MEDIA: Kingston Celebrates Its Newest Living Wage Employer

MEDIA: Kingston Celebrates Its Newest Living Wage Employer

Posted November 3, 2020 Category: News & Updates

The following press release was circulated by Living Wage Kingston on November 3rd, 2020.

Living Wage Kingston is pleased to announce living wage certification at the Champion Level for Cunningham, Swan, Carty, Little & Bonham LLP.

Cunningham Swan Carty Little & Bonham LLP is Southeastern Ontario’s premier full-service law firm. They have been deeply embedded in the Kingston community for over 125 years as lawyers and professionals, but also as community members. Today, their firm is made up of over 30 lawyers and 35 professional staff. Together, they combine their legal expertise with an understanding of the local community and what makes it unique to maintain their standard of excellence.

Communities across Ontario are responding to increasing financial stresses on families by advocating for a living wage.  Ontario’s Living Wage Network now has over 330 employers registered, 18 in Kingston, ranging from an art gallery, bakery, and fitness centre to credit unions, private businesses, and community organizations.

Why a Living Wage?
A living wage reflects what earners in a family need to bring home, based on the actual cost of living in a specific community, to live with dignity and participate as active citizens in our society. A Living Wage goes beyond ‘survival’ and reflects the notion that every individual has the right to enjoy good health, recreation, culture and entertainment, to raise children, and to fully partake in social and civic activities. A living wage covers the basic living expenses that every human being is entitled to incur and allows earners to have a satisfactory quality of life.

Andrea Risk, Managing Partner at Cunningham, Swan, Carty, Little & Bonham LLP, explains why it is so important to her that the firm pays a living wage to all employees:

“We wouldn’t be where we are today without our people, and so it is really important to us that they be paid a wage that allows them to provide for themselves and their families. We take great pride in finding and retaining top talent who are passionate about their work. It is only fair that we recognize and celebrate that where we can, and that begins with paying a living wage.”

Supporters of a living wage since 2010, Living Wage Kingston works with individuals, groups, and employers to build a more prosperous Kingston.


Zoë Zettel, Marketing Manager, Cunningham, Swan, Carty, Little & Bonham LLP

Phone: 613-546-8079

Email: [email protected]

Tara Kainer, Chair, Living Wage Kingston                 

Phone: 613-328-2901 or 613-544-4525, ext. 113

Email: [email protected]

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Posted November 3, 2020 Category: News & Updates

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