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  • Niagara's Living Wage is $20.35/hour. 

    The living wage reflects what earners in a household need to be paid, based on the actual cost of living and being included in a specific community.

    About What Is A Living Wage?

Welcome to Living Wage Niagara.

The real cost of living in Niagara.

A living wage is an evidence-based calculation that reflects what a worker needs to earn to cover the cost of living in their community. In Niagara, the living wage for 2023/24 was calculated at $20.35 per hour.

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Benefits to Employers

  • used as a recruitment strategy for lower paying occupations

  • Improved reputation the business

  • Better relationships between management and staff

  • Decreased employee turnover and absenteeism

  • Increased retention and productivity

  • Savings on rehiring and retraining employees

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About Living Wage Niagara

United Way Niagara is excited to host the Living Wage Program after nearly seven years of establishment in Niagara.

Funded by the Niagara Prosperity Initiative through Niagara Region, the Living Wage Program aims to address poverty through corporate social responsibility. Providing a living wage is an important policy lever that can help lift Niagara residents out of poverty and provide them with basic economic security and opportunities for social inclusion.

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What Clients Are Saying

  • Our employees power Meridian’s purpose and we have a commitment to support their financial security and economic well-being. As a Certified Living Wage Employer, we are building resilience and wealth in the communities where we live and work
    ~ Jay-Ann Gilfoy, President & CEO, Meridian Credit Union

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Visit our blog regularly for the latest news, information and press releases of new Living Wage Employers and more... 

Niagara's Living Wage Program Announces 2023/2024 Living Wage Calculation at $20.35

Niagara's Living Wage Program Announces 2023/2024 Living Wage Calculation at $20.35

Posted Nov 6th, 2023

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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Living Wage and Food Insecurity: A Direct Correlation

Living Wage and Food Insecurity: A Direct Correlation

Posted Oct 20th, 2023

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.

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Minimum Wage vs. Living Wage: What's the Difference?

Minimum Wage vs. Living Wage: What's the Difference?

Posted Sep 15th, 2023 in General

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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To learn more about the certification process, contact Wendy Medeiros, Living Wage Program Coordinator.

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