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.
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.
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.
Enviro-Stewards is an engineering company designed to benefit our Customers, Society and the Environment. Paying our staff, interns, and suppliers more than a living wage is consistent with our founding principles and our Certification as a B corporation.
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.
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.
KDCHC services are focused on the health and wellbeing of our community. Our mission is to ensure access to a broad range of services for people who have many barriers to accessing what is important to wellbeing such as good health care, including oral health care; a safe place to call home; access to healthy food and: a strong sense of community belonging. Living wage is one concrete way for KDCHC to support the overwhelming evidence that income is a key determinant for health and well being and an investment in our community.
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.
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.
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.