St. Thomas and Elgin study shows living wage is well above minimum

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By Ben Forrest

A living wage is about more than making ends meet.

It’s about making enough to cover basic necessities and adequately participate in community life.

And a new study led by YWCA Pathways to Prosperity shows that kind of lifestyle is out of reach for families trying to get by on minimum wage.

The study pegs a living wage in St. Thomas-Elgin at $16.47 per hour for a family of four with two parents and two children aged three and seven.

That’s nearly five and a half dollars above Ontario’s $11 minimum.

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Article and image source: St. Thomas Times Journal

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