Should public sector wages in Alberta be higher to match a higher cost of living?
As the MacKinnon Panel report on Alberta’s Finances showed, it is a misconception that Alberta’s cost of living is higher than other big provinces. That may have been true at different times in Alberta, but it is not the case today. In fact, Alberta’s overall cost of living – measured by a comparison of provincial taxes and utilities in key cities in each of the provinces – is lower than the comparison provinces.
|Calgary, AB||Vancouver, BC||Toronto, ON||Montreal, QC|
|Provincial Income Tax||$2,858||$2,230||$1,719||$4,483|
|Tax Credits and Rebates||(846)||-||-||(3,168)|
|Total Provincial Taxes||$2,406||$5,607||$5,628||$6,595|
|Household Utility Costs|
|Total Household Utility Cost||$5,267||$4,298||$7,832||$4,479|
|Total Taxes and Utilities||$7,673||$9,905||$13,640||$11,074|
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