Workforce WindsorEssex has been approved as a certified living wage employer since 2018, which means all full and part-time employees make more than the region’s living wage threshold. We encourage other employers to also register by visiting the Windsor & Essex County Health Unit’s website at

What is a living wage?

A living wage is different from the minimum wage. The living wage is based on the real cost of goods and services in Windsor and Essex County.

A living wage is based on the idea that every person has the right to enjoy good health, relaxation, culture, and fun. It provides the means to raise children and to take part in social and community activities. It also allows families to reduce the stress of living in poverty. The living wage calculation takes into consideration local costs of living and is not pre-set by the government. This means that the rate varies from community to community and may change year-to-year.