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Muskoka Brewery becomes Living Wage certified

Muskoka Brewery is signing on to become the first brewery in Canada to offer Living Wage to its employees.

This morning, officials with the Brewery, Poverty Reduction of Muskoka Planning Team and the Ontario Living Wage Network came together to make the major announcement.

Susan Campbell with PROMPT says Living Wage is meant to offer employees compensation that will help them stay above the poverty line.

Campbell says the wage is planned carefully to help pay for the necessities like rent and food but also provides a little extra money for savings.

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During the announcement, brewery president Gary McMullen mentioned he would like this to be a signal to other businesses in the community.

McMullen says he recognizes not every business can afford to pay employees living wages but this process moves one step at a time.

PROMPT is working with Ontario Living Wage Network to come up with the exact Living Wage appropriate for Muskoka.

They will announce their findings in the next few months.

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