Living Wage

The Southwest Economic Region Living Wage for 2023 is
$18.65 per hour.

About the Windsor and Essex County Living Wage Program

The purpose of the Windsor and Essex County Living Wage program is to raise awareness about the true cost of living in Windsor and Essex County, and to advance policies, partnerships, and practices that promote health and wellbeing for our community. The program aims to provide education about what a living wage is and why it’s important. It also encourages local employers to become Living Wage Certified.

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What is a Living Wage?

A living wage is different from the minimum wage.

The living wage is based on the real cost of goods and services in Windsor and Essex County.

A living wage is based on the idea that every person has the right to enjoy good health, relaxation, culture, and fun. It provides the means to raise children and to take part in social and community activities. It also allows families to reduce the stress of living in poverty.

The living wage calculation takes into consideration local costs of living and is not pre-set by the government. This means that the rate varies from community to community and may change year-to-year. Paying a Living Wage provides families with a basic existence. The Living Wage Calculation assumes that individuals and families are taking advantage of every available subsidy and tax credit.

To learn more about how a living wage is calculated, visit the Ontario Living Wage Network's website.

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To become a certified Living Wage Employer, please visit The Ontario Living Wage Network to apply.

Certified living wage employers will be recognized by the Working Toward Wellness Committee at the annual Healthy Workplace Awards. Visit the Healthy Workplace Awards website for more information.

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