Income is a key determinant of standard of living and is a social determinant of health and well-being (World Health Organization, 2010). The Living Wage is intended to represent the wage required for a primary income earner to provide for themselves and their families, participate in their community, and have basic financial security (Canadian Living Wage Framework, 2015). A living wage is dissimilar from the minimum wage, which is defined as the lowest wage that the provincial government requires employers to pay all workers. Living wages are calculated for separately between jurisdictions in order to reflect the costs of living in a certain locale. Ultimately, it is a call to the private and public sector to pay substantial wages that acknowledges the requirements to live with dignity and a decent quality of life. Not only do employers and governments have a role to play, but as do service providers and community members to ensure the well-being of citizens

ESPC Documents/PUBLICATIONS/A.06.G REPORTS/2018 Living Wage Final 2.pdf

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