Calgary approves poverty reduction strategy

Calgary city council has approved the aim of the Calgary Poverty Reduction Initiative (CPRI) to reduce the number of people in Calgary living in poverty so that 95% of people are above the poverty line in ten years.

The Calgary Poverty Reduction Initiative, created by the City of Calgary and the United Way of Calgary, spent nine months talking to government agencies, non-profit organizations and front-line worker about systematic solutions to reducing poverty.

They hope to meet their goals by acknowledging that everyone is vulnerable to poverty and by reducing that vulnerability by supporting strong and inclusive communities, raising the quality of employment, and ensuring basic needs are met.

They also acknowledged that Aboriginal people in Calgary are disproportionally affected by poverty and hope to work with the Aboriginal community to develop an Aboriginal Poverty Reduction Strategy in the next year.