COPE will propose an amendment to the Vancouver Charter to confer powers upon the City allowing it to set a municipal minimum wage for the City of Vancouver at $15/hr indexed to inflation, with the aim of closing the gap between a minimum and a living wage.
COPE will advocate for increasing the minimum wage to $15/hr province-wide which would place a minimum wage worker just above the poverty line – in solidarity with other municipalities and in line with recommendations from Raise the Rates.
COPE will ensure that direct and indirect employees of the city are paid at a living wage.
COPE will work on a viable model to implement a Guaranteed Liveable Income, which would be available to all citizens, permanent residents, and refugees, is structured to recognize family composition and special needs, such as medical expenses, an is set high enough to foster social participation and ensure that everyone has access to food, clothing, and housing.
COPE will not contract out any Vancouver City Services, nor enter into Public Private Partnerships.
COPE will ensure that any building trades working for the City of Vancouver or working on City contracts must have their TQ, and City inspectors must check the tickets of workers and record ticket numbers.
COPE will ensure that all contractors working on City contracts must be Licensed Contractors, and that every licensed business post Employment Standards in the workplace.