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Huron County Now A Living Wage Employer

Huron County | by Peter Jackson  

The County was recently certified by the Social Research and Planning Council

Huron County is officially a Living Wage Employer.

Officials with the United Way Perth-Huron and the Social Research and Planning Council helped mark the occasion recently, during an appearance before County Council.

The designation makes Huron County just the third municipality in Ontario to be recognized as a Living Wage Employer.

Chief Administrative Officer Meighan Wark tells Country 104.9 News that the County must be seen as a public sector leader in paying the living wage.

Around 20 area businesses and industries are Living Wage Employers, and United Way Executive Director Ryan Erb says another 30 are examining the idea.

The Social Planning and Research Council determines the living wage as the amount it takes for a family of four with both parents working, to meet household expenses.

The SRPC recently recalculated the living wage, and increased it to $17.55 per hour.

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