Sudbury Living Wage

What is a living wage?

The living wage differs from the provincially mandated minimum wage. Instead, it results from calculations drawing on community-specific data to determine expenses that two working parents with two children have. Living wage employers voluntarily decide that it is the right thing to do.

The living wage is the hourly pay required to cover necessities such as food, clothing, shelter, and transportation. Not only does the living wage allow employees to subsist, but it also provides them access to a decent quality of life with the ability to participate in their communities as healthy and active social citizens.

Two full-time employees in Sudbury, working 37.5 hours per week, with two young children to support, would need to make $16.98 an hour to afford the above necessities and fully participate in their community both socially and economically.

Click the following links to learn more about Sudbury’s Living Wage and the larger Living Wage Movement happening across Ontario and Canada:

Sudbury Living Wage Study

Living Wage Canada

Ontario Living Wage Network

Who benefits from a living wage?

The Workers

-Receives fair compensation;

-Raised out of poverty;

-Better quality of life;

-Improved health;

-Increased opportunities for education and skill development.


The Employer

-Reduced absenteeism

-Recognized as responsible employer;

-Lowers recruitment and training costs;

-Increased morale, productivity and loyalty.

Image result for community silhouetteThe Community

-Greater consumer spending power;

-Increased civic engagement;

-Increased spending in the local economy;

-Improved health.

To date the following employers support the Sudbury Living Wage:




Check out all the Employers across Ontario who are supporting this initiative: living wage employers directory

Contact Mélodie at (705) 470-2173 for more information on the Living Wage and how you can be recognized as a living wage employer.