The year 2013 has drawn to a close. One key message we heard was that creating greater income security is one of the best pathways out of poverty.
In March, Voices for Change Halton kicked off local efforts of the provincial Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage. Community Development Halton also calculated a living wage for a family of four, with both parents working 37.5 hours per week and including one child in elementary school and one in secondary school, and the result was $17.05 per hour.
At April’s Poverty Reduction Forum, Jennefer Laidley of the Income Security Advocacy Centre stated: “You don’t have to make people’s eligibility for benefits contingent on their participation in work-related activities. What this does is puts people’s incomes at risk.”