Kingston releases Living Wage update
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 28, 2016
Living Wage Kingston today released Kingston’s current living wage of $16.58. Originally calculated at $16.29 in 2011, the update reflects cost-of-living changes and Ottawa’s new Canada Child Benefit.
The Kingston Living Wage was calculated in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Ontario Living Wage Network.
Why a Living Wage? “Ontario’s low-wage workforce has grown by 94% over the past 20 years,” says Cam Jay of Living Wage Kingston. “Nearly 11,000 Kingston workers are employed in retail, a sector characterized by low-paying, unstable jobs.”
Communities across Ontario are responding by advocating for a living wage “Ontario now has close to 150 Living Wage employers, ranging from operators of an art gallery, bakery, and fitness centre to credit unions, private businesses, and community organizations,” notes Greg deGroot-Maggetti, co-chair of Ontario’s Living Wage Network.
A living wage reflects the income a family needs to get by. It’s based on the actual cost of living in a specific community. And it reflects what everyone needs to live with dignity, actively participating in society. It allows people to adequately feed, clothe and provide shelter for their family; promote healthy child development, and avoid the chronic stress of living in poverty.
“Going to a Living Wage means going beyond survival,” explains Cam Jay. “We live in one of the world’s richest places. How come working full time in so many jobs means living in poverty?”
Supporters of a living wage since 2010, Kingston Living Wage works with individuals, groups, and employers to build a more prosperous Kingston. The Sisters of Providence belong to this network.
Interested in a feature? In-depth understanding of how a living wage is calculated? Want your questions answered? Cam Jay and Greg deGroot-Maggetti will be available to speak to the media on Wednesday, November 2, 1:30 – 3:00 pm in the Vincentian Room of the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul Motherhouse, 1200 Princess Street.