E4A in Action

Calgary Municipal Ward Poverty Profiles 2021

Highlighting the experiences of poverty in all 14 wards of Calgary.

13 July 2021

Poverty in Calgary - Municipal Ward Profiles

Introduction

Poverty is the condition in which people are without the supports, means and choices needed to attain and maintain a basic standard of living. Vibrant Communities Calgary and the Canadian Poverty Institute are working towards creating a community where there is enough for all. The profiles included in this document highlight the experiences of poverty in all 14 wards of Calgary. Each profile is based on the new municipal ward boundaries, which take effect in October 2021.

Purpose

These profiles were developed by Vibrant Communities Calgary and the Canadian Poverty Institute to equip the community with poverty-specific data related to Calgary’s 14 wards. This information can be used to stimulate debate and highlight poverty as a key election issue with local candidates.

Items marked with an asterisk (*) are defined in the glossary below.
To learn more about individual wards, click on the interactive map to view each ward's statistics page, or start at Ward 1 and continue from there.

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Income inequality

Income inequality is not restricted to age and sex. However, census data only captures these two demographics at the ward level. City-wide data helps us to see that income inequality intersects with many factors.

Average total income in Calgary
$67,741/year (9% are low income)

Average total income for racialized* populations in Calgary
$47,869/year (13% are low income)

Average total income for recent immigrant populations in Calgary
$39,201/year (18% are low income)

Average total income for those with Indigenous identity* in Calgary
$49,475/year (18% are low income)

Emergency Food Hampers distributed city-wide by the Calgary Food Bank* in a year
67,879 (2020)

Appendix

Start at the beginning

Ward 1 is located in northwest/southwest Calgary and includes the following communities:

Bowness, Crestmont, Greenwood/Greenbriar, Haskayne, Rocky Ridge, Royal Oak , Royal Vista, Scenic Acres, Silver Springs, Tuscany, Varsity, Valley Ridge