Living Wage Study

In 2016, CDCD conducted a living wage study. We looked at the cost of living throughout Durham, and what a family of four requires to meet their basic needs.

At our 50th AGM on October 14th, CDCD was recognized as a Living Wage Employer in Durham Region.  A certification presentation was made by the Ontario Living Wage Network.


Durham Region has it’s FIRST certified Living Wage Employer: Pathwise Credit Union.  View a message of congratulations from CDCD’s Executive Director Hermia Corbette

Durham Living Wage Report

Read Durham Region’s Living Wage Report

Ontario Living Wage Network

Learn more about Living Wage from the Ontario Living Wage Network

Living Wage Employers in Durham

These Community Champions are Durham Region’s Certified Living Wage Employers

Pathwise Credit Union

CDCD conducted a year-long investigation into the costs of living for Durham families, and what two working parents need to support a family of four. We conducted community consultations, and followed the structure set out by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

This project was generously funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and started in early 2016. We were fortunate to have the guidance of representatives from the following organizations:

  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology
  • The YMCA of Greater Toronto
  • Clarington Board of Trade
  • Durham Region Labour Council
  • United Way Durham
  • Durham Workforce Authority
  • North Durham Social Planning Council
  • Nourish and Develop Foundation
  • Health Department, Region of Durham

    The Living Wage report can be found here.