Living Wage St.Thomas-Elgin

What is a Living Wage?

A Living Wage reflects what earners in a family need to bring home based on the actual costs of living in a specific community. The living wage gets families out of severe financial stress by lifting them out of poverty and providing a basic level of economic security.

The living wage is based on a calculation that draws on community-specific data to determine actual expenses that a family of (2) two working parents raising (2) two children face. The living wage is an hourly pay required to cover basic expenses such as food, clothing, shelter and transportation.

Elgin Middlesex Living Wage Breakdown 2022
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Building awareness about the cost of living and participating in our community

A living wage allows families to participate in the social, civic and cultural aspects of their community.

St.Thomas-Elgin 2022 Living Wage

2021 Community 2022 Region 2022 Rate
Chatham–Kent Southwest $18.15
Durham East $19.05
Grey & Bruce Grey Bruce Perth Huron Simcoe $20.70
Guelph & Wellington Waterloo Dufferin Guelph-Wellington $19.95
Haldimand–Norfolk Brant Niagara Haldimand Norfolk $19.80
Halton GTA $23.15
Hamilton Hamilton $19.05
Hastings & Prince Edward East $19.05
Kingston East $19.05
Leeds, Grenville, & Lanark East $19.05
London & Middlesex London Elgin Oxford $18.05
Muskoka East $19.05
Niagara Region Brant Niagara Haldimand Norfolk $19.80
Norththumberland East $19.05
Ottawa Ottawa $19.60
Peel Region GTA $23.15
Perth & Huron Grey Bruce Perth Huron Simcoe $20.70
Peterborough East $19.05
Renfrew County East $19.05
Sault Ste. Marie North $19.70
Simcoe County Grey Bruce Perth Huron Simcoe $20.70
St. Thomas & Elgin London Elgin Oxford $18.05
Sudbury North $19.70
Thunder Bay North $19.70
Toronto GTA $23.15
United Counties of Prescott & Russell East $19.05
Waterloo Region Dufferin Waterloo Guelph-Wellington $19.95
Windsor Essex Southwest $18.15


You’ll notice we’ve included a new column: the 2022 regions. As announced earlier, Living Wage has moved to a regional system.

Living wage statistics listed above provided by Statistics gathered as of November 2022.

Become a Living Wage Employer

There are many benefits to being a Living Wage Employer:

  • Reducing absenteeism
  • Reducing staff turn-over
  • Decreasing costs associated with recruitment and training
  • Improving employee morale, productivity and loyalty
  • Improving your community profile through brand recognition, being a leader and increasing customer loyalty

Forest City Casting Creating Loyal Employees

As a family run business, it is important to us that our employees can support their family’s and this is one of the main driving factors behind Forest City Castings becoming a living wage employer. We know that with providing a living wage we will create loyal employees to help support our growth for years to come.“  – Devin McRae, Vice President

People, Passion & Family – Steelway Building Systems

A living wage isn’t a new idea to Steelway. Whether it be our products, quality, or wages, the minimum was never a benchmark that Glen White, our founder, strived for. Today we are reminded of the awesome responsibility we have as employers as we strive to provide an emotionally and financially rewarding environment for those in our span of care.” – Bryan White, President

H.D. Painting Going The Extra Mile

We decided that we were sick and tired of just going with the status quo, hiring, them quitting on you, and not being able to provide a living where (our workers) could look after a family.” – Jon Dryfhout, Co-Owner

Want to become a Living Wave Employer?

We can help you get started today!

Contact Donna Rankin

(519) 631-9800 extension 236

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Please note inquiries will be reviewed within 2-3 business days.

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