Paying your bills while making minimum wage in the 6ix isn't just hard for a lot of people, it statistically doesn't make much sense.
That's why Left Field Brewery in Toronto made the decision to pay all of its employees a liveable wage.
With COVID-19, it just seemed like the right time to really make that change.
Mandie Murphy, Co-Founder
While the current minimum wage in Ontario is $14.25 an hour, if you live in Toronto, that doesn't get you very far.
In fact, it's been calculated that Toronto's liveable wage rate is currently set at $22.08 per hour, which is exactly what this brewery is going to be paying.
Left Field, who announced the news on Wednesday, told Narcity that getting a Living Wage certification has always been a long term goal.
"We've paid above minimum wage for quite some time and receiving this certification is something we've been working towards," said co-founder Mandie Murphy.
According to the Ontario Living Wage Network (OLWN), a living wage is defined as an hourly pay rate that allows workers to cover basic expenses and "participate in their community."
"The living wage is calculated based on the needs of a family of four with two parents each working full-time, full-year," the OLWN states.
Left Field has become the fourth certified Living Wage brewery in Ontario. They have followed in the footsteps of Muskoka Brewery, Together We’re Bitter Co-operative Brewing and Concession Road Brewing Co.
As for job opportunities, Murphy noted that although Left Field currently isn't hiring, positions could become available when their taproom reopens.