Minumum Wage vs. Living Wage

Many design studios and agencies alike are prioritizing equity by raising the standard on intern wages.

A living wage is the hourly wage a worker needs to earn to cover their basic expenses and participate in their community.  A living wage is not the same as the minimum wage ($16.55/hr), which is the legislated minimum all employers must pay and is set by the provincial government. The living wage reflects what people need to earn to cover the actual costs of living in their community.

As of November 2023, the Toronto Living Wage is $25.05/hr—an 8.2% increase from 2022.

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About Pay — Design Interns

Pay Design Interns was inspired by Barron Webster's Pay Interns (NYC) and created by Dr. Ana Rita Morais, Associate Dean for the School of Design at George Brown College.

Pay Design Interns was established on the traditional territory of many nations including the Mazina'iga-ziibing Misi-zaagiwininiwag (Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation), the ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᒃ (Anishnaabeg), the ᐅᒋᑉᐧᐁ (ᒋᑉᐯᐧᐊ) (Chippewa), the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples.

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