Chatham-Kent Launches and Brings on Employers During Living Wage Week

Published on behalf of the Chatham-Kent Prosperity Roundtable
Thursday November 3, 2016

CHATHAM, ON – October 31 to November 4th is International Living Wage Week. Here in Chatham-Kent our local living wage number was recently released during Poverty Awareness Week and the Social Inclusion Action Team of the Prosperity Roundtable proudly celebrated 9 local champions who pay employees a living wage.

The Social Inclusion Action Team is equally excited to announce that 4 additional employers have come on board since the original announcement. Local businesses that have recently signed on are: Clarke Construction, The Instant Print Shoppe, Jayden Construction and Sinteris.

“We’re thrilled with the positive response from the public” said Prosperity Roundtable, Project Coordinator, Kate do Forno, “the new businesses who have come on board continue to inspire us to spread the message of a living wage and the benefits to community.”

For those unfamiliar with a Living Wage; a Living Wage is the amount of money a family or an individual needs to cover basic expenses such as food, clothing, shelter and transportation. It's a wage that allows community members to live an inclusive lifestyle - one where they are able to access the types of things that make for a decent life - the ability to put their kids in recreational activities, to participate in the community, to be healthy and active citizens.

In Chatham-Kent two working parents with two children (one school aged and one in daycare) need to each make $15.86/hour.

About the Prosperity Roundtable:

The Prosperity Roundtable is a diverse group of individuals working together to support, develop and implement strategies to eliminate poverty in Chatham-Kent. The Roundtable is made up of 59 Chatham organizations passionate about ensuring no one in Chatham-Kent lives in poverty.

Contact: Kate do Forno, Project Coordinator, Prosperity Roundtable