Huron Perth Public Health works in communities across the region aiming to improve the health and well-being of residents. This includes actions to reduce poverty and address health inequities. Now, Huron Perth Public Health is making a public commitment to the continued well-being of their employees by certifying as a Living Wage Employer.
”Income is an important determinant of health and a living wage not only improves an individual’s quality of life, but also benefits the broader community,” says Kathy Vassilakos, Board of Health Chair. “I’m pleased that Huron Perth Public Health is joining the growing list of local organizations who recognize the value of paying a living wage.”
“We thank Huron Perth Public Health for taking this public step to advocate for the well-being of their employees and the region,” added United Way Perth-Huron Executive Director Ryan Erb. “Their continued leadership and advocacy in support of building stronger local communities is greatly appreciated.”
Based on a 35-hour work week, the Perth-Huron Living Wage is calculated regularly using local data and takes into account the living expenses of a weighted average of family types including a family of four, a single mother supporting a seven-year-old child and a single adult, once government transfers and deductions are factored in. Everyday expenses in the calculation include housing, food, utilities, childcare and transportation. For more information about Perth-Huron’s living wage, GO HERE.
About Huron Perth Public Health
Huron Perth Public Health works with our community to promote and protect health and prevent illness, based on community need and employing evidence-based interventions. We’re dedicated to delivering public health programs, classes and services in our community that are accessible for everyone. Our public health nurses, health inspectors, health promoters, dietitians, epidemiologists, and many other professionals promote and protect the health of our community. We are governed by the Board of Health and mandated by the Health Protection and Promotion Act.