Being a Living Wage Employer helps us to retain good qualified staff and deliver quality safety education to the children/youth in our communities.
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.
The McIntyre Group is proud to be a Living Wage Employer and we applaud the Region of Waterloo for encouraging and recognizing employers that demonstrate a commitment to their employees. The living wage is a realistic baseline for living in this region and we, as an employer believe that paying our employees fairly is a sign of respect and acknowledgment of the value that our team contributes to the success of our business. The McIntyre Group cares about our staff and believe that when we invest in our team we get the rewards back with the loyalty and effort that they invest in their work. They are the reason we as a business are successful and paying people a living wage demonstrates that commitment to our employees as well as supports our vision and values as an organization. It also helps to build our local economy in this community.
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.
“We are proud to be recognized as a Living Wage employer in the Waterloo Region. As a small business that is family owned and operated, it is deep-rooted in our organizational culture to provide our ‘extended family’ with good quality of life. Our employees are our most valuable asset and the success of our business is a direct result of their organizational commitment and ability to prosper.” – Carl Kennedy, President “Providing a living wage is a win-win for everyone. In an industry that is accustomed to high turnover, we have loyal and committed employees – many have been with us since the company first opened its doors over 10 years ago.” – Brian Kennedy, Operations Manager
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.