The Ontario Living Wage Network (OWLN) has certified its first employer in our area.
Earlier this month, SIRCH Community Services became the first employer in Haliburton County to pay a living wage to all employees.
In Haliburton County, that means all employees earn at least $19.05 per hour, calculated based on how much it takes to make ends meet and “enjoy modest participation” in the community. The OLWN says that factors in the cost of living, as well as transportation, taxes, and benefits.
“Families who work for low wages often face impossible choices: buy food or heat the house, feed the children or pay the rent,” said Gena Robertson, Executive Director of SIRCH. “Paying a living wage allows individuals and families to cover household essentials as well as occasional emergencies or unexpected expenses.”
The company runs a bistro and boutique market in the Village of Haliburton, and various social services including a thrift store.
“It may be difficult to pay more for labour, but paying a living wage will help your employees remain in the county, remain in your employ, and feed their families,” Robertson added. “It’s one of the best local economic development strategies we can employ.”
For a list of living wage employers, and how rates are calculated, visit the OLWN’s website.