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  • Niagara's Living Wage is $19.80/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 2022/23 was calculated at $19.80 per hour.

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Find out all you need to know about becoming a Living Wage Niagara employer. 

What Is A Living Wage

Learn about the Living Wage and benefits to employers.

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Information about our latest Living Wage employers, news and information. 

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Meet the program coordinator & learn about Living Wage Niagara.  

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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

What Is A Living Wage? Living Wage Employers

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

Stay Informed.

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

PRESS RELEASE: Thorold Community Credit Union Niagara's Latest Living Wage Employer

PRESS RELEASE: Thorold Community Credit Union Niagara's Latest Living Wage Employer

Posted Jan 23rd, 2023 in Media Room

United Way Niagara is pleased to announce that Thorold Community Credit Union has become a certified living wage employer at the Champion level.

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A Living Wage Helps Build Better Relationships With Employees

A Living Wage Helps Build Better Relationships With Employees

Posted Jan 12th, 2023 in In the News

Business owners who offer a living wage are saying they are seeing better productivity, happier employees and better employee retention.

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Making Cents of the Living Wage

Making Cents of the Living Wage

Posted Jan 5th, 2023 in General

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.

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Become Certified As A Living Wage Employer

To learn more about the certification process, contact Isha Dadhwal, Living Wage Program Coordinator.

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