Living Wage Kingston


Living Wage Kingston is a group of individuals and partner organizations. Some of us have been involved in the Kingston Community Roundtable on Poverty Reduction, whose groundbreaking work on the Kingston Living Wage culminated in the 2011 report A Living Wage for Kingston. The detailed research study was conducted in partnership with – and published by – the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. 


Our local partners include: Social Planning Council of Kingston and District; Labour Council, Social issues Networking Group (SING) and Concerned citizens.

Other communities such as Hamilton and Ottawa in Ontario and across Canada are calculating their own living wage amounts based on local costs of living. In 2010, New Westminster and Esquimalt in British Columbia became the first two municipalities in Canada to pass living wage policies -- all municipal staff, including contracted service staff, will be paid a living wage. The idea is to get municipalities to do the right thing, leading by example.

In the United States some 140 cities from Los Angeles to Miami to Boston have adopted Living Wage policies.