For Immediate Release
March 2, 2016

Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare makes employees a priority through local living wage program

Windsor, ON - Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare is pleased to announce they have signed on to the local living wage employer program re-affirming their commitment to the well being of their employees.

"Here at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare we are guided by our vision for a healthier community and by our three drivers, our people, our patients and our identity," says Janice Kaffer, president and CEO of Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare. "Paying a living wage to our employees is a priority for our organization and is just one example of how we support our people, their families and the community," added Kaffer.

Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare employs over 1100 individuals making them the largest living wage employer in Windsor-Essex. 

The living wage is a call to employers from all sectors to pay wages that are sufficient to provide for basic needs of families. Windsor-Essex is just one of many communities across Canada responding to the increasing high levels of low-wage workers living in poverty. The basis of the living wage is that families and individuals should earn an income sufficient to pay for the basic necessities of life, so they can live with dignity and participate as active citizens in our society. 

The push to provide a living wage is spearheaded by Pathway to Potential, the poverty reduction strategy for Windsor-Essex. Using the national framework for a living wage developed by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and other leading experts, Pathway to Potential announced the living wage rate for Windsor-Essex in March 2015 as $14.15 per hour without benefits and $13.10 per hour with. This rate puts Windsor-Essex as the second lowest living wage calculation in all of Canada and lowest in Ontario. 

Adam Vasey, director, Pathway to Potential says, "Given the vital role that Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare plays in advancing a healthier Windsor-Essex, we are thrilled to have them on board as our region's largest living wage employer. Our hope is that their leadership on this issue will spur other large employers to become living wage champions." As Vasey added, "Beyond its clear health and social benefits, a living wage is important for economic development, as it helps to build a fairer, more inclusive local economy."
For more information, contact:

Bill Marra
Vice President External Affairs, Innovation & Philanthropy,
(519) 919-0033

Adam Vasey
Director, Pathway to Potential
Office: (519) 255-6545 ext. 6953
Mobile: (519) 562-8668

About Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare
Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare is a premium healthcare centre offering Rehabilitation Services; Specialized Mental Health & Addictions; Complex Medical and Palliative Care; and Children and Youth Mental Health Services. HDGH has a unique blended model of specialized inpatient beds; outpatient residential beds; as well as outpatient and community services. 

About Pathway to Potential - Windsor Essex County's Poverty Reduction Strategy
Pathway to Potential (P2P) works within the community to reduce and prevent poverty in Windsor-Essex. We accomplish this by engaging the community to identify and remove barriers to social and economic resources through education, research and advocacy. P2P is funded by the City of Windsor and County of Essex. P2P participates in a network with other communities across Canada through Vibrant Communities Canada. 

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