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Hamilton's Labour Market Connection
Vol. 12, Issue 2 (December 8/16)
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What does WPH believe?

Business, Labour & Community: Planning for Prosperity!

City of Hamilton to talk about a living wage for all staff members, including part-time and seasonal
living wage logo Workforce Planning Hamilton is a member of the Living Wage Working Group 
in Hamilton, and is proud to support the work of the committee. Five years ago, when the initiative started, a living wage for our area was calculated to be $14.95. 

An announcement that the wage has recently been re-calculated to $15.85 was made on November 15th.  Over 30 companies in Hamilton are presently living wage employers, including Cake & Loaf, and The Mustard Seed.

The City of Hamilton is setting an impressive example by paying full time employees a living wage.  In the new year a discussion will take place to see if phasing in living wage pay increases for the over 500 casual and part-time workers employed by the City will take place.

To learn about becoming a Living Wage employer contact Judy Travis at 905-521-5777 or by email at: [email protected]

Statistics Canada reports: Number of youth employed in full-time/permanent jobs has fallen during the last 40 years

A recent report by Statistics Canada called Perspectives on the Youth Labour Market in Canada, 1976 to 2015 reports that
the decline in youth full-time employment rates was driven by increases in the incidence of part-time employment rather than by decreases in youth labour force participation or increases in youth unemployment.

Other interesting facts from the report: The drop in full-time employment rates is not unique to youth. Men aged 35 to 54 also experienced a decline in their full-time employment rate.
Get moving...in your workplace!

Interested in reducing sedentary behaviour (sitting less!) in your workplace? It may not be as challenging as you think!
Sitting has been called the new smoking.

Research shows that high levels of sitting are linked with obesity, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers.   Even for people who are active, sitting for long periods of time can put them at risk.  Canadians spend more than half of their waking hours sitting. They also spend half of these waking hours at work. 

The work environment can considerably influence an employee's health which in turn can impact absenteeism, healthcare claims, and productivity.

There are a number of ways that employers can create a culture and work environment that supports breaking up sitting time without impacting work.

If your organization is interested in resources and learning more about what they can do in the coming year to
decrease sedentary behaviour in the workplace, please email: [email protected]
Learn more about the work of WPH. Call 905.521.5777
or email: [email protected]



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