“We’re pleased to see local employers recognizing 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.” – Aidan Johnson, Chair, Niagara Poverty Reduction Network.
News from the Niagara Poverty Reduction Network
Posted July 27th, 2021 on Niagara At Large
Flavour Art North America is Niagara’s* *Latest Certified Living Wage Employer
Niagara, Ontario – The Niagara Poverty Reduction Network is pleased to announce that Flavour Art North America <https://us.flavourart.com/> has become a certified living wage employer at the Champion level.
Flavour Art North America is an international synthetic flavouring and aroma manufacturer located in Niagara region. They currently employ 15 full time employees.
“Making a commitment to a living wage is a natural progression for Flavour Art as we have long prioritized and advocated for our employees. After all, our dedication to Quality, Research, Testing, and Safety begins with our employees.
A living wage not only provides a greater sense of financial security, but it also supports the emotional and mental wellbeing of our team. We are proud to be one of a growing number of Ontario manufacturers who are committed to paying a living wage and humbly encourage others to follow suit”, says Stephen Mannell, Director of Finance, Flavour Art North America.
“We’re pleased to see local employers recognizing 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”, says Aidan Johnson, Chair, Niagara Poverty Reduction Network.
A living wage reflects what earners need to be paid based on the actual costs of living and being included in the community. A living wage is not the same as the legislated minimum wage. It is a voluntary commitment that employers can make to compensate directly-employed and contract-employed full-time and part-time workers.
The current living wage for Niagara region has been calculated to be $18.12/hour. If an employer’s total compensation package includes benefits such as dental and prescription drugs, the living wage can be lowered by at least $1.00/hour.
Learn more about Niagara region’s living wage at www.wipeoutpoverty.ca . Niagara-area employers interested in becoming living wage certified can contact the Ontario Living Wage Network for more information at www.ontariolivingwage.ca
The Niagara Poverty Reduction Network is a collective of over 30 agencies and individuals working to wipe out poverty in Niagara through education, collaboration, and advocacy to address poverty’s root causes.
A Brief Footnote from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper –
Congratulations to the Niagara Poverty Reduction Network and to the many private businesses across our region who see what great sense it makes, and what sense it makes to their own business interests, to pay their workers a wage that makes it possible for them to participate, in a more fulfilling way, in the local economy.
And shame on Ontario Premier Doug Ford and his Conservative Government and on too many Cambers of Commerce across the province for working to keep the minimum wage down and leave so many of our fellow citizens struggling below the poverty level.
How the Ford government and its Chamber of Commerce enablers think that keeping so many people working below the poverty level is in our best interests is baffling. All that their efforts to depress income for people does is impoverish us all!
Doug Draper, Niagara At Large
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