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HDGH Proud to Champion Living Wage Program in Windsor-Essex

Living Wage paid hereHôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare is celebrating Living Wage Week, October 31 – November 6, 2016 with Pathway to Potential to showcase champions of the Living Wage movement. Living Wage champions, including Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare will help celebrate the local program at the Essex County Living Wage Recognition Event on November 2, 2016 hosted by Pathway to Potential and the Leamington Chamber of Commerce. The Windsor-Essex Living Wage campaign is one of the most successful in Ontario.


As of October 31, 2016, the campaign has recruited 41 living wage employers. Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare employs over 1,100 individuals making them one of the largest living wage employers announced to date in Windsor-Essex.

"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.


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 working 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 benefits.


For further information about the Windsor-Essex Living Wage program, please visit Pathway to Potential.

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