Release of the 2018 Cost of Living and Living Wage for Niagara Region Calculations

The Niagara Poverty Reduction Network (NPRN) has recently released the 2018 Cost of Living in Niagara Region and 2018 Living Wage for Niagara Region calculations, updating its 2017 calculations.

In 2018, the annual cost of household living expenses for a family of four in the Niagara region of Ontario is conservatively pegged at over $71,000. The hourly wage necessary for families with two working parents to meet these expenses, otherwise known as a living wage, is now $17.99.  Four key items – housing, child care, transportation, and food – account for 72% of the total cost of living expenses.

Calculating the cost of living for a family of four in the Niagara region of Ontario is an opportunity for the NPRN to raise awareness of the challenges thousands of Niagara families face in trying to meet their cost of living needs, such as housing, child care, food, and transportation. This annual calculation provides a useful baseline to explore in detail the various cost of living line items and shines a light on the opportunity to discuss and find solutions to help Niagara families address their cost of living requirements.

The living wage calculation report showcases the equivalent wage required by two earners to meet their family’s basic household cost of living. The report is intended to:

  • Encourage the Niagara-wide community to talk about wages, work, and compensation in different ways;
  • Act as a guide for employers who want to pay their workers a local living wage in the Niagara context; and
  • Generate discussion about other public policy changes required in Niagara, to support the cost of living affordability, such as public transportation, housing, and affordable childcare.

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. A recent study found that precarious, unstable employment is a significant issue for many workers in Niagara and has a direct impact on both their health and the overall health of the community.

The Ontario Living Wage Network has recently launched a provincial Living Wage employer certification program. The program provides a voluntary opportunity for employers to become recognized for paying their employees, both direct and indirect, the living wage calculated for their local community. Within the Niagara region, there currently are seven Living Wage certified employers: Niagara Centre for Independent Living, Niagara Falls Community Health Centre, Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre, Pen Financial Credit Union, Positive Living Niagara, Pre-line Processing, and Women’s Place of South Niagara.

Employers who are interested in becoming Living Wage certified can contact the Ontario Living Wage Network for more information at www.ontariolivingwage.ca/

Glen Walker
Chair, Niagara Poverty Reduction Network
gwalker@positivelivingniagara.com

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Youth Focus Group: Help Design a Youth Hub in Niagara @ Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre
Dec 10 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Help design a youth hub in Niagara. What would help support you? Let’s create a hub for youth, by youth!

Snacks and gift cards for attending will be provided. Come learn about joining the youth advisory committee.

Aidez-nous à concevoir un carrefour pour les jeunes de la région du Niagara. Qu’est-ce qui vous serait utile? Créons ensemble un carrefour pour jeunes par les jeunes!

Un goûter sera servi et des cartes-cadeaux serant remis comme prix de présence. Pour savoir comment devenir membre du comité consultatif joignez-vous à nous.

Dec
11
Tue
Integrated Youth Services: Laying the Foundation @ Online
Dec 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Integrated youth services (IYS) often provide a “one-stop-shop” for mental health, physical health, substance use and addictions, education, vocational supports, housing, and other social services. IYS initiatives meet the needs of youth and young adults aged 12-25 across multiple domains of their lives by reducing systemic barriers, including the division between paediatric and adult services, and limited cross-sector collaboration.

Frayme has had the unique opportunity to learn from 10 international IYS initiatives to gain ‘on the ground’ practical information that’s largely unavailable in the literature.

This webinar is the first in a 6-part series and will present aggregated findings on how these IYS are organized and operated. Considerations discussed will include partner and stakeholder engagement, rationales for establishment, organizational principles, governance and leadership structures, funding, and barriers and enablers. There will be time at the end of the presentation for questions.

Learning objectives:

This webinar will allow participants to:

  • Learn about the scope of integrated youth services (IYS), including the principles, processes, and funding sources that guide and facilitate their establishment
  • Differentiate between IYS networks and single sites, and understand their governance structures and responsibilities
  • Explore enablers, barriers, and sustainability concerns related to IYS

This webinar is hosted by Frayme.

Internet, Gaming and Hyper-Sexual Addictions @ St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Upper Auditorium
Dec 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Presented by:

  • Michael Amlung, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at McMaster University
  • Lana Vedelago, M.Sc. Student, Neuroscience Graduate Program

Aims of the session:

  1. Present an overview of prevalence and proposed diagnostic criteria of problematic online gaming, internet addiction, and hyper sexuality.
  2. Expand on the relationships between these problematic behaviors and other issues like alcohol and substance use, impulsivity, and symptoms of mental illness.
  3. Present the current state of research on effective treatment strategies.

Attend the session in-person or remotely.

This session is hosted by the Concurrent Disorders Capacity Building Team.

Dec
12
Wed
Internet, Gaming and Hyper-Sexual Addictions @ St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Upper Auditorium
Dec 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Presented by:

  • Michael Amlung, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at McMaster University
  • Lana Vedelago, M.Sc. Student, Neuroscience Graduate Program

Aims of the session:

  1. Present an overview of prevalence and proposed diagnostic criteria of problematic online gaming, internet addiction, and hyper sexuality.
  2. Expand on the relationships between these problematic behaviors and other issues like alcohol and substance use, impulsivity, and symptoms of mental illness.
  3. Present the current state of research on effective treatment strategies.

Attend the session in-person or remotely.

This session is hosted by the Concurrent Disorders Capacity Building Team.

Reducing Barriers to Healthcare Access for Immigrant and Refugee Communities @ Online
Dec 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Newcomers face many challenges while adapting to their new home and navigating systemic barriers. These post-migration stressors significantly impact their well-being.

Refugees tend to be more vulnerable to poorer health outcomes upon arrival than immigrants as a result of several factors, including: needing to flee their homes due to persecution, war or violence; having lived in refugee camps; and being forced to separate from family.

In addition, refugees face barriers to accessing needed healthcare services in Canada, such as immigration status, poverty, competing priorities, lack of information on services, and cultural and linguistic barriers.

In this webinar, you will have an opportunity to explore:

  • how immigrants and refugees can be negatively impacted, often inadvertently, when interacting with the healthcare system
  • how healthcare providers can help mitigate these barriers to enhance health equity to newcomer populations.

Presenter: Norma Hannat, Social Worker, New Beginnings Refugee Clinic, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

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Dec 26 all-day

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