Hamiltons in Ontario, New Zealand and Scotland meet to discuss their living wage efforts

See the supporting article at CBC Hamilton’s website.

In Hamilton, Ontario we’re striving to make our City the Best Place to Raise a Child. Yet many parents in Hamilton with low wage jobs end up facing impossible choices; buy their children clothing or heat the house, feed their families or pay the rent. Child poverty in Hamilton is very much a low wage story. Many children growing up in poverty live in families with working parents.

In fact, 30,000 of those living below the low income cut-off in Hamilton have jobs, but don’t earn enough to pull themselves and their families out of poverty. This impacts family health, education levels and our community’s future prosperity. The solution is both practical and simple; it’s called a Living Wage.

Isabella challenges us to think about Making Hamilton a Living Wage Community:

In February, 2012 CBC’s the National profiled Hamilton’s campaign to make our community a Living Wage wage city.

How you can get involved:

Living Wage Hamilton partners

Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction

McMaster Community Poverty Initiative

Social Planning and Research Council

Workforce Planning Hamilton (formerly Hamilton Training Advisory Board)