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In Depth: High cost of living in Yellowknife and the N.W.T. still going up – CBC

by ahnationtalk on January 3, 2018212 Views

Increased fees, new taxes coming in despite cost contributing to population decline

Jan 03, 2018

Randi Heisler is one of many people who have moved away from the North, where she grew up, because of the high cost of living.

She says working as a hairstylist in Red Deer, Alta., she earns about half what she made in Yellowknife.

“But my bills are paid. I have groceries in the fridge. I’ve got some money left at the end of the day — and I didn’t up there. There wasn’t a lot of wiggle room, no savings.”

Like many in the North who don’t have high-paying government jobs, Heisler had to work at more than one job to get by. In fact, she had three — a veterinary technician, a front desk worker at a Yellowknife hotel and cleaning offices.

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