Becoming a living wage champion

Getting involved

Hamilton is joining other living wage campaigns in Victoria and Vancouver, in Calgary, Waterloo and Ottawa. Over 140 cities in the United States have already adopted living wage policies including New York, Chicago and San Francisco. In London England, the 2012 Summer Olympics were the first games to pay a living wage all 130,000 workers. Are you ready to become a living wage employer champion in Hamilton?

What Hamilton Employers are saying about Living Wage

“Promoting a healthy community and building a strong local economy is in all our interests. Living Wage generates local economic activity, because when people earn more, they spend more on local goods and services”.
Mark Chamberlain, President and CEO Trivaris Ltd

“FirstOntario is proud to join the growing number of employers that support the Living Wage campaign. Corporate Social Responsibility is at the heart of everything we do at FirstOntario.  We have a proud history of proving that it is possible to pursue both economic prosperity and social responsibility.  The living wage campaign is very much aligned with this belief and supports our commitment to improving the social and economic well-being of the communities in which we serve”.
Sandy Shaw, Chairman, FirstOntario Credit Union

“Paying a Living Wage is good for business. Staff turnovers plummet, service quality and employee morale increases and productivity improves. The return on investment is significant”
Dan Peace, owner Dominion Pattern Works

“As a small business owner, I see moving to a living wage as a valuable investment in my staff, it’s also a smart investment in my company. More livable wages will result in more livable communities.”
Matthew Green, President of Integrated Active Living,
Owner of
Freestyle Fitness

“A living wage allows for your employees to invest in their work and unlock their passion and creativity. For an employer the benefits are less turnover, more employee availability because they don’t have to take on another job, a more experienced and efficient team. For your clients or customers better customer care and outcomes.”
Clare Freeman, Executive Director, Interval House

Hamilton’s Living Wage Employers

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board25pxSpace Dominion Pattern Works25pxSpace First Unitarian Hamilton

Workforce Planning Hamilton25pxSpace Niagara Anglican

FreeStyle Fitness25pxSpace the mustard seed

Neighbour 2 Neighbour25pxSpaceMission Services Opportunity Centres25pxSpace The St. Leonard's Society of Hamilton

Green Smoothie Bar 25pxSpace Westdale Machine Company

IntervalHouse25pxSpace jayne_industries


Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton25pxSpaceWellwood25pxSpaceHamilton Labour

Good Shepherd Centres25pxSpaceHamilton Chamber of Commerce

Wise & Hammer25pxSpaceCake & Loaf Bakery25pxSpaceThe Mark Preece Family House

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As well as, Halam Park Housing Co-Operative, and Pre-Line Processing.

Recognition Program

Living Wage Hamilton has developed a Living Wage Employer Recognition Program. The program includes different levels that  recognizes the steps employers want to take towards ensuring all workers earn at least a living wage.

Would you like to be recognized as a Living Wage employer in Hamilton?

Complete the Living Wage Declaration 2015 and email it to us at

Join the conversation!