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This cheeky take on A Christmas Carol reminds us how lucky we are that we don't have to resort to holiday necromancy in our work to eliminate the problem of working poverty.

Turns out the local organizers that make up this network, and living wage employers themselves make the best recruiters.

We ask incoming employers how they heard about the living wage movement, and the most numerous answer is "industry peers", followed by a local organizer or event of some sort.

I wondered how much these increasingly numerous social connections were impacting the rate of employer sign-ups.


Although the followership numbers on our social media accounts and email list increases at a fairly steady rate from one year to the next, we can see a sharp rise in certifications in 2019.

More certifications mean more people who are able to make ends meet and participate in their community. Many employers already pay a living wage prior to certification, and we're happy to recognize them. They are often the ones who do the best recruiting. Many others have raised their lowest pay rates to the living wage in order to qualify for certification, and we always proud to list and recognize them for the first time.

I look forward to making this graph in 2020.

Happy holidays and all the best,

Craig Pickthorne

Communications & Development Coordinator

Ontario Living Wage Network

[email protected]


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