Living Wage Week

From November 2nd to 8th, communities across Canada are celebrating Living Wage Week! The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) defines the living wage as “the hourly rate at which a household can meet its basic needs, once government transfers have been added to the family’s income (such as the Universal Child Care Benefit) and deductions have been subtracted (such as EI premiums.” In 2013, the Poverty Task Force calculated the living wage for Guelph & Wellington to be $15.95/hour. The full calculation report can be found here:

To learn about the living wage in Canada, including other communities calculations and employers that are paying a living wage, visit

Are you an EMPLOYER that is currently paying the living wage or are interested in learning more?

The Poverty Task Force is currently developing a Living Wage Employer Recognition Program for living wage employers. The PTF is inviting employers who are currently paying the living wage ($15.95/hour, not including benefits) or who are interested in finding out more about the living wage to contact us by filling out the survey at the following link:

Are you a EMPLOYEE working full-time & making less than the living wage ($15.95/hour)?

The Poverty Task Force is inviting people with current or recent experience working full-time and making less than $15.95/hour (not including benefits) to share their stories about the impact this has had on you and your family. Please visit the following link for the survey:

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