Point Farms Market & Miniature Golf has a reason to celebrate. They are the most recent business in Huron County to certify as a Living Wage Employer in the champion category.
“Businesses like ours generally pay minimum wage but we know that minimum wage encourages minimum effort,” says Colin Carmichael, co-owner of Point Farms Market & Miniature Golf. “When paid fairly, our employees have a vested interest in helping us ensure the business is successful and they are as committed to us as we are to them. We have a 100% employee retention rate for four years to prove it.”
Now calculated annually by the United Way Perth-Huron’s Social Research and Planning Council, the Living Wage is a calculation based on the living expenses of a family of four with both adults working full-time for 35 hours a week, once government transfers and deductions are taken into account. Everyday expenses included in the calculation are food, housing, utilities, childcare and transportation. Perth-Huron Counties’ Living Wage is $17.44 per hour. More information about Perth-Huron’s Living Wage can be found at https://perthhuron.unitedway.ca/srpc/living-wage-report.
“We are thrilled to welcome Point Farms Market and Miniature Golf to the Living Wage movement,” says United Way Perth-Huron Executive Director Ryan Erb. “Paying a Living Wage isn’t just about meeting basic needs. It’s about empowering people to contribute to the economic and social life of their community. A Living Wage is a critical investment in the long-term prosperity of the economy, fostering a dedicated, skilled and healthy workforce.”
About Point Farms Market & Miniature Golf
Point Farms Market & Miniature Golf has been providing camping and cottage essentials on Highway 21 north of Goderich for over 50 years. In addition to groceries, snacks, beach toys and camping supplies, Point Farms Market offers 32 flavours of scoop ice cream and, new for 2019, a fry truck offering french fries, poutine and hot dogs. The current owners, Arminta and Colin Carmichael, committed themselves to being Living Wage employers when they purchased the property in 2015 and have done so even as their staff complement has quadrupled in recent years. For more information on Point Farms Market & Miniature Golf, please contact Colin Carmichael at 519-524-6362 or firstname.lastname@example.org.