Women's economic security

Helping lift women out of poverty, get fair pay for their work and create businesses that boost Alberta’s economy.

Alberta women generally earn higher hourly wages than women in other provinces. They also earn less on average than Alberta men for the same or substantially similar work. The pay gap between men and women is about 40%.

Women’s wages also tend to cluster at the bottom end of the pay scale. They are more than 60% of minimum wage earners and overrepresented in low-paying careers. This happens even though Alberta women tend to be highly educated.

The result is many women are experiencing poverty, and the number rises among single moms

A variety of barriers make it harder for Alberta women to get fair pay or to advance in their careers. Some of these barriers can be dealt with at the level of government. These include:

  • Working on a child care framework with Human Services. Women in Alberta spend twice as many hours on unpaid work like chores and child care as men (35 hours for women vs. 17 hours for men). That extra burden stops some women from reaching their goals – or providing enough for their families. Quality, affordable child care can help more mothers enter the workforce or advance in their careers.
  • Joining government partners on strategies to reduce poverty. One way to reduce poverty is to increase the minimum wage, which the government intends to do over the next few years. Another is to help refugees to settle and to be sure they have the supports they need to thrive.
  • Supporting women entrepreneurs to grow their businesses. Small business owners employ about 95% of Albertans. Women entrepreneurs can add another $2 billion to the national economy by increasing their revenue by 20%. Getting women the support they need to expand their businesses is good for women and good for Alberta.
  • Redesigning the Persons Case Scholarship (0.2 MB)
  • Working to identify and reduce barriers that limit women from being in the workforce or earning their fair share. Strategies include poverty reduction, refugee settlement and, increasing minimum wage