Living Wage

Calgary’s 2018 Living Wage is $16.45/hour

According to the Alberta Minimum Wage Profile April 2015 – March 2016, 3.1% of Albertans earn a minimum wage, nearly half (45%) of minimum wage earners are not teenagers, but are parents themselves.  Meeting even the most basic needs for a family earning minimum wage is a struggle across the province.   Simply working is not enough to keep families out of poverty in our city.

In August of 2018 the Federal Government released the Market Basket Measure as Canada’s official poverty line, and will be using it to measure the targets outlined in “Opportunity for All,” Canada’s National Poverty Reduction Strategy. Statistics Canada defines the market basket measure threshold for Calgary as $40, 207. The Government of Alberta legislated an increase of the provincial minimum wage to $15.00/hour on October 1, 2018.

To learn more about a Living Wage in Calgary, download our Living Wage Report.

Click here for a summary of the 2016 Living Wage Stakeholder Engagement process.