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.
The mission of HabitatWR is to break the cycle of poverty through affordable homeownership. Our mission practices and supports sustainability. It is consistent with our values to ensure that our affiliate is a living wage organization. This is the right thing to do.
People are not motivated by money. But you have to pay them enough so they are not constantly thinking about it. At House of Friendship we realized that if we really care about the people in our community, we have to treat the people who work for us well. And they can do their jobs well.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Swiftspace prides itself on maintaining a culture of caring about our employees and our community. It is important to us that our employees earn an income that is sufficient for them to pay for more than just the basic necessities of life, and that they and their families can live their lives with pride and self-respect.
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
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.