Naturally, one would hope employment provides opportunity and (at very least) wages that reflect the economic realities of day-to-day life.
Having said that, it seems difficult to justify the expectation of Ontario's employment standards (minimum wage) against a reality where many full-time employees struggle to pay their bills and provide the necessities for their families without secondary or weekend employment. In short, many are simply working 'poor'.
As entrepreneurs, my wife Debra and I know our business ventures need to do more than meet minimum standards. We've voluntarily committed to the "living wage" model and we encourage fellow employers to consider doing the same. Our internal policy has set the stage for a more desirable workplace and since it's implementation we have seen positive impacts in focus, workplace morale, overall productivity and a reduction in employee turnover.
As people, we are conscious of our social responsibilities and recognize the positive influence personal 'livability' has on inclusive communities.
While the City of Hamilton considers a municipal "Living Wage" policy, it is important to point out the example of leadership that all employers can show when making a move from traditional "minimum" base models and truly strengthening the healthy, and vibrant communities we all desire to live within.
Learn more about "Living Wage" from LIVING WAGE HAMILTON