Living Wage Campaign for Hamilton
Imagine a city where everybody earns enough to participate in their community. Imagine a place where work lifts people out of poverty. Imagine Hamilton as a Living Wage Community.
Today in Hamilton 30,000 people work but do not earn enough to pull themselves or their families out of poverty.
The Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction, along with their community partners launched "Living Wage Hamilton" on
December 9/11 at a well attended event at the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre. In addition, information on LW was
presented to the General Issues Committee at Hamilton City Council on December 12/11, and was received with favourable interest by the Mayor and councilors.
Hamilton's living wage rate is $14.95 per hour. For more information visit the Living Wage site.
Interested in how youth fit into the Ontario, and our local, labour market? Our November 2011 Workforce Focus features a portrait of the youth labour market in Ontario. The early 2000s showed promise for young people in Ontario with an employment rate of 58% in 2000. But since then, employment has declined to 51% across the province, setting a new low for youth employment in 2010. In the Hamilton region most youth work in sales and service occupations.
Recently HTAB has brought together partners to work on a strategy to attract, retain, engage and develop youth. A plan of action for the next six months is being created. Keep tuned to this space for future developments!