The concept of a living wage is bigger than income. It’s about quality of life. It’s about ensuring our neighbours can afford to pay their rent and buy nutritious food, our workers are healthy and able to pay for transportation to get to work every day and our children are given sufficient social and educational opportunities so they can flourish.
Living wage employers are responsible employers who care about their employees and the community. They recognize that paying a living wage constitutes a critical investment in the long-term prosperity of the economy by fostering a dedicated, skilled and healthy workforce.
A living wage employer pays all direct and indirect employers the living wage rate for the region(s) in which they operate.
Small cities and rural communities face unique challenges that requires economic resiliency and the ability to recognize new opportunities moving forward. The purpose of the Living Wage is to strengthen and support local community employers efforts to attract and retain employees.
The Living Wage is a response to the rise in precarious employment and a key part of economic growth which provides workers and their families a better way of life, beneﬁts employers, and helps build more vibrant and healthy communities.
How it’s calculated
The calculation for Perth-Huron adheres to the principles and methodology developed by the Canadian Living Wage Framework as adopted by the Ontario Living Wage Network. Based on a 35-hour work week, the calculation is determined using local data and considers the living expenses of a weighted average of family types including: 1) Two working adults and two children 2) a single parent with one child and 3) A single individual.
Annual family expenses include food, childcare, clothing and footwear, shelter, communications, insurance, transportation, and parent education. Expenses such as debt repayment, home ownership, and savings for children’s education or retirement are not factored in.
Living Wage Formula
Annual family Expenses = Employment Income + Government Transfers – Payroll & Income Taxes
Steps to Certify as a Living Wage Employer
- Expression of Interest. Complete initial contact form below. If you have questions, email Anne Coleman, manager of the Ontario Living Wage Network (OLWN) employer program: email@example.com.
- Application Review. The OLWN review your enrollment form and contact you to address any questions and determine the level of recognition.
- Declaration and Certificate Presentation. The employer signs the Living Wage Employer Declaration and receives their Living Wage Employer Certificate.
- Recognition. We’ll publicly recognize your organization or business through social media, events and publications. Your business or organization will be listed in our employer directory and map.
- Periodic Review. When the living wage calculation is updated, we’ll contact you to let you know the new rate. Employers have six months to make adjustments for the new rate. Ontario Living Wage Network website
Our Current Certified Living Wage Employers
Synterra Security Solutions LP
United Way Perth-Huron
The Social Research and Planning Council is comprised of community representatives who are dedicated to the collection, analysis and distribution of information relating to social trends and issues in Perth and Huron County. It is our hope that with this information, social and human service agencies and funders can make informed decisions regarding courses of action and implementation resources. We are members of the Social Planning Network of Ontario.
Social Planning Councils share the role of tracking the community pulse, providing a public forum for social issues, identifying and prioritizing unmet needs and building community commitment and capacity to address these needs. The SRPC produces reports for the community and wants to know what information is beneficial for you, for your family, and the community. We welcome feedback about all our reports and would love to hear your ideas for future topics. Please email any comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org