October is End Poverty Month

Join us to learn, engage and act on poverty reduction in our community

26 September 2023

Calgary's skyline with houses in the foreground

Here's what we know: about 1 in 10 people live in poverty in our city, but we know that there are even more who cannot meet their basic needs, especially with the current cost of living crisis. Another thing we know is that many factors contribute to poverty, but there are just as many solutions.

Mayor Jyoti Gondek has proclaimed October as End Poverty Month to raise awareness. It is centred around the United Nations International Day for the Eradication of Poverty held every year on October 17. Hear what she has to say about poverty in our city in the video below.

Throughout this month, Vibrant Communities Calgary will be working to amplify the voices of lived experience of poverty and highlight the root causes of poverty, as well as poverty reduction efforts.

Join us to learn, engage and act on poverty reduction in our community:

  • Follow @vibrantcalgary on social media.
  • Read Enough for All, Calgary’s poverty reduction strategy.
  • Register for one of two online Lunch and Learns from noon to 1 p.m. on October 11 and October 25 to learn more about poverty and Calgary’s community-owned poverty reduction strategy.
  • Take the Enough for All personal pledge. It has actions you can take to help make a difference in our community. It also subscribes you to our newsletter with key topics, community events and the latest news.

The layers of poverty in Calgary

Poverty is about so much more than just income. We're asking the community to look beneath the surface of the metrics to learn the story behind them.