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Central Alberta Poverty Reduction Alliance-A Living Wage

Submitted by Natasha Pei on August 24, 2015 - 1:28pm

The Central Alliance for Poverty Reduction in Alberta has calculated their living wage for singles, couple families with two children, and single parents with one child, for both the City of Red Deer and major Central Alberta communities, respecting local realities.  The summary reports break down the calculations for each demographic, while the full report gives an overview of Central Alberta's population, income and employment levels, and family expenditures by category.

The calculations reveal that couple families with two children require the highest wage in every community but Red Deer, and that in the City, it is single adults with one child who require the highest wages.  Wages for single adults were also higher in the rural communities due to housing prices and their inability to rely on public transportation.

Policy Recommendations include:

  • Employers to consider how paying a living wage will positively impact their businesses and employees
  • School systems using the living wage reports to teach the cost of living to students
  • Residents to consider the information in these reports when determining a community to live and work in.

Click on the links below to read more about the living wage calculations in Red Deer and Central Alberta.