Minimum wage and living wage, what’s the difference?

With all this living wage talk, it is important to point out the differences between minimum wage and living wage. The important thing to remember is that calculating a living wage rate helps answer the question:  “What DOES it cost to live, learn, work and play in our community?” Minimum wage: 1. Ontario is $10.25/hr 2. Legislated and legally binding 3. Determined by provincial government … Read More

What can a living wage buy?

A living wage helps working families make enough money to cover reasonable costs.  It encourages social inclusion and supports healthy child development.  A living wage also helps make sure families are not under severe financial stress. Expenses included in a living wage are based on local costs with input from the community.  These expenses usually include food, clothing and footwear, shelter and utilities … Read More

Finding it hard to pinch pennies?

With more working families finding it harder to make ends meet, a living wage may be the answer. A living wage is the estimated hourly rate of pay that enables working families to afford basic everyday expenses and to be able to participate in their community. The hourly rate is based on the living expenses of a family of four with both parents … Read More