Calgary considers living wage

Full-time workers need $12 an hour to rise above poverty line
||Last Updated: 05/07/2008

The City of Calgary is debating implementing a living wage for all city employees and those who work for city suppliers.

A Calgarian, working full time, needs to earn $12 an hour ($13.25 without benefits) to reach the poverty line as determined by the low income cut off but the province's minimum wage is $8.40 an hour.

Despite Calgary's booming economy, 34,800 workers in Calgary over the age of 25 make less than $12 an hour, according to Statistics Canada, and 13 per cent of Calgarians live in poverty.