What is a Living Wage

Living wages are rooted in the belief that individuals and families should not just survive, but be able to live in dignity, and participate in their community.

Living Wages in your Community

After months of collaboration, the Alberta Living Wage Network has developed a standard methodology for calculating living wages across the province. 

2021 Living Wages

  • Calgary: $18.60
  • Canmore: $37.40
  • Chestermere: $18.60
  • Cochrane: $22.60
  • Drumheller: $19.70
  • Edmonton: $18.10
  • Grande Prairie: $19.45
  • Fort McMurray: $27.35
  • Lethbridge $19.00
  • Red Deer $17.15
  • Rocky Mountain House $18.05
  • Stony Plain: $17.20
  • Strathcona County: $16.80

For more information check out detailed calculations by municipality.  


Yellow map of Alberta with living wages overlaid

“I believe in paying a livable wage because I think anybody who is willing to work to the best of their abilities should be adequately compensated. I’d like to see more people being adequately compensated and not have to stretch themselves so thin.”

Lynsae Moon, The Nook Café