While the Ontario government has proposed raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2019, a new report pegs the living wage in Grey-Bruce at more than $22 an hour.
The United Way of Bruce Grey updated its living wage rate on Thursday. It found that in 2017, a family of three consisting of a single parent, a 15-year-old and an eight-year-old would need the sole earner to work 40 hours a week making $22.02 an hour to get by.
“I updated everything today and it was just a little surprising,” said United Way executive director Francesca Dobbyn. “I knew the cost of housing was going to have an impact because there is no housing to find for people, but everything is making a significant jump.”
The living wage increased almost $5 from the last time it was calculated using 2014 figures, when it came in at $17.10 per hour. In 2012 the living wage for Grey-Bruce was $15.11.