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Wednesday, November 07, 2018

What Does it Take to Make Ends Meet in Huron and Perth Counties? Goderich Event Announces Living Wage, Brings Attention to Important Issue

What does it take to make ends meet in our communities?

That was the central question of a Living Wage Week event in Goderich hosted by the Social Research Planning Council (SRPC) and United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) at Libro Credit Union on Wednesday. The answer came in the form of the announcement of the newly calculated Living Wage for Huron and Perth Counties of $17.44 per hour.

“We feel this is an important discussion to have in our communities,” says SRPC director Susanna Reid. “Numbers show us that about half of households in Perth and Huron aren’t earning a Living Wage. We want to let people know what a Living Wage is, the benefits it brings to families, how employers can become certified and how communities can engage and take action.”

Taking into account the monthly costs of a family of four with both adults working full-time for 35 hours a week once government transfers and deductions are considered, the Living Wage reflects the point at which a household in Huron and Perth can afford to meet its basic needs including food, housing, utilities, childcare and transportation. The Living Wage encourages families to participate in the economic and social life of their communities, is voluntary for employers and is adjusted regularly to reflect increases in the cost of living. The new standardized calculation applies province-wide across all communities that are part of the Ontario Living Wage Network.

“As an organization we support the Living Wage,” adds Marty Rops, Regional Manager at Libro Credit Union. “It aligns with our compensation philosophy of establishing a positive work environment and providing competitive wages which helps us attract and keep great staff; and we believe it strengthens the communities we passionately serve. We recognize different businesses will make their own decisions about the best way to contribute to the health of their communities and Libro encourages that conversation always.”

The SRPC is operated by United Way and is comprised of volunteer community representatives dedicated to the collection, analysis and distribution of information relating to local social trends. Research enables UWPH to discover and understand the root causes of issues affecting Perth-Huron and in turn mobilize the community.

United Way Perth-Huron is 100% local and supports 48 organizations and services across Perth and Huron Counties that address #unignorable issues in our communities. To help UWPH support these services, donations are gladly accepted. Call (519) 271-7730 / 1-877-818-8867, mail to 32 Erie Street, Stratford, ON N5A 2M4 or visit
perthhuron.unitedway.ca.

For more information, or to set up an interview with SRPC Director Susanna Reid, please call 519-271-7730 ext 228 or email sreid@perthhuron.unitedway.ca. To set up an interview with UWPH Executive Director Ryan Erb, please call 1-877-818-8867 or 519-271-7730 ext 222, or email info@perthhuron.unitedway.ca.
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