What is a Living Wage?
A Living Wage is the amount of money a family or an individual needs to cover basic expenses such as food, clothing, shelter and transportation. It's a wage that allows community members to live an inclusive lifestyle - one where they are able to access the types of things that make for a decent life - the ability to put their kids in recreational activities, to participate in the community, to be healthy and active citizens.
A living wage allows families the ability to live a life of dignity,
The income that a living wage provides is modest and does not cover additional expenses such as:
- Debt repayment from credit cards, loans or other interest payments
- Future savings for home ownership, retirement or children's post-secondary education
- Anything beyond minimal recreation, entertainment and holiday costs
- Costs of caring for a disabled, seriously ill or elderly family member.
Local employers who are early supporters of a Living Wage for Chatham-Kent are:
- Bouma Builders Inc.
- Chatham-Kent Children's Services
- Chatham-Kent Legal Clinic
- CLAC - Chatham-Kent Regional Member Centre
- Clarke Construction
- Instant Print Shoppe
- Jayden Construction
- Junctura Inc. Group
- Libro Credit Union
- Mainstreet Credit Union
- Owen Flooring
- Radiance Massage Therapy & Spa Inc.
- United Way of Chatham-Kent
If you are interested in learning how the community committee walked through the process of developing a living wage for this region Click here for the report on that initial consultation.