July 26, 2018
The poorest Albertans spend more of their budget on housing than they did eight years ago — and also appear to be buying less food, according to a University of Calgary report released Thursday morning.
Ron Kneebone and Margarita Wilkins, professors with the university’s School of Public Policy, suggest in their report that between 2010 and 2016, Albertans with incomes in the bottom 20 per cent started devoting less of their budget to food and energy consumption — both gas and heating — but more to shelter costs. In 2010, the lowest-income Albertan households spent $41,145 a year. Six years later, that number had decreased to $38,756.