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Cost of Living

As you consider moving to Lethbridge, cost of living comparisons are an important consideration.  On a global scale, Canada has a moderately low cost of living. The Mercer Cost of Living Survey for 2006 (which surveys 144 cities based on over 200 items in each location and ranks them from highest to lowest in cost) shows Canadian cities close to the bottom of the list.  The 'relatively inexpensive' ranking benefits from Canada's stable inflation.

Alberta's strong economy allows it to be the only province without a provincial sales tax.  Within the province you will find that Lethbridge offers many of the advantages of larger urban centres without the associated high costs. The following sites provide up-to-date statistics and tools that can help you to make your decision.

ERI report
Tax calculator 
Salary Calculator

Assess the purchasing power of your salary in Lethbridge

Commodity Price Index - Bank of Canada
Average Housing Costs  - Canadian Real Estate Association ( from MLS Listings)
Energuide heating cost calculator

Average Rental Rates (2006 Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) statistics )

  Bachelor 1 Bedroom 2 Bedroom 3 Bedroom+
Edmonton
$561
$664
$808
$902
Calgary
$617
$780
$960
$884
Red Deer
$531
$613
$732
$682
Lethbridge
$455
$591
$675
$761
Alberta
$575
$712
$868
$919

Utility Rates (2006 Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) statistics:)


  Phone Power Water All Utilities

Edmonton

$23.86 $62.45 $26.06 $151.49
Calgary $23.86 $67.20 $28.35 $141.97
Red Deer $25.16 $61.53 $20.06 $133.64
Lethbridge $25.16 $67.24 $26.01 $150.79