Local brewery to pay workers $22 hourly, first in Toronto to pay living wage

A living wage accounts for the actual cost of residing in a city, enables workers to contribute to the community
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TORONTO — On February 10, Toronto’s Left Field Brewery announced that it has officially joined the Ontario Living Wage Network after it increased its starting wage for part- and full-time workers to $22.08/hour. According to the owners, becoming a living-wage brewery has been a long-time goal for the small business.

“The living wage movement is about more than just pay; it’s about creating a fair and supportive workplace,” Left Field said in a statement. 

“For us, this has meant committing to work-life balance, health benefits on day one, paid sick days, paid educational opportunities, a generous beer allowance and a transparent and collaborative work environment.”

 Living wage in Toronto calculated by Left Field Brewery (Photo: Courtesy of Left Field Brewery on Instagram)

 

Left Field said that the pandemic had necessitated this decision, and credits the hard work of their dedicated employees as well as community support for helping the brewery stay afloat during the last year. 

According to the Ontario Living Wage Network, a living wage differs from a minimum wage in that it covers the expenses a worker will undertake in order to participate in their community. A living wage also accounts for the actual cost of living in a particular location and therefore varies from city to city.

“The living wage draws on community-specific data to determine the expenses to a family with two working adults and two children,” according to the website. 

“Living wage employers voluntarily decide to pay a living wage and maintain their certification as new rates are calculated for their area.”

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