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Let’s Talk About Income and Health

November 5, 2018

Many people in our community don’t earn enough at their jobs to make ends meet and therefore face impossible choices like buying food or paying the rent; heating the apartment or fixing the car. This creates constant anxiety about the present and the future. People living on a low income have higher rates of chronic diseases like diabetes and self-reported poor physical and mental health.

Income-based solutions are critical to address the poor health outcomes related to living on a low income.

What is a Living Wage?

Business organizations across Ontario are promoting the concept of a living wage, and encouraging businesses to be a Living Wage Employer. A living wage is the hourly wage a worker needs to earn to cover their family’s basic expenses within their community. The Living Wage in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark is $17.07 and 39% of households in Leeds and Grenville earn below a living wage. (Lanark statistic to be determined)

What can you do to support people in our communities?

  • Find out more about being a Living Wage Employer.
  • Share what you have, help out a family member, neighbour or friend.

“Now that a local living wage has been calculated, local employers can volunteer to be recognized as a Living Wage business.” states Tanis Brown, Registered Nurse.

For more information on the Living Wage and other ways to ensure all people in our communities have the resources they need to live healthy lives, visit our Social Determinants of Health section or call 1-800-660-5853.


Susan Healey, Communications Co-ordinator, Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit 613-802-0550