A living wage is not the same as the minimum wage -- a living wage reflects what earners in a family need to bring home based on the actual costs of living in a specific community. The living wage is a call to employers to pay wages to employees that are sufficient to provide the basics to families with children.
Working in collaboration with other municipalities, Vibrant Communities Calgary has adopted the new standardized methodology to calculate the living wage rate for Calgary. The 2020 living wage is $20.69 per hour, a substantial 27% increase from the 2018 rate of $16.45, and a difference of 39% from Alberta’s minimum wage of $15 per hour. Learn more in the 2020 Living Wage Brief.