Sudbury Living Wage

What is a living wage?

The living wage is different than the provincially mandated minimum wage. Instead, it is based on a calculation that draws on community-specific data to determine actual expenses that a family of two working parents raising two children face. Living wage employers voluntarily decide that it’s the right thing to do.

The living wage is the hourly pay required to cover basic expenses such as food, clothing, shelter and transportation. It’s a wage that allows employees not just to subsist but, also, to have access to the type of things that make for a decent quality of life: the ability for a family to participate in the community, to be healthy and active social citizens.

In Sudbury, two full-time workers, at 37.5hrs/week, supporting two children aged seven and three, need to make $16.18/hour to afford the basic necessities to participate fully in the 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?

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-Receives fair compensation;

-Raised out of poverty;

-Better quality of life;

-Improved health;

-Increased opportunities for education and skill development.


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-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.