The living wage is the hourly rate of pay at which a household can meet its basic needs and participate in community life, once government transfers have been added to the family’s income (such as child benefits) and deductions have been subtracted (such as income taxes and E.I. premiums). The living wage is calculated to reflect the local cost of living.
Visit Living Wage Regions to find your local living wage. If your region is not listed, we will contact you with information about the status of the living wage calculation where you do business.
Living Wage Employers are responsible employers who care about their employees and the community. They recognize that paying a living wage constitutes a critical investment in the long-term prosperity of the economy by fostering a dedicated, skilled and healthy workforce.
A living wage employer pays all direct and indirect employers the living wage rate for the region(s) in which they operate.
WHAT IS THE LIVING WAGE EMPLOYER CERTIFICATION PROCESS?
1. Expression of Interest. Complete initial contact form below. If you have questions, email Anne Coleman, manager of the Ontario Living Wage Network employer program: firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Application Review. We’ll review your enrolment form and contact you to address any questions and determine the level of recognition.
3. Declaration and Certificate Presentation. We set a date for you to sign the Living Wage Employer Declaration and receive your Living Wage Employer Certificate.
4. Recognition. We’ll publicly recognize your organization or business through social media, events and publications. Your business or organization will be listed in our employer directory and map.
5. Periodic Review. When the living wage calculation is updated, we’ll contact you to let you know the new rate. Employers have six months to make adjustments for the new rate.
Download/view our PDF guide to becoming a living wage employer: