St. Thomas - Local business builds a rosier future for our community ~ Join us in
recognizing Braam’s Custom Cabinets as a Living Wage Employer on Friday November
8, 2019 at 12:10pm, 10 Ontario Rd. St. Thomas.
Over half a million people in Ontario make less than a living wage. Yet, paying
a living wage is more than just proof of a corporation’s core values or the company’s
support for social justice; it also makes good business sense: It increases retention
rates, reduces absenteeism, improves morale and boosts productivity. And upping
the spending power of families stimulates the local economy.
Living Wage Employer Program
Living wage employers are leaders amongst their peers. And, in St. Thomas-Elgin,
a growing number of forward-thinking employers are supporting the living wage in
terms of the benefits it can have for their business, and for the health of their
workforce. The newest certified living wage employer is Braam’s Custom Cabinets. Originally
a three person operation run out of the family garage, Braam’s now operates out
of multiple locations including a 47,000 square foot manufacturing facility, with
3 showrooms including the newest in Birmingham Michigan, Braam’s Custom Cabinets
joins other progressive businesses in our communities in paying at or above the
living wage of $16.57 as calculated by Living Wage St. Thomas-Elgin.
We celebrate Living Wage Employers to highlight the Living Wage Employer Program
and the importance of a living wage to families and the St. Thomas-Elgin community.
Ontario’s 30+ living wage communities and 160+ living wage employers are turning
a basic idea into a province-wide movement.
“We are a network of employers, employees, NGOs, non-profits, and researchers who
are championing and showcasing the growing wave of living wage initiatives in every
corner of Ontario,” says Greg deGroot-Maggetti, Chair of the Ontario Living Wage
As living wage advocate, and Elgin County’s YWCA Manager of Health and Wellness,
Kellie Coelho, knows, “There are a growing number of employers who support the living
wage for the health of both their workforce and their bottom line.”
To learn more about the St. Thomas-Elgin Living Wage Calculation, visit: www.livingwagestthomas.com