According to Statistics Canada, persons in Calgary must earn more than those in Toronto or Vancouver to be over the poverty level. The market basket measure used by Statistics Canada is based on the cost of living, which includes food and clothing. The cost of housing and transportation for a family of two adults and two children is also factored into the poverty line calculation. Calgary's average wage is expected to be $55,771 in 2022. That is, if a household's disposable income is less than $1,000, it is considered poor. In comparison, the basket number in Toronto is $55,262. It is $55,727 in Vancouver.
Both are less expensive than Calgary. The basket number in Edmonton, Alberta's capital city, is $55,225. It is ranked fourth on the list. Calgary is the poorest city in Canada. Vancouver, Toronto, and Edmonton are next. Rent and the capacity to purchase cheap housing are causing a catastrophe for people. Costs are rising. However, earnings should generally rise.