Implementation of living wage policy leads to fewer jobs, hours, less training: ReportBut supporters claim it’s a tool that can help people climb out of povertyBy Sarah Dobson02/10/2014|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/10/2014 In 2011, the City of New Westminster in British Columbia became the first — and only — Canadian city to adopt a living wage ordinance. Under the ordinance, all firms that are contracted directly or subcontracted by the city to provide services on city premises must pay employees who perform the services a living wage — an hourly amount to cover basic expenses. The figure for 2013 for the lower mainland is $19.62 per hour, assuming no benefits are provided by the employer.But this may not be the best approach, according to a report from the Fraser Institute, a research and educational organization, which said employers respond to living wage policies by cutting back on jobs, hours and on-the-job training. They also end up hiring more qualified workers at the expense of those with fewer skills in order to offset some of the higher wage costs. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.