The Alberta Advantage Widens… Further

Posted on Sunday 5 April 2009

As recently as January 2009, the Alberta Advantage stands at over $150 a week!

Alberta wage growth continues to out pace Saskatchewan.  Not only is the weekly average income, at $955, higher in Alberta than Saskatchewan’s $802, but to the end of January 2009, Alberta’s wages grew by 7.9%, well above Saskatchewan’s 6.3% year over year growth.  Alberta is already leading Canada in highest weekly wages, ahead of still #2 Ontario.  Not that wages in Saskatchewan are too bad at #3, but Alberta still pays more, and the Alberta Advantage wage wise is actually greater every year, as their wages spread the gap further over those here.  Was okay when housing used to be cheaper here – but with house prices similar between Alberta and Saskatoon, moving to Alberta to make an additional $150 a week becomes quite appealing.  Not even considering lower income tax, and cheaper gas, in Alberta.

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/090331/t090331c1-eng.htm

This despite Alberta abandoning their “Alberta Advantage” slogan!


7 Comments for 'The Alberta Advantage Widens… Further'

  1.  
    Alberta
    April 24, 2009 | 4:16 pm
     

    Everyone I know is still moving to Alberta after they graduate. Who wouldn’t? You get paid way more and they have big league cities. Saskatoon has to be one of the dirtiest and toughest cities in Canada!

  2.  
    Nick
    April 26, 2009 | 7:53 pm
     

    Interesting, because of Ontario and Alberta’s big populations, as of January 2009, Saskatchewan’s wages are still below the Canadian average!

    And let’s not forget the income tax savings and no sales tax in Alberta!

    I have to admit I’m surprised there hasn’t been a second exodus of Saskatchewan ex pats to Alberta. Regina, with wages higher than the rest of the province, and housing cheaper than Saskatoon, remains an okay compromise. Even if I don’t like Fiacco.

  3.  
    Nick
    April 29, 2009 | 10:13 pm
     

    Now the Calgary Herald picks up on the story… only 24 days later.

    http://www.calgaryherald.com/business/Albertans+paycheques+still+highest+Canada/1546277/story.html

    Though the Calgary Herald Story now adds that Alberta’s wage gains now lead Canada into February! Then again, thebench.ca figured it out by January that the claims Saskatchewan led in wage growth just weren’t backed up by actual data. That by the end of February 2009, Alberta’s wages were still growing faster than Saskatchewan, just confirms that.

  4.  
    Kelsey
    June 10, 2009 | 12:48 pm
     

    Although Alberta’s wages are growing, they are facing one of the biggest decrease in jobs across the country. The gap between the rich and poor is only growing with more and more people unemployed. Its too bad Alberta charges less tax and offers fewer social programs for the unemployed and so the poverty rate will no doubt increase substantially. I personnaly would choose to not move to Alberta and support the political parties that would not be able to support myself if I was to become less fotunate due to unforeseen circumstances.

  5.  
    Balgonie
    June 11, 2009 | 8:32 pm
     

    Kelsey, a quick look at Alberta still shows many jobs remain, paying substantially above the rest of the country, due to the previous unresolved labour shortage!

  6.  
    Kelsey
    July 3, 2009 | 9:13 am
     

    Balgonie,
    Alberta has been hit very hard and continues to be affected by the downturn in the economy, especially with one of its major industries being oil, not doing so well as a commodity. I’m not sure what “quick look” of Alberta you did take, but as far as the economy not doing so well, many jobs have been cut, especially in the oil field sector, and it is true that there are “still jobs that remain” but the issue here is there are many that will not remain, and while it is inevitable that there will always be jobs in Alberta, there will just be a shortage of them, and many people left unemployed. Where the disconnect lies is that the people who do still remain in their current positions are making a great deal of money that rather than cutting back on wages, there are jobs that are being cut to allow for this divide in social welfare to continue. I also took a “quick look” at the job situation in Alberta, I have posted some of the websites reporting on the situation there, I also have spoken to many friends who moved out to Alberta, called it home, and recently have moved back to Sask, being without work.

    http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Politics/2009/04/03/8997516-cp.html
    and
    http://www.canadaeast.com/rss/article/541600
    and
    http://news.therecord.com/printArticle/561574
    and
    http://www.aupe.org/in_the_news/news.php?id=1037
    and
    http://www.reuters.com/article/reutersEdge/idUSTRE4B878W20081209

  7.  
    nap053
    July 10, 2009 | 6:34 pm
     

    seems that Alberta isn’t winning for persistently high wages, rather that their wages are GROWING!! the most

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