The affordability and livability of Alberta communities is under scrutiny.

The Alberta Living Wage Network, in collaboration with 16 municipalities and organizations has released its list of living wages for 2023.  

According to the group, the living wage in High River is $21.70 an hour.

The lowest of the 16 communities listed by the network was in Medicine Hat at $17.35, while the highest was in Canmore at $38.80.

They define the Living Wage as the hourly wage a worker needs to earn to cover their basic expenses and have a modest standard of living once government transfers have been added and taxes have been subtracted. 

They use the income needs of three household types: a two-parent family with two young children; a lone-parent family with one child; and a single individual. 

It assumes that each adult is working full-time hours and includes savings for unexpected costs, continuing education, childcare, and a small amount which allows people to participate in the community. 

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