Living Wage Background
A living wage is not the same as the minimum wage, which is the legal minimum all employers must pay. The living wage sets a higher test – it reflects what earners in a family need to be paid based on the actual costs of living and being included in a specific community. The living wage is calculated as an evidence-based hourly rate at which a household can meet its basic needs, once government transfers have been added to the family’s income and deductions have been subtracted. Included in this calculation are food, shelter, clothing, transportation, communication, child care, private health insurance for prescription drugs and dental coverage, continuing education for adults to upgrade skills, and items that allow for fuller participation in society, such as birthday gifts, family leisure outings and local recreation.
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“We believe an individual’s productive contribution to our society should provide livability and no one should be working poor. As entrepreneurs, we know our business ventures need to do more than meet minimum standards. By voluntarily committing to the living wage model and encouraging our peers by example, we set the stage for a more desirable economic environment where everyone can benefit. Since implementation, we have seen positive impacts in focus, workplace morale, overall productivity and a reduction in employee turnover.”
Damin and Debra Starr,
Owners of Damin Starr Commercial Enterprises,
Vineland Station, Niagara Region
Calculating the Cost of Living in Niagara 2017 Brief
Calculating the Living Wage for Niagara 2017 Brief
Calculating the Cost of Living in Niagara Region 2016 Brief
Calculating the Living Wage Niagara Region 2016 Brief