The CCPA Ontario Office has published a report by The Kingston Community Roundtable on Poverty Reduction, Living Wage Working Group that calculates the hourly wage needed in income to meet the basic standard of living in Kingston.
A Living Wage for Kingston indicates that the minimum wage, despite important increases in recent years, is still far from adequate to provide the basic living requirements of families in Kingston (or elsewhere in Ontario).
Rising costs of living, including housing, food and energy, have not been matched by wages or income assistance rates. As a result, many are forced to chose between food and shelter, or worse. A living wage is an important step toward ensuring that all families in Kingston have the resources that are necessary to raise their children, stay healthy, and fully participate in social and community life.
Click here to read the full report.