The Alberta Living Wage Network released the new living wages for 2023 in collaboration with 16 municipalities and organizations. 

The organization defines a living wage as the wage a worker needs to cover their basic expenses and have a modest standard of living once government transfers have been added and taxes have been subtracted.  

Here’s a look at how Albertan municipalities stack up:  

  • Brooks, $19.05 
  • Calgary, $23.70 
  • Canmore, $38.80 
  • Drayton Valley, $19.55 
  • Edmonton, $22.25 
  • Fort McMurray, $24.50 
  • Grande Prairie, $18.90 
  • High River, $21.70 
  • Jasper, $24.90 
  • Lac La Biche County, $21.60 
  • Lethbridge, $20.60 
  • Medicine Hat, $17.35 
  • Red Deer, $18.75 
  • Spruce Grove, $21.00 
  • St. Albert, $23.80 
  • Stony Plain, $21.10 

“Despite increasing costs on just about everything – particularly shelter – we did see some things that put downward pressure on the living wages. Government affordability measures and the Canada Dental Benefit have helped families. What’s missing in Alberta is any real action on increasing minimum wage despite every single other province making increases,” said Ryan Lacanilao, Coordinator, Alberta Living Wage Network.  

The calculation is based on the income needs of three household types: a two-parent family with two young children; a lone-parent family with one child; and a single individual. It assumes that each adult is working full-time hours and includes savings for unexpected costs, continuing education, childcare, and a small amount which allows people to participate in the community.