The Niagara Poverty Reduction Network is pleased to announce that Out of Town Lincoln has become a certified living wage employer at the Champion level.
Out of Town Lincoln is a quality ground transportation company based in Niagara Falls. They proudly serve locals and tourists alike, and enjoy the distinguished reputation they have come to earn for their airport service, private car service and wine tours. They currently employ two part time staff.
“Even without the certification, we decided last year to adopt the rate set forth by the Ontario Living Wage Network (OLWN). It was more about being a responsible employer and stepping up for our employees and potential employees. Upon hiring, one even congratulated us for paying a living wage,” says Cory Smith of Out of Town Lincoln. “Growing up in Niagara, I had my share of minimum wage jobs and often felt unable to make ends meet. Now, in a position to help make a difference, the decision to compensate my employees fairly was an easy decision to make. I challenge and encourage all other employers to help make the difference, and join rest of us who aim to “Wipe out Poverty in Niagara” by becoming a Certified Living Wage Employer.”
“We’re pleased to see local employers recognizing the value and benefits of paying at least a living wage. Paying a living wage is direct action to address poverty, and helps people afford the cost of living,” says Jennifer Gauthier, Vice Chair, Niagara Poverty Reduction Network.
A living wage reflects what earners need to be paid based on the actual costs of living and being included in the community. A living wage is not the same as the legislated minimum wage. It is a voluntary commitment that employers can make to compensate directly-employed and contract-employed full-time and part-time workers. The current living wage for Niagara region has been calculated to be $18.12/hour. If an employer’s total compensation package includes benefits such as dental and prescription drugs, the living wage can be lowered by at least $1.00/hour.
Learn more about Niagara’s living wage at www.wipeoutpoverty.ca. Niagara-area employers interested in becoming living wage certified can contact the Ontario Living Wage Network for more information at www.ontariolivingwage.ca