GFL Environmental Inc. is Niagara’s 40th Certified Living Wage Employer
The Niagara Poverty Reduction Network is pleased to announce that GFL Environmental Inc.
has become a certified living wage employer at the Champion level.
GFL Environmental Inc. is a leading North American provider of diversified environmental
solutions that include collection, hauling, sorting, transfer and disposal of non-hazardous solid waste; identification, collection, transport, processing, recycling and disposal of a broad range of hazardous and non-hazardous liquid wastes; and infrastructure services, including site excavation, demolition, shoring and foundations, civil projects, soil retention and remediation, and more. Their Niagara office is located in St. Catharines and they currently employ 50 full-time staff.
GFL Environmental Inc. is pleased to be starting a new contract with Niagara Region on
October 19, 2020 for residential solid waste and recycling collection in the municipalities of
Grimsby, Lincoln, Pelham, Thorold, Wainfleet, and West Lincoln.
“We are only as successful as the people we have on our team,” says Patrick Dovigi, Founder
and CEO of GFL Environmental Inc. “Our hard-working, diverse, talented and innovative
workforce has underpinned our success from our very first day. Our employees’ hard work,
dedication and the pride they show in our business are why we are able to deliver on our
promise to meet our customers’ environmental solutions needs safely and efficiently.”
“We are pleased to see many local employers who recognize the value and benefits of paying at least a living wage. Paying a living wage takes direct action to address poverty and to help
people afford their cost of living expenses,” says Aidan Johnson, Chair of the Niagara Poverty
A living wage reflects what earners need to be paid based on the actual costs of living and
being included in the community. A living wage is not the same as the legislated minimum
wage. It is a voluntary commitment that employers can make to compensate directly-employed and contract-employed full-time and part-time workers. The 2019 living wage for the Niagara region has been calculated to be $18.12/hour. If an employer’s total compensation package includes benefits such as dental and prescription drugs, the living wage can be lowered by at least $1.00/hour.
Learn more about Niagara’s living wage at www.wipeoutpoverty.ca. Niagara-area employers
interested in becoming living wage certified can contact the Ontario Living Wage Network for
more information at www.ontariolivingwage.ca.
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The Niagara Poverty Reduction Network is a collective of over 30 agencies and individuals working to wipe out poverty in Niagara through education, collaboration, and advocacy to address poverty’s root causes.
Aidan Johnson, Chair, Niagara Poverty Reduction Network
Dave Vieira, General Manager, GFL Environmental Inc.