Julia Bell commented on Living Wage by Region 2018-02-09 00:59:45 -0500Fair enough. However, I’m still wondering if there is a way to calculate for “non-standard” families.
I’m know that there are many families with only one working parent and/or more than 2 children. There must be a per capita dollar figure needed for meeting basic needs. Is it double?
i.e. It would seem to make sense that a single parent of two children living in Ontario would need to earn twice what two wage earners would (so $34/hr). But that can’t be entirely accurate as there would be 3 to feed, not 4. And yet housing costs for 3 would remain fairly similar to those for 4).
It seems that the living wage calculation is rather simplistic and based on an idealized family situation. And – most trying to live on the minimum wage aren’t in an idealized situation.