How much do you need to earn to live well in Windsor-Essex? More than last year

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How much do you need to earn to live well in Windsor-Essex? More than last year

In recent years, the price of food increased by more than 10%, and rents by about 4% in the province.

The living wage increased by 9.3% in Windsor-Essex compared to last year, and up 22% from 2018.

This is highlighted by the Windsor-Essex Health Unit, which annually assesses the living wage a person should earn for housing, food and other basic needs.

So the health agency estimates that the minimum wage in 2022 should be $18.15 per hour, when it was estimated at $16.60 per hour. x27;hour last year.

In reality, the minimum wage today is $15.50 an hour.

< p class="e-p">The bureau says income inequality contributes to poor health outcomes.

According to the agency, many communities in Ontario, as elsewhere in the country and around the world, have implemented living wage programs to encourage people and businesses to advance healthy public policies.

“The health unit has already certified 35 living wage employers. Employers pay their full-time and part-time staff at living wage in a given year.

—Windsor-Essex Health Unit Report

The living wage is calculated by taking into account the living expenses of the family, and by considering the different sources of income, whether they come from a job, government benefits, health insurance employment, Canada Pension Plan contributions, not to mention taxes.

Certified employers proudly display the Certified Living Wage sticker, to encourage other businesses to follow the example.

“It's a selling point for recruiting and retaining their staff.”

—Windsor-Essex Health Unit Report

Data from the health unit clarifies that the minimum wage is often too low to allow someone working full time to rise above the poverty line.

Workforce WindsorEssex is among organizations that have agreed to pay their employees the living wage since 2018.

Up to now no one in our community makes less than $16 an hour, says Kelsey Santarossa, community development project manager.

“Workforce WindsorEssex always wants to set an example as an employer in the region, to ensure our employees flourish and prosper in the region.

—Kelsey Santarossa, Community Development Project Manager at Workforce WindsorEssex

According to her, someone starting at Workforce WindsorEssex earns between $16 and $26 an hour, depending on experience and level of education.

Ms. Santarossa adds that the new salary scale for 2023 will soon be analyzed to comply with the standards.

We will sit between us around the table human resources to ensure that we meet the standards, she says.

According to Ricardo Tranjan, political economist and senior fellow at the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives, runaway inflation is driving the rise in the living wage.

In recent years, the price of food has increased by more than 10%, and the price of rent has increased by about 4% in the province, explains Mr. Ricardo.

All these increases are taken into account in the calculation of the living wage, he specifies.

If the minimum wage increases only once a year, there is a very significant lag for people on tight budgets, they cannot maintain the same consumption levels, Tranjan explains.

“We wait 12 months to increase wages, while in these twelve months workers have lost a lot of consumption power.

— Ricardo Tranjan, Senior Fellow at the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives

For Ricardo Tranjan, companies have an interest in offering the living wage in order to retain staff in a context of labor shortages.

Companies earn a lot by paying the minimum living wage. It's the most effective way to keep employees, he explains. -Essex (in dollars)

Living Minimum Hourly Wage vs Windsor-Essex Minimum Wage (in dollars)

< p class="content">2018

2019

2020

2021< /p>

2022

Living wage in Windsor-Essex

14.81< /p>

15.15

15.52

16.60

18.15

< p class="content">Minimum Wage

14.00

14 .00

14.25

14.35

15.50

Difference

-0.81

-1.15

-1.27

-2.25

-2.65

Source: Windsor-Essex Health Unit Report

According to Ève-Lyne Couturier, researcher at the Institute for Socioeconomic Research and Information (IRIS), inflation continues to be high. It therefore recommends a regular increase in the living wage.

It is sure that the living wage today would not be enough to meet the needs. The living wage should be increased almost every month to keep up with the rising cost of living, she notes.

“It would allow the whole population to have a more decent lifestyle and stimulate consumption in the community.

— Ève-Lyne Couturier, researcher at the Institute for Socioeconomic Research and Information

According to Ms. Couturier, companies can reduce workers' benefits while maintaining the increase in the living wage.

She adds that inflationary spirals caused by wage increases are very rare. The effect is very marginal, if any, she argues.

In order to raise awareness among more local employers, improve their attractiveness and To set a standard for employers across the province, the Windsor-Essex Health Unit has partnered with the Ontario Living Wage Network.

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