a New Living Wage!

In Chatham-Kent, the Living Wage is now $16.33

In 2014, the Chatham-Kent Prosperity Roundtable and the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit calculated the living wage at $15.86. This year, the Ontario Living Wage Network worked closely with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives to determine a standardized calculation method for all Living Wage partners across Ontario. With this new standardized method, we were able to calculate our living wage more accurately and effectively. Further, we are now able to better compare living wages across municipalities and regions to support policy development.


A living wage is the hourly wage a worker needs to earn to cover their basic expenses and participate in their community.

A living wage is not the same as the minimum wage, which is the legislated minimum all employers must pay and is set by the provincial government. The living wage sets a higher test and reflects what people need to earn to cover the actual costs of living in their community. The living wage draws on community-specific data to determine the expenses to a family with two working adults and two children. Living wage employers voluntarily decide to pay a living wage because it's the right thing to do.

Why is it necessary?

More and more people are working for low wages. They are facing impossible choices — buy food or heat the house, feed the children or pay the rent. The result can be spiralling debt, constant anxiety, and long-term health problems. In many cases it means that the adults in a family are working long hours, often at two or three jobs, just to pay for basic necessities.

How is the living wage calculated?

The living wage is calculated based on the needs of a family of four with two parents each working full-time, full-year. It would also support a family throughout the life cycle so that young adults are not discouraged from having children and older workers have some extra income as they age. Communities across Ontario use the National Living Wage Framework to calculate their local living wage rate.

Want to register as a living wage employer?

Click HERE to register with the Ontario Living Wage Network, and EMAIL the Prosperity Roundtable to organize a recognition ceremony for your business or organization.

Learn more about being a living wage employer below

Want to know the living wage of other regions?

To find your local living wage rate, visit Living Wage by Region