What does it take to make ends meet in Perth and Huron Counties?

That was the central question of a Living Wage Week event put on by the Social Research Planning Council and the United Way Perth-Huron in Stratford Thursday.

It was announced that, in order to get by, the newly calculated living wage in Perth and Huron Counties is $17.44 per hour.

To come up with that figure, researchers took into account the monthly costs of a family of four with both adults working full-time for 35 hours a week once government transfers and deductions are considered.

They say the living wage reflects the point at which a household in Huron and Perth can afford to meet its basic needs including food, housing, utilities, childcare, and transportation.

Minimum wage in Ontario is currently $14.00 an hour.