St. Catharines moving forward with plans to become certified Living Wage Employer

St. Catharines City Hall

The City of St. Catharines is taking steps to become a certified 'Living Wage' employer.

Council unanimously approved submitting a Living Wage Employer Application to the Ontario Living Wage Network.

The Network considers a living wage in Niagara to be $18.12 per hour.

Currently, the city would be entering the program at a lower tier where only some employees make the required amount and work their way up to a 'Champion' level where all employees and contract workers are included.

If the city moves forward with plans to become a Champion living wage employer, the cost would come in at approximately $567,000, but city staff note that cost would be phased in over three years.

A 'living wage' includes how much a worker needs to be paid to live comfortably within their community and have money left over to partake in other opportunities.

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