Times Colonist

Beeswax company Abeego pays its staff living wage


Victoria-based Abeego, which manufactur­es beeswax wraps to protect food, has now committed to paying its nearly 20 staff a minimum of $20.50 per hour.

“I’ve been dreaming of this day,” said founder Toni Desrosiers. “In terms of sustainabi­lity, our staff is our No. 1 resource. This is an investment that supports our people, our company, our community and our values."

The move brings Abeego in line with Living Wage Canada’s assertion that $20.50 an hour is the wage that two working parents with two young children must earn to meet basic expenses (including rent, child care, food and transporta­tion), once government taxes, credits, deductions and subsidies have been taken into account.

The minimum wage in B.C. is $12.65 per hour

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