MCC Ontario supports the Ontario Government’s measures to strengthen employment standards, including raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, announced on May 30.
MCC promotes relief, development and peace in the name of Christ. Fostering sustainable livelihoods underpins MCC’s development work around the world and in Ontario.
For most people in Ontario, paid employment is central to achieving a sustainable livelihood. But too many people are working in low paid jobs with inadequate protections and few if any benefits. The rise in such precarious work has become a widely recognized problem in Ontario and across Canada. If paid work is truly to be a path out of poverty that needs to change.
That is why MCC has played a leadership role in helping build the living wage movement in Ontario (www.ontariolivingwage.ca). Living wage employers voluntarily commit to pay all their workers an hourly wage sufficient to cover basic needs and be able to participate in community life. Living wage rates are calculated based on actual costs in local communities. Current living wage rates across Ontario are already above the proposed $15 an hour minimum wage due to come in January 2019.
MCCO has implemented living wage for our Ontario staff. And we join with other living wage employers, such as Kindred Credit Union, Menno S. Martin and Grosche International in supporting the Ontario Government’s plan to improve wages and working conditions for Ontario workers.