Together In the Business of Better

Visit the website of the newly-announced Better Way Alliance, and you will recognize more than a few OLWN faces. They are a group of employers committed to a better way to build the economy. In their words: 

There is a myth that the “high turnover and low-pay” model is the secret to success in business. But many employers see things differently. We know from experience that a commitment to decent work makes good economic sense. By speaking out, we hope to open up the conversation about what makes the most sense today.

Read the Toronto Star story here.

Watch the CTV story here.

Need living wage photos & slides?

We are sometimes asked to share photos, logos, slides and infographics. In order to share these resources, I've created a Flickr account for the Ontario Living Wage Network.

Everything is public and downloadable and arranged in albums. When you click on a photo or graphic you'd like, you'll see a download button at the bottom-right corner. 

All assets have been created or commissioned by the OLWN, and to use them in print or online, please use Creative Commons non-commercial attribution:

Photo by OLWN / CC BY


New report pegs a living wage for Durham at $17 an hour: Toronto Star

Teacher Ryan Kelly belongs to a union where every member earns a living wage.

But the women who run the cafeteria at the Whitby high school where Kelly taught math and computer science last year make just $11.50 an hour, nowhere near enough to have a decent quality of life, he says.

Kelly wants that to change.

He wants the Durham District School Board to become a living wage employer and ensure everyone working in area schools — including contract employees like cafeteria staff — earns a living wage.

Read the full story here.

Living Wage Op-ed in Hamilton Spectator


From an op-ed written by Bishops Douglas Crosby and Michael Bird of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Hamilton:


Establishing living wages holds the promise to transform the lives of so many in our province; providing a decent quality of life with opportunities to fully participate in our society through recreation, culture, and entertainment. If we implement a fair minimum wage in Ontario the very fabric of our society would be transformed for the better.

Of course many will argue their budgets simply won't allow for this practice to be implemented. We understand the challenges to make ends meet. But such challenges do not absolve us of our responsibility and we must be steadfast in moving toward the vision of a society where all have enough.

Read the full Hamilton Spectator op-ed here.

CTV Northern Ontario: OLWN in Timmins

Click on image to watch video at CTV Northern Ontario.