The KW-Multicultural Centre is committed to fostering equitable work environments for new Canadians. We practice our values by ensuring that the diversity of our clientele is reflected in the diversity of our staff and volunteers. One of our mandates is to help new Canadians find meaningful, fair-paying employment commensurate with the skills they have brought from home. This work starts with our own employees, ensuring they have the workplace benefits and wages to continue doing good work.
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 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.
Executive DirectorSocial Planning Council of Cambridge and North Dumfries
Being a Living Wage Employer is important to Langs as we strive to grow healthier communities by addressing the social determinants of health. Paying the living wage recognizes the important work our employees do in the community.
Our Community Foundation is proud to be a member of Living Wage Waterloo Region and to invest in the well-being of our staff and community. This initiative connects to the essence of what community foundations are all about; working together to build strong communities now and forever. It is with that in mind that your Community Foundation works each day to connect people to each other and to organizations and programs that make great things happen in Cambridge and North Dumfries. Identifying needs, funding a wide range of programs and helping donors make lasting contributions.
Executive DirectorCambridge and North Dumfries Community Foundation
We all know intuitively that an individual’s best work emanates from the sense of being truly valued and appreciated by his or her employer. The Café Joy brand is about spreading joy to our customers, and we really can’t expect our employees to spread joy authentically and whole heartedly if they don’t feel joy themselves. Paying a living wage thus became a non-negotiable element of our brand and an integral part of our business model. We made a commitment early on that Café Joy will always pay living wages to all of its employees.
Paying a living wage aligns with our values at Kindred Credit Union. We believe our members would expect nothing less of us in caring for our staff members. We are excited to be a leading example in our community through this tangible expression of social justice.
Chief Executive OfficerKindred Credit Union
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.
ProprietorOpen Sesame: Art, Books, and ObjectsKitchener, Ontario
Even though we’re a small not for profit organizations, I have always taken the current living wage rates into consideration when hiring for entry level positions to ensure that people can afford to live on what I can afford to pay.
Executive DirectorWorkforce Planning Board Waterloo Wellington Dufferin
MCCO is committed to being a living wage employer. As an organization working to reduce poverty, foster sustainable livelihoods and promote justice we are committed to compensating our staff in a fair and equitable manner.
Executive DirectorMennonite Central Committee Ontario
The 2017 living wage rate in Waterloo region is $15.42
Please click here for more details on the 2017 living wage calculation.