What is a Living Wage?

A living wage is the minimum amount that allows a worker and their family access to everyday basics such as food, housing, healthcare, education, clothing and transportation, in no more than a 48-hour work week. This also includes a small savings for life’s unforeseen events.

A Living Wage Infographic

The legal minimum wage for the lowest waged workers in the garment sector in Bangladesh (established in 2018) is only CAD $125 per month (about 5$ a day). Many women sewing our clothes in Bangladesh earn only $6 or $7 per day, trapping them in poverty, no matter how hard they work.

Garment Worker Pay Infographic

When COVID-19 hit, garment workers in Bangladesh had no cushion to fall back on, no matter how long they worked in the industry. 

Infographic on the impact of COVID-19 on garment workers