North Perth was recognized as the second municipal wage employer in Ontario

North Perth was recognized as the second municipal wage employer in Ontario

The North Perth municipality was confirmed Wednesday as the only other municipality in Ontario to receive a livelihood employer. On the left is Kriss Snell of CAO, Anne Coleman, Campaign Manager for the Ontario Living Wage Network, Ryan Erb, Executive Director of United Way Perth-Huron, and Todd Kasenberg, Mayor. (Galen Simmons / The Beacon Herald)

The local way of living calculated by the United Way Perth-Huron Council for Social Research and Planning - currently $ 17.44 an hour in Perth and Huron counties - is based on the cost of living for a family of four, each adult working 35 hours a week.

"If we want other employers in our community to align and create a climate where everyone can achieve what they need in their lives, we need to set an example," Todd Kasenberg, Mayor of North Perth, said during a certification ceremony at Listow Wednesday afternoon.

Among the benefits of providing a living wage, Kasenberg says, municipal workers and employees of North Perth-based companies have more money to return to the local economy, but are also more likely to participate in civil society and return to their community. .

Regarding the budgetary impact of raising the wages of municipal workers to the level of this cost of living, Kriss Snell of the CA in North Perth said this is likely to be marginal.

“We haven't really had to make much changes. Basically, it's about keeping up and making sure we look at some of the… student positions that still start below the living wage. We hope to get there through the Unified Path, ”said Snell.

However, Anne Coleman, campaign manager for the Ontario Living Wage Network, says that this is exemplified by the biggest and most powerful benefits of North Perth and other municipalities that sign up for a living wage.

"Public sector employers are anchoring institutions in our communities and it is so important for you to show this initiative and be a role model," Coleman said. "Congratulations, this is a really fantastic step for your community."

The city of Cambridge was the first municipality in Ontario to become a livelihood employer after it promised full-time employees at that time $ 16.05 back in fall 2015.

“We need to think about the long-term aspirations - the long-term vision of our community - (and) what we believe in each other, what we believe we can get. ... when we put that lens on ... & nbsp; it is not the right decision to make the right choice that creates waves of other right choices, ”said Kasenberg.