies have been taken into account.

Ensuring that our staff don’t have to struggle to get by means that we have confident people serving our members and the communities across BC.

We’d also like to challenge all the other health professional associations and other aligned groups to join us in becoming Certified Living Wage Employers and raising the standards for wages across the industry.

As they say, ‘a rising tide floats all boats.’

Find out more about Living Wage for Families BC and how you can get involved here.