Kington Ontario’s City Council will be voting this week on a motion calling for the city to begin work on a Living Wage policy for city employees and contractors. The motion from Councillors Bill Glover and Rob Hutchison follows up on recommendations from a CCPA Ontario report from 2011.
Living Wage policies are already in place with a number of local governments across the UK and the USA, and in 2010 New Westminster BC became the first Canadian municipality to require that a ll city and city contractors’ employees be paid a living wage.
To download our backgrounder on municipal living wage policies in Canada, click here.
To read a Centre for Civic Governance interview with New Westminster City Councillor Jamie McEvoy about his council’s success in passing Canada’s first living wage bylaw, click here.
BC’s Living Wage for Families Campaign website is another great source of information on living wage policies in Canada.