The mission of our company is to support local businesses and local community. Our team members are a part of our community and paying a living wage is just one way we give back to our community. Living Wage Waterloo Region is a great initiative and we are proud to be a part of it.
Open Sesame is a progressive business that tries to promote social justice. How could it do that without treating its own employees properly? It would be impossible for Open Sesame to present the exhibitions, concerts, and other programs it offers without the talent and expertise of our staff. Recognizing the value of their labour seems like a good business decision as well as the right thing to do.
GCP Industrial Products believes our true worth will be determined by how much more we provide in value than take in payment. Our involvement as a Living Wage Employer is a small step to ensure all our employees are fairly compensated for their work with GCP. We believe in long-term mutually beneficial relationships as the foundation for sustained success and we believe providing a living wage positions our employees, their families and community the opportunity to benefit long-term.
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.
In professional consulting, and architecture in particular there has long been an unspoken system of underpaid or unpaid internships. This has the effect of creating a false economy for our profession, which undermines perception of the value of our work ot customers and often results in a race to the bottom on fees. In providing a better than living wage to all employees we are taking a stand in establishing fair value for work for people entering the industry and our customers.
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.
For more than 110 years, the relief of poverty has been the primary charitable purpose of the YWCA Kitchener-Waterloo. We provide programs and services to support women, youth and children who live on the streets and in homeless shelters. And we help those who are housed but struggle with inadequate income to maintain their housing and to make ends meet. We see poverty every day and we see what is does to the people it affects and to our society. One of the ways that we can fight poverty in our community is to ensure that our own employees are paid a living wage, and to encourage other businesses-charitable and for-profit – tod do the same. And that’s why YWCA Kitchener-Waterloo is a living wage employer.
Integrity is one of the core values of our Professional Office Cleaning company. We sincerely hope to improve the communities we service as well as the lives of our employees, which is why Kitchener Clean has decided to become a proud Living Wage Employer. We wholeheartedly embrace the living wage philosophy and are thrilled to be partnering with the Ontario Living Wage Network in order to provide employment that will not only improve the well-being of our staff, but will also improve the overall health of the Canadian economy.
Zero Environmental is focused on delivering to a higher standard in everything we do. Becoming a Living Wage Employer was a natural fit as we already share many of the same principles and believe that equipping our employees for success will carry through to the service we provide for our clients.
Paying a living wage is the right thing to do, but also helps us attract and retain great employees.
The 2018 living wage rate in Waterloo region is $16.15/hr.
Find out more about the 2018 living wage calculation here.
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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.