Enough for All, Calgary’s community-driven poverty reduction strategy gets a refresh
March 22, 2019, Calgary, AB – Enough for All, Calgary’s community-driven poverty reduction strategy has undergone a refresh and has evolved to be Enough for All 2.0. Since its inception in 2013, hundreds of Calgarians and many organizations have been a part of reducing poverty in our city. Yet, poverty is the day-to-day reality of more than 120,000 Calgarians. To reduce poverty in Calgary in a meaningful and measurable way, it will be necessary for citizens, community organizations, businesses and governments to come together and act.
The original strategy was developed through an extensive community consultation in 2012-2013. It was adopted unanimously by City Council and the United Way of Calgary and Area’s Board of Directors in 2013. Since then, there have been many organizations and hundreds of people actively engaged in the implementation of Enough for All. Vibrant Communities Calgary was appointed the steward of the strategy to act as a backbone organization to guide the implementation of the strategy – with the community remaining its collective ‘owner’. The City of Calgary and United Way are active partners in this work who fund the implementation of the strategy, align their work to its goals, and collaborate closely to reduce poverty in our city.
“Since 2013 when the Enough for All strategy was developed, there have been significant changes in the social and economic landscape in our community,” said Franco Savoia, Executive Director of Vibrant Communities Calgary. “For example, citizens have experienced the effects of a significant fall in the price of oil, an increase in unemployment rates, and a persistent downturn in the economy.”
In the past five years, progress has also been made by many community organizations, as well as all levels of government. For example, the provincial government has introduced the Alberta Child Benefit, increased and indexed income support programs to the cost of living, and the federal government released Canada’s first national poverty reduction strategy to name a few.
Enough for All 2.0 is a refreshed strategy that takes into account the learning and developments since the strategy was first developed.
The vision of the strategy is ‘a community where there is enough for all’. The mission of the strategy is to create opportunities to align and leverage the work of hundreds of organizations and thousands of Calgarians to reduce poverty in our city. It has an aspirational target of reducing Calgary’s 2015 poverty level by 30 per cent by 2023.
Advancing the objectives of the strategy will include three goals:
- All Calgarians live in a strong, supportive and inclusive community
- All Calgarians have sufficient income and assets to thrive
- All Indigenous People are equal participants in Calgary’s future
and 10 levers of Change: Adult literacy and foundational learning, Early learning and care, Employment, Financial empowerment, Food security, Housing, Income support, Justice, Physical and mental health, and Transportation. These will serve as foci for much of the great work and energy in programs, services and policy and advocacy in our community. The synergy created by the focus on the goals and levers will move the needle in reducing poverty.
Collaboratives, organizations, and individuals are encouraged over time to deepen and strengthen
their work by living and modelling nine principles: Promoting shared leadership; Engaging voices of people with lived experience of poverty; Focusing on dignity for All; Increasing multi-sectoral engagement; Employing trauma-informed approaches; Mobilizing awareness and empath of inter-generational trauma; Reducing racism, discrimination, and promoting diversity; Offering relevant, accessible, timely supports and services; and Implementing the 94 calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
E4A 2.0 actively invites collaboratives, organizations, networks, businesses and individuals to connect with the three goals and 10 levers of change. They are encouraged to develop shared value agreements between their work and the strategy.
In each shared value agreement, a collaborative/organization/business/or an individual can:
- Publicly affirms one’s commitment to end poverty and align with E4A 2.0
- Documents one’s work alignment with the strategy’s goals and levers of change and commit to sharing some of the qualitative and/or quantitative measures that are currently being collected
- Share in annual conversations to review and understand the work and to fashion a community-wide narrative on the progress in reducing poverty.
Savoia, notes, “That there are unlimited opportunities for everyone to get engaged on this continuing journey to make poverty a thing of the past in our city and province.”
Visit www.enoughforall.ca/strategy to download a copy of Enough for All 2.0.
About Vibrant Communities Calgary:
Vibrant Communities Calgary (VCC) is a non-profit organization that works collaboratively with various stakeholders, 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.
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. For more information, please visit www.enoughforall.ca.
For more information, please contact:
Communications and Engagement Specialist
Vibrant Communities Calgary