What is it?

The Living Wage

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) defines a Living Wage as “the hourly rate at which a household can meet its basic needs, once government transfers have been added to the family’s income (such as the Universal Child Care Benefit) and deductions have been subtracted (such as income taxes and Employment Insurance premiums.”

The Calculation

The Guelph & Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination (Poverty Task Force) calculates the living wage for Guelph-Wellington with support from the Ontario Living Wage Network. The Living Wage was last updated in November 2019. 

The hourly living wage for Guelph and Wellington is $17.00 per hour. 

View past reports:
A Living Wage for Guelph & Wellington: 2018 Update (2018)
A Living Wage for Guelph & Wellington: 2015 Update (2015)
A Living Wage for Guelph & Wellington (2013)

View the PDF of the Infographic: Guelph & Wellington Living Wage