Announcement: 11 Local Employers Make Public Commitment To Pay A Living Wage

The Poverty Task Force is proud to welcome 11 new businesses and organizations to the Guelph-Wellington Living Wage Employer Recognition Program. There are now 22 certified Living Wage Employers in Guelph-Wellington. The program was introduced in 2015 when the living wage for Guelph-Wellington was calculated at $16.50/hour.

Included among the 11 new employers are:

  • 10 Carden Shared Space
  • Blais Electric
  • The Boardroom – Guelph’s Game Cafe
  • DUCA Financial Services Credit Union Ltd.
  • Family Counselling and Support Services for Guelph-Wellington
  • Flow Office Wisdom
  • Guelph Family Health Team
  • Guelph General Hospital
  • Guelph Independent Living
  • Transition Guelph
  • Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health

Julia Grady signed on to the Living Wage Employer Recognition program with Barking Dog Studios in 2015, and added 10C to the list this year. “From a value’s based perspective, paying a living wage to our employees makes sense” Grady said at the November 1st Guelph-Wellington Living Wage Employer Recognition event. “We’re working to shift our business model to make sure we can align with the program. We’ve only had positive feedback and impacts for both Barking Dog and 10C.”

“Most living wage studies have focused on why paying a living wage is the right thing to do,” commented Guelph & Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination (Poverty Task Force) Coordinator, Randalin Ellery. “We agree, but we also the clear business advantage of doing so. We feel strongly that paying a living wage is good for business because employees are more reliable, stable, and happy, when earning a decent wage.”

More information about the program, as well as the 2015 recognized living wage employers, is available here:

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