Add the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce to Niagara employers paying a living wage

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Published March 1, 2022 at 1:28 pm

Lindsey Hendriks, the Executive Director of the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, happily poses with the chamber's living wage certificate. (Photo: Facebook)

While it may no longer be an accurate figure, as of November 2021, there were 64 living wage employers in the Niagara Region.

If, in fact, that was the case, number 65 just joined the elite group – the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.

The Niagara Poverty Reduction Network announced this morning (March 1) that the chamber had joined the ranks of those paying living wages, which in Niagara Region, is $18.90/hour.

Lindsey Hendriks, the Executive Director of the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, said, ” The choice to become a certified living wage employer is directly in line with our vision and mission as it shows our investment towards a strong local economy. The Living Wage sets a different standard and challenges us to think about the social and economic well-being for everyone.”

The living wage is very different than the legislated minimum wage in that businesses voluntarily pay their full and part-time staff the amount calculated to live within their regions based on the area’s cost of living. That amount likewise varies from region in Ontaio.

Hendriks said the decision was based on “our company’s vision is to be the leading enabler of business success in Lincoln and a driving force in the advancement of the local economy.”

For her part, Jennifer Gauthier, the Vice Chair of the Niagara Poverty Reduction Network was happy to have another in the fold.

“We’re pleased to have on-going support from local employers who recognize 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,” said Gauthier.

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