What is the
Durham Living Wage?

Employers in Durham can make a difference; they have the power to provoke positive social and economic change in their community, both for themselves and their employees by paying a living wage. It is our hope that local champions take up the challenge, and help Durham move towards a living wage for all.

Why Pay a Living Wage?

The positive impacts of adopting a living wage by businesses can be seen, most prominently, in lower rates of labour turnover, absenteeism and overtime rates typically found among living wage employers. In addition, the commitment to social responsibility associated with living wage practices has been shown to improve the image of private businesses and public institutions. As consumers increasingly demand ethical businesses this type of branding and reputation is strongly linked with higher sales and revenue.

Employer Benefits

  • Increased Retention
  • Less Absenteeism
  • Reduced Recruitment and Training Expenses
  • Increased Confidence, Productivity, Loyalty and Team Morale
  • Contribute to Social and Economic Change
  • Recognition via Ontario Living Wage and Durham Region Network

The living wage is built around a model family, with two working parents and two children, aged 7 and 3. While the adults’ age can range between 30 and 37, the children’s ages are selected to reflect the costs of having one child in full-time daycare and one in school during the year. The Living Wage also includes calculations for a single parent with a child and a single adult.

Durham Living Wage Feature Employers

Durham Living Wage Employers are making a difference and encouraging positive social and economic change. Follow the links below to learn more about Durham Living Wage Employers. Community Development Council Durham has been member of Living Wage Network of Ontario since 2016. 

At Pathwise, you’re more than just an account number. You’re a member we care about. That means we’ll go the extra mile to give you personalized guidance and support towards achieving your goals.

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Pathwise Credit Union

As Canada’s most comprehensive and environmentally friendly waste management company, we are on a mission to make the world a better place. We find innovative solutions to your complex waste challenges. We help clients be both environmentally and fiscally sustainable, by diverting waste from landfill and contributing to a circular economy. 

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Rethink Resources

Local craft brewery committed to providing a space that is safe and welcoming to all. Regardless of ones race, gender, sexual orientation, disability or physical appearance.

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Little Beasts Brewing Company

Our MISSION is to enhance local food security and promote self-reliance through collaborative programs and partnerships that deliver lasting solutions and life-long learning.

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The Nourish and Develop Foundation

Programs for at-risk and homeless youth in the Durham Region to prevent homelessness, provide shelter and other opportunities that will support their success and end the stigma of homelessness.

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Durham Youth Services

Carefoote Beverage Solutions was created to offer the best option for turnkey beverage solutions. We cater to the beverage industry as well as food, dry cleaning and automotive.

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Carefoote Beverage Solutions

Empowering Individuals,
Supporting Families,
Strengthening Durham
for more than 50 years.

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Community Development Council Durham

Become a Durham Living Wage Employer

Boost team morale, employee retention and increase your business exposure when you become a certified Durham Living Wage Employer.