Adequate employment is central to reducing poverty. Workforce policies in Calgary need to ensure families and individuals receive living wages and that people have opportunities to develop and refresh their skills through continuing education.
Income from employment that is sufficient to cover the cost of living in a given region is not only vital to reducing poverty but is a necessary component to a resilient city and economy. People need more than the bare minimum, this includes enough income to cover bank fees, education and training, internet costs, and the ability to save for an unexpected event. Other principles identified by Living Wage Canada include a wage that enables working families to have sufficient income to cover reasonable costs, promote social inclusion, and support healthy child development.
Vibrant Communities Calgary is a Living Wage Employer and a part of the Alberta Living Wage Network.
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