May Newsletter: Belong 2017, Living Wage and more!

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A Living Wage for the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region- 2017 update!

 It costs $20.11 per hour to live, and raise a family, in the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region . $20.11/hour  is our regional living wage;  the hourly pay that two parents working full-time each need to earn, once government taxes and credits have been accounted for, to maintain an adequate quality of life for a family of four (one boy aged seven and one girl aged four). This equates to a total household income of $73,200.40 annually. Our living wage rose 84 cents from the 2015 living wage rate of $19.27 and we are now the second highest living wage region in BC (Vancouver is the highest at $20.62 per hour).

The living wage calculation is based on the bare-bones expenses of an average family of four; it includes costs such as rent, food, transportation, childcare, healthcare, and a modest budget for social participation and parent education. Once the family expenses have been covered, our living wage family has only five dollars remaining to cover some of the costs not included in the living wage calculation such as savings or debt payments.

New this year in the calculation is the inclusion of two cellphones (talk and text only) rather than a landline, and a basic internet connection. These days more Canadians have cell phones than landlines and a home internet connection is recognized as a requirement for social participation as well as for accessing many government services. The latter is particularly true in rural and remote areas which lack Service Canada centres.

Once again housing and childcare are the top two costs in the living wage calculation this year. Housing costs (median cost of a 3-bedroom rental, utilities, and tenant insurance) rose almost $60 per month since 2015 (rent alone is up $50/month). The median rental cost is used rather than the average cost because the median reflects the true mid-point cost within a range, and therefore is not influenced by high-end rentals and is  a more realistic measure of what a low-income family can afford. Childcare costs are up $324 per month and include the median cost of full-time care for a 4-year-old and after-school care and care during school breaks for the 7-year-old. 

To illustrate the power of healthy public policy in reducing the living wage we decided to highlight the excellent work being done by some of our communities around highly-subsidized childcare (and in some cases fully- subsidized!). Using the median cost of full-time subsidized childcare for the 4-year-old in the calculation brings our living wage down to $16.77 per hour! Enacting a childcare subsidy policy increases affordability for families and provides social, economic, and health benefits at the community level. In July 2016 the federal government introduced the Canada Child Benefit (CCB), a tax-free, targeted, monthly payment that helps families cover the costs of raising children. Our living wage family will receive $7,722.95 in CCB payments in 2017 which will significantly reduce their financial stress and increase their ability to participate, both socially and economically, in their community. 

Issues such as affordable housing and childcare are shared by communities throughout the province and across the nation. By participating in the living wage campaign we hope to raise awareness and encourage advocacy around these issues and others related to working poverty. Please share the living wage information with your friends, family, local elected officials and employers. 

You may also be interested in other living wages across BC. If you have questions about the Living Wage or would like to request a presentation, please contact Faye Missar, CBT’s Program Coordinator.


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Newly created Tofino Chapter of the West Coast Fishing Guide Association donates to the Clayoquot Sound Wild Salmon Fund, prioritizing wild salmon restoration and recovery.

The Tofino Chapter of the West Coast Fishing Guide Association is proud to

announce its recent inception. In late March 2017, Tofino charter fishing guides

finalized the formation of a Tofino chapter of the West Coast Fishing Guides

Association (WCFGA). The WCFGA is a professional organization representing the

interests of sport fishing guides on Vancouver Island. The organization focuses on a

variety of objectives. These objectives include: achieving a heightened level of

professionalism and safety on the water, adhering to strict ethics of conservation

and stewardship, and encouraging a high degree of knowledge, dialogue and

education amongst members. In addition, the Association focuses on engaging and

participating in various fisheries management consultative processes such as the

Sport Fishing Advisory Board (SFAB), International Pacific Halibut Commission

(IPHC), and the Clayoquot Salmon Roundtable.

The restoration and recovery of Clayoquot Sound wild salmon stocks is a major

priority of the Tofino Chapter of the WCFGA. Member guides commend and support

all local enhancement, research and restoration efforts relating to this goal. In order

to support this continued effort, Tofino WCFGA member guides have donated over

$7000 in seed funding to the recently developed Clayoquot Sound Wild Salmon

Fund. The fund priorities are directed by the Clayoquot Salmon Roundtable, which

brings together sport, aboriginal and commercial fishing, environment, stewardship,

enhancement, aquaculture, forestry, processing, local government, Parks, Fisheries

and Oceans Canada, and other interests in a consensus based, co-management forum. Saya Masso, co-chair of the Roundtable said, 

 “Sport fishing guides have taken

Photo by Jeremy Koreski

Photo by Jeremy Koreskia proactive role in supporting the sustainability of the fishery resource. Even before

the formation of the Tofino WCFGA and the Clayoquot Sound Wild Salmon Fund,

many local guides were donating funds to support local enhancement efforts.”

The Clayoquot Biosphere Trust (CBT) will provide financial administration of the fund.

“As a community foundation, the CBT will manage the endowment fund and direct

the income towards prioritized projects. It’s exciting to see the WCFGA working with all of the stakeholders to take

action. As guides, they are both stewards and spokespeople for the salmon

ecosystem.” said Rebecca Hurwitz, CBT Executive Director.

Additional donations to the fund can be made

at wild-salmon- fund/. Tofino

WCFGA member guides strongly support the spirit of the endowment fund and hope

that their donation contributes positively to future generations of both salmon and

West coasters.

Job Posting: Summer Students!

The CBT is looking for two students to join our dynamic team for the summer season!

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April Newsletter: EuroMAB 2017, Education Coordinator…more!

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CBT hiring Education Coordinator

Employment Opportunity
Closing Date: April 27, 2017

The Clayoquot Biosphere Trust (CBT) is seeking a term employee to lead the next phase of the Regional Education Tourism Initiative.

About the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust
The CBT is a federally‐registered charity responsible for upholding the spirit and intent of the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Region designation. Founded in 2000, the purpose of the CBT is to conduct and support research, education, and programs that advance conservation, build our understanding of natural processes in the marine and terrestrial ecosystems, and promote the health of individuals and communities in the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region.

About the Regional Education Tourism Initiative
The Regional Education Tourism Initiative is a collaboration between organizations, communities and institutions. The initiative began at a grass roots level in the 1990s. Interest grew to a regional scale as the District of Ucluelet, Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ Government, District of Tofino, and Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations sought to better understand the education tourism market locally and beyond. Working collaboratively for 16 months, the project resulted in three key reports:
1. Pacific Rim Education Tourism Market Research and Strategy Development Final Report;
2. Capacity Building, Training and Business Incubation Strategy; and
3. Regional Education Asset Inventory.
The initiative is now being coordinated by the CBT, with direction from an advisory committee with membership from local communities, organizations with an education mandate, economic development groups, and destination marketing organizations.

About West Coast N.E.S.T.
West Coast N.E.S.T. is a resource website that provides information regarding opportunities for transformative learning experiences in the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Region. Launched in late 2016, the key purpose of the website is to advance the learning economy by meeting the increasing demand for lifelong learning, the growing desire for experiential place-based learning, and the increasing need for cross-cultural exchange.
In tandem with the website, the CBT has been developing local education opportunities to ensure the region has products to meet market demand. Programming has included a range of target markets from professional development to high school and university field schools. Local organizations and communities are also being supported to develop programs in partnership with academic institutions and local knowledge holders.

About the Position
The Education Coordinator will lead the next phase of the Regional Education Tourism Initiative and be the point of contact for the West Coast N.E.S.T. website. Key responsibilities include:
• Developing, coordinating and in some cases delivering education tourism programs in collaboration with communities, organizations, and institutions in three specific market segments (high school outdoor education, university field schools, and adult learner).
• Linking local organizations, communities, and visiting groups to support the development and delivery of education programs.
• Researching and initiating international education program development.
• Developing and executing direct sales strategy for outdoor education programs on the west coast, primarily targeting BC high schools, universities and elder travel associations.
• Promoting education tourism utilizing the NEST website, social media and other marketing tools.
• Updating NEST content (text, imagery, courses and events) to keep it fresh and relevant.
• Liaising with local organizations and course/event providers in the community to create awareness about the NEST and strengthen the brand
• Promoting the NEST at relevant conferences, trade shows and events to attract learners and education providers.
• Securing additional revenue sources through grant writing and social enterprise development.
• Working in consultation with the CBT Regional Education Tourism Committee.

The Education Coordinator will be based in the CBT office and report to the Executive Director. Transportation is required, as is a valid driver’s license. A strong preference will be shown for local candidates.

About the Successful Candidate
Your relevant experience, skills and education include, but are not limited to:
• Master’s degree or higher in any field related to education, public administration, or ecosystem science. Equivalent experience may be considered.
• Experience working collaboratively with communities, organizations, and education institutions.
• Excellent team building skills and experience fostering strong inter-personal and organizational relationships.
• Experience in developing course curricula and delivering educational programs.
• Sales and marketing experience.
• Excellent computer skills including experience maintaining websites, publishing e-newsletters and blogs, managing social media and creating digital marketing content.
• Demonstrated success in securing grants and strong skills in business development.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Excellent project management skills.
• Excellent research and analysis skills.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and two recent writing samples before 4 p.m. on April 27, 2017 to Rebecca Hurwitz via email at

March Newsletter

Check out the CBT’s March Newsletter for an update on the Call for Projects, Leadership Vancouver Island, and some exciting opportunities for local youth~ 

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Innovation Island Free Workshops!

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February Newsletter: Introducing the West Coast N.E.S.T.

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January Newsletter: Call for Projects, Biosphere Research Award, Community Fund for Canada’s 150th

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