Calgary Ward Poverty Profiles show that poverty exists in every Ward

New interactive tool helps Calgarians understand poverty in our city

23 July 2021

Learn about factors related to poverty in your community. Check out the Calgary Municipal Ward Poverty Profiles where you can find important information related to poverty in each of Calgary’s 14 wards.

See how many people in your ward accessed food resources last year, live in affordable housing units, and applied for the low-income bus pass.

"Poverty is not always visible. Each of the 14 Wards in Calgary have things in common such as a strong sense of community and groups that help community members and residents. These profiles are further evidence that poverty exists in each Ward, where people are struggling with access to affordable housing, mental health, transportation, childcare, access to appropriate cultural supports, and food security.”

Meaghon Reid

The data for the report was derived from multiple sources. Calgarians participated in an online questionnaire designed to give insight into some of the top issues and concerns, what’s working well and possible solutions in each ward.

This information can be used to stimulate debate and highlight poverty as a key election issue with local candidates running in the upcoming municipal election on October 18, 2021.

Municipal candidates can use these profiles to inform their platforms and priority issues and consider how other orders of government and community organizations could address the various issues of poverty.

Voting Calgarians can use the information to form questions to ask candidates how they will support and advance poverty reduction if elected.