Elected Living Wage Supporters

Low Wage work hurts families and undermines the local economy.

The rapid rise of low wage jobs is a growing concern in Ontario communities. Many of us no longer earn enough at our jobs to make ends meet. We face impossible choices. Buy food or paying the rent? Heat the apartment or fix the car? Growing numbers of us face spirally debt and constant anxiety about the future. More of us have long term health problems.
In Ontario nearly 1.7 million workers work at lower paid jobs.

There is a solution. It’s a Living Wage.

Over 170 employers across the province have made the commitment to pay their employees at least a living wage. More and more individuals, community groups, employers and politicians are showing their support for the living wage. We are asking every candidate in the 2018 Municipal Elections across Ontario to support the living wage movement in the province.

Municipalities hold a key to solving poverty by paying a living wage Municipal governments are anchor institutions in communities and have an opportunity to influence other employer organizations to do the right thing.

Cities of the 21st century must stand for fairness and equality. And not just in words, but with wages.

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Should I be elected to public office, I pledge to advocate for our public sector employers to become certified Living Wage employers.


259 endorsements

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  • Kelly Edgar
    endorsed 2018-09-23 13:12:10 -0400
  • Anthony Longo
    endorsed 2018-09-23 08:28:02 -0400
    Councillor-City of Thorold
  • Normand Arsenault
    endorsed 2018-09-21 23:24:41 -0400
    It is my pleasure to add my name to the growing list of proponents of a living wage in Niagara. I am running as a candidate for Town Council in Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • Greg Miller
    endorsed 2018-09-21 17:46:23 -0400
    I’m a longtime proponent of a living wage and activist in support of its implementation. I’m looking forward to incorporating this critical cause into my work as a St. Catharines City Councillor for Merritton (www.millerformerritton.com)
  • Lisa Mooney
    endorsed 2018-09-21 16:21:14 -0400
    A living wage benefits individuals, businesses and society as a whole. It is time to recognize the power of a livable wage.
  • Carmen DeRose
    endorsed 2018-09-21 15:05:03 -0400
    I fully support a living wage! I am running for Council in Thorold and will be an advocate for all to make a living wage.
  • Katherine Reid
    endorsed 2018-09-21 14:32:11 -0400
    I do support employees making a living wage. I am running for Town Council in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
  • Katherine Reid
    @WinemakerKathy tweeted link to this page. 2018-09-21 14:30:29 -0400
    I'm endorsing Ontario Living Wage Network. Please join me! http://www.ontariolivingwage.ca/candidate_pledge?recruiter_id=2236
  • Mo Al Jumaily
    endorsed 2018-09-21 13:05:26 -0400
  • Dianne Munro
    endorsed 2018-09-21 12:15:44 -0400
    Poverty line minimum wage is a must. What is needed is guaranteed income

    For all
  • Roberto Contreras
    endorsed 2018-09-21 12:03:36 -0400
  • Wolfgang Guembel
    endorsed 2018-09-21 11:44:14 -0400
    Lock Street Brewing Company is in it’s second year and one of it’s 5-8 year employment goals is to offer a minimum wage of $18/hour as soon as the business model allows.

    Wolfgang Guembel – Founder of Lock Street Brewing Company, @WolfofLockStreet
  • Ken Sentance
    endorsed 2018-09-21 10:19:13 -0400
    Great idea to end poverty. I will do my part in Thorold. I am running for Thorold City Council. Thanks for including me. Ken Sentance
  • Sergio Paone
    endorsed 2018-09-21 09:56:06 -0400
    I am running for re-election as a Thorold City Councillor
  • Mark Elliott
    endorsed 2018-09-21 09:21:50 -0400
  • Clarke Bitter for Regional Council
    @ClarkeBitter tweeted link to this page. 2018-09-21 09:10:12 -0400
    I'm endorsing Ontario Living Wage Network. Please join me! http://www.ontariolivingwage.ca/candidate_pledge?recruiter_id=2225
  • Clarke Bitter
    endorsed 2018-09-21 09:09:33 -0400
    Candidate for Regional Council, Niagara Falls
  • Nicholas Beaudin
    @NicholasBeaudin tweeted link to this page. 2018-09-21 09:02:35 -0400
    I'm endorsing Ontario Living Wage Network. Please join me! http://www.ontariolivingwage.ca/candidate_pledge?recruiter_id=2223
  • Nicholas Beaudin
    endorsed 2018-09-21 09:01:50 -0400
    I pledge to help decrease poverty and its effects within West Lincoln as well the Niagara Region. As a human rights advocate I have always looked out for peoples wellbeing.
  • Barbara Butters
    endorsed 2018-09-21 07:48:38 -0400
  • Haley Bateman
    endorsed 2018-09-21 05:08:41 -0400
    I will support employers in their efforts to ensure that all of their employees are paid the minimum living wage as noted in this report.
  • Joan Christensen
    endorsed 2018-09-20 23:38:02 -0400
    Regional Councillor, Fort Erie. I have spent my entire working and volunteer life in community services – social assistance, special needs support, housing, employment supports. All of them directly related to people not having a living wage. One region cannot address the issue alone. It will require collaboration with other levels of government and employers from the private and nonprofit sectors.
  • Nick DiFlavio
    endorsed 2018-09-20 23:07:48 -0400
  • Barb Rybiak
    endorsed 2018-09-20 22:21:58 -0400
  • Johnny Tischler
    endorsed 2018-09-20 22:07:14 -0400
    TISCHLER for Mayor of St. Catharines
  • Vicki-Lynn Smith
    endorsed 2018-09-20 22:06:23 -0400
    I was involved though my union work in Ottawa with ACORN there in the living wage fight with the city.
  • Wayne Campbell
    endorsed 2018-09-20 21:43:14 -0400
  • Pati Habermann
    endorsed 2018-09-20 21:43:07 -0400
  • Mary Ann Grimaldi
    endorsed via 2018-09-20 21:35:59 -0400
  • Laura Ip
    endorsed 2018-09-20 21:34:51 -0400
    As a member of NPRN’s Wages and Work working group, I have long been an advocate for a living wage. We are not in a position to mandate wages, but we can educate employers and advocate for a living wage, along with appropriate supports at the provincial and federal levels to support individuals and employers.