If you’re living in Hamilton, you’ll need a fulltime job that pays at least $15.85 to “get by”.
The benchmark wage is according to the Living Wage Working Group.
It says for a family of four to participate in the community and pull themselves out of poverty, both parents must make at least that amount of money.
The working group is a coalition of labour, academic and social service agencies and has been pushing for a wage based on the actual cost of living in Hamilton.
The figure was reached by factoring in an average of $1,300 a month for rent, food, personal and child care; $250 dollars a month for utilities and $665 dollars for transportation.
The figure does not include owning a home or paying down debt.
Ontario’s minimum wage is $11.40.