Paying a living wage is simply the right thing to do. Our staff is so dedicated to their work and they make a difference every day. They deserve respect and one way we can do this is by paying a living wage.
We have worked to increase staff wages since before we did our first living wage market basket calculation in 2007. We believe it is important to value the skills and experience of our employees and, imperative that we do all we can to ensure our employees are not living in poverty.
Society benefits when everyone who is gainfully employed, working hard and contributing to society is paid enough to support themselves.
One of our key values includes the promotions of social justice. We believe that all people should be treated fairly in all matters of life. One of the ways we can model that value is by ensuring just compensation for work that is under taken right here at our own organization.
One of our core beliefs and values as a company is that work should lift a person out of poverty, and not leave them there. Given so, it was only befitting that we joined this movement and committed to paying a living wage to every employee we have, to champion it with others, and to raise awareness to the issue of needing a Living Wage for all.
United Way Waterloo Region Communities is excited to be recognized as a Living Wage Ontario employer and acknowledges the importance of ensuring our community can continue to thrive.
The discussion at our board of directors meeting was simple: we respect our employees, honour their contributions, want to ensure they have what they need for a decent life for their families, and want them to stay for the long-term. Committing to being a Living Wage Champion is a step in that direction.
As an organization that aims to do its work with fairness and compassion, we must treat our staff in a manner that is consistent with these values.
As an agency that addresses poverty, affordable housing and homelessness in our community, it is important to us that we are champions in the movement to pay workers a living wage. It can be challenging for non-profits to meet the $16/hour benchmark, but is important that all workers – regardless of their area or sector of work – can afford their basic needs and live with dignity.
Being a Living Wage Employer helps us to retain good qualified staff and deliver quality safety education to the children/youth in our communities.
The 2018 living wage rate in Waterloo region is $16.15/hr.
Find out more about the 2018 living wage calculation here.
Enroll in our Employer Recognition Program today – Online Living Wage Enrolment Form
It is with sadness that we mark the passing of our friend and colleague Trudy Beaulne who died suddenly on Friday, January 5, 2018. Trudy was the Executive Director of the Social Development Centre of Waterloo Region and was a founding member of Living Wage Waterloo Region. We are grateful for Trudy’s contributions to LWWR and to building a more just and inclusive community in Waterloo Region.