Cost of Living

The communities in the Palliser region are proud of their reasonable cost of living. Albertans enjoy the lowest personal taxes in Canada. Our low personal tax rate comes from many sources:

  • No provincial sales tax (PST). Residents in every other province pay up to 10% on top of the GST.
  • Low property taxes.
  • The lowest gasoline tax rate among the provinces.
  • A single rate tax system, including the highest basic and spousal exemptions in the country.

The City of Calgary¬†conducted a “Residential Property Taxes and Utility Charges Survey” in 2014, in which property taxes and utility charges for an average, single-detached house in major Canadian cities were surveyed.

The results relative to the City of Medicine Hat are:

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