Sexual Assault Support Centre Waterloo Region
"As a Sexual Assault Support Centre, we're an organization committed to social justice; this means we're also committed to paying our staff members a living wage. It's also significant that the majority of our employees are women; paying our team fairly is also an issue of gender equality. We don't want to perpetuate the gendered wage gap that exists across Canada". – Sara Casselman, Executive Director
"As as organization we believe that income inequality and the growing gap between the rich and poor is a major challenge facing western democracies. As such, we see the commitment to a living wage as a fundamental foundation to addressing these challenges." -Mark Willis, President
Announcing the 2017 Living Wage Rate in Waterloo Region
The 2017 living wage rate in Waterloo region is $15.42 an hour.
Living Wage Waterloo Region calculation is based on the National Living Wage framework using a reference household of a family of four with two parents each working full-time, full-year. This new calculation reflects a decrease of 63 cents from the 2016 amount of $16.05. Over the past year there has been an increase in household expenses mainly due to a rise in child care costs. However, this increase was offset by the expansion of the Canada Child Benefit implemented by the federal government in 2016.
Thank you to everyone who joined us on November 3rd in celebration of Living Wage Week. Four employers were recognized for moving up to the next living wage recognition level.
House of Friendship - Living Wage Leader
Kindred Credit Union - Living Wage Champion
Mennonite Central Committee Ontario - Living Wage Champion
United Way Kitchener, Waterloo and Area - Living Wage Leader
Check out our latest video!
Employees in Waterloo region share what earning a living wage means for them.