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More and more families are relying on women's lower wages to make ends meet
This summer, Alberta Finance Minister Iris Evans confirmed that the Government of Alberta is facing a deficit of $6.9 billion due to a drop in natural gas prices. However, the Minister didn't illustrate how Alberta's labour force has been affected by the recession. The picture isn't pretty. According to current Statistics Canada data purchased by Vibrant Communities Calgary, the recession is having a significant impact on the structure of employment in Alberta. One of the many changes is the significant job losses among male workers.
Income disparity harms families and can prevent women from leaving abusive situations
Last December, for the first time in three years, Statistics Canada reported an increase in the number of Calgarians failing to earn a living wage. The study found that since 2008, 7,300 more women and 600 more men are low-wage earners. Women now make up almost two-thirds of the 65,000 low-wage earners in Calgary and 65 per cent of these female low-wage earners are over 20 years of age. But women’s low wages should not be understood as a 'woman’s issue,' but rather as something that negatively affects us all.