Region of Waterloo is a Living Wage Employer

Posted on Tuesday November 15, 2022

Waterloo Region – The Region of Waterloo is the largest municipality in Ontario to become living wage certified. The Region is also the only municipal government to be certified at the highest level, where all full-time, part-time, and contract staff earn at least a living wage.

A living wage is what individuals need to earn to cover the actual costs of living in their community. The Ontario Living Wage Network announced this week that the living wage rate for Waterloo Region is $19.95 an hour. This rate, recalculated biannually, increased 16 per cent from 2021.

“We are proud to add our name to the list of many local organizations and companies certified as Living Wage employers,” said Regional Chair Karen Redman. “It is important that the Region continues to reflect community values, as well as attract and support the staff and contractors that serve residents every day.”

Terms and conditions will be updated for vendors to commit to paying all non-student employees working at a Regional facility a living wage. Being a living wage employer increases access to a living wage for contracted service providers, improving access to a living wage for local residents.

Access to a living wage is a key social determinant of health that contributes to improved resident health and wellbeing. Through an upstream approach, earning a living wage has the potential to reduce the need to access other health and social services. Higher income contributes to a healthier life for residents and their families.

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