How is the minimum wage different from the living wage?


The minimum wage is a statutory requirement set out for all employers in the Employment Standards Act. It is based on an individual worker and represents the minimum that any employer can pay an employee working in any community in the province.

The living wage is an opt-in campaign aimed at employers who are committed to providing their employees with salaries that will allow them to truly meet their basic needs in the community they live in. It is a community-based calculation based on a formula established by the living wage campaign in consultation with several advisory groups. The calculation is also based on the needs of a four person family with two young children. For more information visit