Each year the Ontario Living Wage Network (OLWN) calculates an updated living wage rate for areas throughout the province. With affordability becoming an increasingly urgent issue in our community, the living wage rate has increased once again from $19.80 to $20.35, a 2.8% increase.
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Of the many social issues a living wage addresses, food insecurity is one of the most common among people with low income. Broadly defined as the lack of regular access to affordable, healthy and culturally appropriate food, food insecurity impacts at least 15.1 per cent of Niagara residents and 19.2 per cent of Ontarians as of the 2021 census.
One of the most frequently asked questions about the living wage is “How is a living wage any different from the minimum wage”?
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United Way Niagara is pleased to announce that Thorold Community Credit Union has become a certified living wage employer at the Champion level.
Business owners who offer a living wage are saying they are seeing better productivity, happier employees and better employee retention.
A living wage is different than the provincially mandated minimum wage as it reflects the cost of living and is not legislated, but something progressive organizations commit to implementing to benefit their workers, their bottom line, and the local economy.