Whenever the minimum wage makes its way into the news cycle, we are called upon to contrast it to our living wage rates. The minimum wage goes up by 6.8%, from $15.50 to $16.55 on October 1st as it has for the last few years. It’s been a challenge to not sound repetitive, but these all remain true…
“There is nowhere in the province – even after this upcoming increase – where you’re able to make ends meet working a full time minimum wage job”
“We know who the majority of minimum wage earners are, and they’re not teenagers living at home. 70% are working adults with households to support.”
“When the $14-per-hour minimum wage was implemented in 2018, we heard dire predictions. Turns out employment went up by 2.8% in 2019.”
“There are 847 workplaces that pay at least a living wage in Ontario across 620 employers. They are showing us there is another way to do business.”
Always be ready for that inevitable final question: “Great, thanks Craig. Is there anything else you’d like to add?”
It’s so easy to reply with a cordial “…no I don’t think so, did you get everything you need?”
Instead, go in with your message box:
“If you work full-time you should be able to make ends meet. What else is work for but to pay your bills?”
Fast forward about one month later, and we’ll be making an announcement of our own. Living wage week starts off on November 6th when we release our updated rates. Calculation work is nearly complete, and if you are a certified employer you can expect an update within a few weeks from now.
"Sides clash over views of living wage. Katherine Grzejszczak, the president of CUPE 905, says the library workers, almost all of them women, feel their work is being undervalued compared to the work of other town employees in male-dominated professions. She noted entry-level general labourers who work for the town are getting more than $26 an hour."
Yahoo News - Bradford West Gwillimbury
Each month, we will showcase a different certified living wage employer. This month we are celebrating Kingston's Weller Pharmacy, certified with us since 2019.
Leading with a Corporate Social Responsibility vision, owner Tarek Hussein enabled Weller Pharmacy to become the first Pharmacy in Ontario designated as a sustainable business and a Living Wage Champion. Further, it’s one of the early small-medium enterprises (SMEs) in the region to sign the Inclusion Charter, a city of Kingston’s initiative to Promote Inclusion and Diversity in the Workplace.
Living Wage Beyond Ontario
There is a whole world of living wage movements outside of Ontario, and we regularly collaborate and share notes.
We also "share" several employers whose locations span the three provinces with employer certification programs.
Started in 2021, the Alberta Living Wage Network now has over 60 certified employers and 15 calculations.