$15.85 is Hamilton’s new living wage: coalition

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By Natalie Paddon

What does it cost for a family of four to live in Hamilton, participate in the community and pull themselves out of poverty in 2016?

Both adults must work full time, earning $15.85 an hour, according to the Living Wage Working Group.

Hamilton’s new living wage figure — a 90 cent increase to the $14.95 calculated in 2011 — will be revealed Tuesday.

The working group — a coalition of labour, academic and social service agencies — has pushed for a wage based on the actual cost of living in Hamilton rather than the provincial minimum wage of $11.40 an hour.

Work to update the five-year-old figure started last year based on community conversations and Hamilton-specific data, the group told a Spectator editorial board meeting Monday.

“We’re very confident that this number reflects the people in our community, but we do need to make sure the narrative includes everybody,” said Deirdre Pike, a social planner with the Social Planning and Research Council.

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