Cambridge city council voted to become Ontario's first municipality to pay their employees a living wage on Tuesday night.
The city is officially a supporter of Waterloo Region Living Wage who calculated the living wage in this region is $16.05 an hour.
The Guelph and Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination launched the living wage employer recognition program at Innovation Guelph and congratulated 11 Guelph and Wellington employers who committed to paying their employees at least a living wage. The announcement was made in front of a crowd of around 40 people.
Several Windsor businesses, unions and charities have committed to paying workers a living wage.
“Right now in Windsor-Essex about 18,000 people are considered working poor,” said Adam Vasey, director of Pathway to Potential. “The living wage is designed to address people who are working but because of circumstances, whether that’s having one miniumum wage job, a couple of part-time jobs, they’re not able to make ends meet.”