We all want to share in economic prosperity. Unfortunately, for too many workers in Hamilton, work is not a route out of poverty. With the support of progressive employers, civic leaders and other partners, we’re striving to make Hamilton a living wage community!
Hamilton’s living wage calculation uses community-specific data through a framework developed by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-Ontario to determine expenses incurred by a family of four. A living wage enables workers to: provide the necessities for their family, promote healthy development, participate in community life, and avoid the stress of living in chronic poverty.
How we got $15.85 per hour:
- Family of four: two adults, two children
- Both adults work full time; 37.5 hours a week
- No savings, retirement planning or debt repayments
|Rent and related costs||$1,305|
|Food and personal care||$757|