Living Wage Committee

The CAPRA Living Wage committee understands that income is perhaps the most important social determinant of health.  An income level shapes overall living conditions, affects psychological functioning, and influences health related behaviours such as quality of diet, recreation and leisure, and substance use/abuse.
Our goal is to advocate for a living wage for the people in our community.


What is Living Wage?
  • Refers to an hourly wage that allows employees and their families to meet their basic needs.
Why is Living Wage important for poverty reduction?
  • Living wage means access to better nutrition, medication, recreation and leisure opportunities, extended health services.
Why is Living Wage important for the Employer?
  • Improves productivity and employee loyalty
  • Decreased turnover
  • Increased customer loyalty
  • Bigger revenue

Current Activities

  • NEW calculation of 2018 Living Wage Report for Red Deer
  • Development of tool kit for other communities in Central Alberta to use to establish their living wage.
  • Community engagement to encourage the greater community to support local businesses who will be paying a living wage.

Important Links and Resources

Join our Committee!

The Living Wage Action Committee meets monthly and is always looking for interested people to join our group.
If you are interested in joining or are looking for more information, please contact us through our online form.