Modo is now Living Wage Certified – a first for BC’s carshare operators!
Vancouver, BC (December 4, 2018) – Modo Co-operative joins the campaign for Living Wage, to raise the bar even further on its commitment to transforming communities.
With today’s approval by the Living Wage for Families Campaign, Modo members, board and staff have one more thing to be proud about, as the member-owned co-operative became the first and only Living Wage certified carshare operator in the region. Modo joins over 130 purpose-driven organizations in the province, committed to creating healthier communities; including its business partners Vancity, The Co-operative Housing Federation of BC, Fairware, and the cities of Vancouver, New Westminster and Port Coquitlam.
Currently, the Minimum Wage in BC is $12.65/hour, which can leave many families choosing between paying rent or buying groceries. Living Wage, set at $20.91/hour in Metro Vancouver and $20.50 in Victoria, is an opportunity for employers to do better and one that Modo’s CEO Patrick Nangle says aligns completely with the Co-op’s purpose of transforming communities. “Being a Living Wage employer is not only good for people, it’s good for business. By paying our employees and major contractors a wage that reflects the true costs of living, we are making a much-needed investment in the long-term prosperity of our communities and economy.”
Studies by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives BC show that while there is an increased cost to pay, Living Wage employers often see lower staff turnover, in addition to increased productivity and pride. A price that Bernice Paul, Human Resources Manager at Modo, says is well-worth it. “Since opening our door for business over two decades ago, Modo has always been committed to paying a fair wage, while offering our employees life-balance, and meaningful work in a diverse and respectful environment. Getting our Living Wage certification feels like a natural step in putting people before profit.”
Modo tapped into Catherine Ludgate’s experience to help guide them through the process. Ludgate, a Living Wage advocate and the Senior Manager of Community Investment at Vancity, says “Putting more money in the hands of working families is one of the best economic development strategies we can employ, and an important way to help solve family and child poverty.”
According to the Living Wage for Families Campaign, poverty is a price we all pay, when you consider the weakening of local economics and the increased costs for public services. Living Wage is an opportunity for businesses to step up and make a positive and tangible contribution to the lives of thousands of BC families earning minimum wage while still living below the poverty line. It hopes to see more employers like Modo willing to meet a higher standard and help to reverse this growing trend.
Modo started in 1997 as the first carshare co-operative in the region. To this day, it remains member-owned, driven by people not profit. Modo provides its round trip service, to more than 22,000 members and 900 businesses across the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and the Okanagan. Members get access to over 700 cars, trucks, SUVs and vans, with rates starting at just $5 per hour, including gas and insurance. www.modo.coop
Director of Marketing & Communications, Modo