In our Wednesday editorial about Social Planning Cowichan’s 2017 Living Wage Comparison we focused mainly on what it takes to maintain a family of four (two parents and two children).

The reality is that there are many other kinds of households in the Cowichan Valley and we applaud SPC for including numbers specific to some of them as a new feature in this year’s report.

So how are singles, and single parents on minimum wage faring?

In a word, badly.