Kingston Celebrates Living Wage Employers

Living Wage Kingston will honour four more local employers at a ceremony this this afternoon.

Living wage certificates will be presented to Kingston Community Health Centres, Kingston Municipal Non-Profit Housing Corporation, Loving Spoonful and Open Door Media.

"Kingston Community Health Centres recognizes income security as the most important social determinant of health, essential to our community's wellbeing, says Mike Bell, CEO, Kingston Community Health Centres.

"We are pleased to join a growing number of employers across Ontario offering a Living Wage. It allows individuals to feed, clothe and provide shelter for their family."

A living wage reflects what earners in a family need to bring home, based on the actual cost of living in a specific community, to live with dignity and participate as active families.  

In 2016, Kingston's Living Wage was estimated at $16.58 an hour.

"Loving Spoonful is excited to join the Living Wage movement," says Mara Shaw, Executive Director of Loving Spoonful.

"As an organization focussed on increasing food security, we recognize what the research proves -- that food security is directly linked to income. People need to eat well to think well, work well and, most importantly, get the most out of life. We want to be part of ensuring that everyone can thrive and joining the Living Wage movement is part of that."

Twenty-five per-cent of Ontario employees, a total of 1.46 million people, earned less than $15 an hour last year.