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

The Alberta Living Wage Network has developed a standard methodology for calculating living wages across the province.

A living wage is the hourly wage a worker needs to earn to cover their basic expenses and participate in their community.

Note that the following living wage rates do not include extras such as benefits, perks, and paid time off (above the legislated minimum). An employer is eligible for certification if the base pay plus the value of extras is equal to or greater than the listed rate for their community. 

2022 Living Wages*

  • Calgary: $22.40
  • Canmore: $32.75
  • Cochrane: $22.35
  • Drayton Valley: $19.65
  • Drumheller: $21.20
  • Edmonton: $21.40
  • Fort McMurray: $22.50
  • Grande Prairie: $19.65
  • Lethbridge: $20.30
  • Medicine Hat: $17.50
  • Red Deer: $19.65
  • Rocky Mountain House: $21.85
  • Spruce Grove: $20.70
  • St. Albert: $22.40
  • Stony Plain: $20.40

For more information, check out detailed calculations by municipality.

*calculations as of November 14, 2022. The 2021 calculations were valid from November 1, 2021 – November 13, 2022. Employers that certified in that time have a year to raise their wages to the 2022 numbers. Employers certified after November 14, 2022 must have the base pay plus the value of extras equal to or greater than the listed rate for their community. 

 

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