In June 2013, the government announced the release of a discussion paper entitled, Together We Raise Tomorrow: Alberta’s Poverty Reduction Strategy. Since the release of the discussion paper, progress on the poverty strategy has been slow to hit the ground. However, a recent re-commitment in the province’s 2016 budget marked that the strategy was in development.
Historically, Alberta has been one of the richest provinces in the country, but with the recent economic crisis and resulting unemployment rates, it will have to re-structure past approaches to poverty. Local poverty strategies and recent policies to address poverty including the 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness, the progressive tax system, and payday loan regulations are a step in the right direction, but the government is still lacking a cohesive provincial poverty plan.