The work of the Enough for All (E4A) strategy may look complex and sometimes it is, but as Vibrant Communities Calgary stewards the strategy, it’s our job to help untangle the complexity and work with others toward clarity, finding ways to shape how we all work together to end poverty in our city.
The ultimate vision of the strategy is that ‘we live in a community where there is enough for all.’ As the stewards, we connect organizations and individuals throughout the E4A strategy, across the principles and 10 levers of change (specific areas of focus that must be addressed in order to reduce poverty). Everyone engaged in the strategy must consider how these levers of change present uniquely for Indigenous people, women, youth, seniors, newcomers and refugees, and LGBTQ2S+ people in our community.
Poverty is the condition in which people are without the supports, means and choices needed to attain and maintain a basic standard of living. We know that 189,000 Calgarians live in income poverty (MBM, Canadian Income Survey 2018). It’s also clear that poverty impacts women and racialized individuals disproportionately in our city.
Poverty and low-income are not the same by definition. However, lack of income is the greatest determinant of poverty. By poverty we mean a number of issues or ‘levers’ such as poor access to healthcare, transportation or housing, lack of opportunity for education and literacy, poor early childhood outcomes, or inadequate income from employment or income supports. Poverty includes many dimensions.