Living-wage policies gain traction But business group says ‘very flawed’ policies increase unemploymentBy Shannon Klie09/22/2008|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/26/2008 Joe Ceci would like the City of Calgary to spend more money on labour.The alderman wants to see his city adopt a living-wage policy. A living wage, often higher than the minimum wage, is the amount an individual needs to earn to afford to live without social assistance or food banks. There are 139 cities and counties in the United States with a living-wage policy, yet none in Canada has a similar policy.But that could change as at least four jurisdictions — Calgary, Hamilton, Waterloo Region in Ontario and the Town of Pelham, Ont. — are currently considering living-wage policies for employees and contractors. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.