Income inequality, high unemployment, few affordable housing options, and low social assistance rates all contribute to the persistence of poverty in Alberta. In June 2013, the Government of Alberta released Together We Raise Tomorrow: Alberta’s poverty reduction strategy. However, this strategy was never implemented and has since expired.
In the absence of a provincial strategy, eight cities partnered to create local responses to poverty, including Calgary, Canmore, Edmonton, Grand Prairie, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Municipal District of Wood Buffalo, and Red Deer and surrounding areas.
A number of initiatives benefiting low-income individuals were introduced in 2017, namely the Alberta Child Benefit, rebates for low-income earners, and a $15 minimum wage by October 2018.
In June 2017, the Government of Alberta promised $1.2 billion in affordable housing over five years through the implementation of a housing strategy entitled Making Life Better. Furthermore, in October 2017, the Government of Alberta committed to investing $5.1 billion in individual poverty programs and initiatives, in particular $25 per day childcare and new sexual and domestic violence legislation that eliminates barriers to pursuing justice.