Alberta’s progress in poverty reduction

April 12, 2019, Calgary, AB – Poverty in Alberta has decreased in the past five years, the most in a generation. Since 2013, when VCC released Poverty Costs 2.0, many positive changes have been made by the Government of Alberta including:

  • The introduction of an Alberta Child Benefit
  • An increase and indexing of income supports
  • The increase in minimum wage
  • Cracking down on payday loans

These changes in policies and regulations, coupled with the Government of Canada’s Enhanced Child Benefit, have contributed to child poverty being reduced by 50 per cent.

“This is a wonderful demonstration of the positive impact solutions can have that are developed by communities and implemented in partnership with government,” said Franco Savoia, Executive Director of Vibrant Communities Calgary. “It is our hope that whichever government in in place we continue to advance these progressive policies.”

Read the report, “Alberta’s progress in poverty reduction”, by visiting: http://enoughforall.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Albertas-progress-in-poverty-reduction-2019.pdf

About Vibrant Communities Calgary

Vibrant Communities Calgary (VCC) is a non-profit organization seeking to engage Calgarians to advocate for long-term strategies that address the root causes of poverty in Calgary. VCC is also the steward of Enough for All, Calgary’s poverty reduction strategy. For more information, please visit www.vibrantcalgary.com and www.enoughforall.ca.

About Enough for All

Enough for All, Calgary’s community-driven poverty reduction strategy was adopted unanimously by City Council and the United Way of Calgary and Area’s Board of Directors in 2013. In 2014, Vibrant Communities Calgary was appointed as the steward of the strategy. Implementation of the strategy is in partnership with the community and jointly supported and funded by The City of Calgary and United Way of Calgary and Area. For more information, please visit www.enoughforall.ca. Organizations and individuals are welcome to contact Vibrant Communities Calgary to get involved. Email info@vibrantcalgary.com.

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For more information, please contact:

Stephanie Rosch
Communications and Engagement Specialist
Vibrant Communities Calgary
Phone: 403-283-2193
Email

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