This U of C School of Public Policy summary looks at the number of Albertans collecting income support from April 2005 to January 2017. f. The number of people in Alberta, collecting social assistance, increased sharply during the 2009 recession, but did not fall back to the pre-downturn level in the following years. Numbers are rising again. The recent 2015-2016 downturn has seen the number of claimants soar, reaching a high of 54,374 in January of 2017, with no clear sign of leveling of. For social agencies, these numbers signal what will likely be increased demands for their services in the near future.
The Conference Board of Canada on Canada’s Social Performance
Canada is a “B” performer and places 10th overall on our society report card, but poor rankings relative to peer countries on income inequality and poverty highlight the scope for improvement. Ten indicators were used to evaluate the overall social performance of Canada and 15 peer countries. Canada is a middle-of-the-pack performer on most of the indicators—it gets two “A”s, five “B”s, and three “C”s…
Alberta Government News Release March 7, 2017
Supporting survivors of sexual and domestic violence
The Government of Alberta is introducing legislation today that would increase access to the legal system for survivors of sexual and domestic violence…
CBC New ‘Calls to our crisis line have grown significantly’: Family violence up in Alberta Feb 17, 2017
Seniors among those abused by family members, according to latest Statistics Canada numbers
CBC New – ‘Hard-to-house’ weak link in effort to end homelessness in Edmonton, report says Feb 21, 2017
‘The dark side of all this is the fact that we have not looked after these people’
A Profile of Poverty in Edmonton Update (2017)
The Edmonton Social Planning Council released a new report this week which updates many of the poverty trends and challenges it identified two years earlier within the context of broader social and economic trends in the community.
Are you passionate about mental health and patient rights in Alberta? The Minister of Health is looking for multiple public members to serve on the Mental Health Review Panel Roster (MHRP).
Break the Barriers: Millions in Canada Still Struggle To Get By
National data tell us an important part of the story of poverty in Canada. While overall poverty rates have not seen significant change in the last several years, particular groups are increasingly vulnerable… Read Full
Children’s Rights Can Make Canada Work Better A Discussion Paper CCRC January 2017
Could implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child make federalism work better in Canada? Alternatively, do we accept that our federal system of government limits the fulfillment of children’s rights in Canada? These questions were explored at a November forum to honour the 25th Anniversary of Canada’s ratification of the Convention. They are also appropriate questions for the 150th Anniversary of Confederation.
Participants in the forum concluded that there is potential to make our federal system of governance work better through more robust attention to children’s rights across the country. Many practical suggestions were compiled in a discussion paper for further consideration.
The discussion paper is available on the CCRC website. The CCRC will be pursuing some of these suggestions during 2017 and encourages all supporters of children’s rights to consider what they can do.
The Caledon Institute of Social Policy has released their latest Federal and Provincial reports. These reports summarize recent developments in social policy across the country, and the work in various jurisdictions to move the needle on challenges nonprofits work every day to address. These reports present recently released statistics, and puts them into context, adding perspective on government commitments and new and ongoing programs
Canada Social Report Federal Policy Monitor November 2016
Canada Social Report Provincial/Territorial Policy Monitor November 2016
Paperless Petitions Now Available Canadian residents looking to draw attention to an issue of public interest, and to request government action, can now submit petitions online. The process involves drafting the petion, finding five potential supporters and a MP to sponsor their petition, and collecting at least 500 signatures. If at least 500 signatures are received in the time frame the e-petition will be tabled in the House of Commons and the government will issue a formal written response within 45 days.
Sometimes to Hear the Music you Have to Turn Down the Noise | A Game-Changer Approach to Poverty Reduction Strategy and Evaluation
Evaluating Community Impact, Publications, Mark Holmgren, Vibrant Communities
From a poverty reduction perspective, we are inundated with the voices of our clients, our funders and donors, our colleagues, governments at all levels, business leaders and their labour counterparts, and on it goes. And of course, we add our voice to the mix as well. It’s like sitting in a room with 100 people who are all talking about important things but overall the messages in the room are undecipherable.
What we all want to make and listen to is beautiful music with rich melodies and harmonies that move us and inspire us to keep creating, keep singing together. That’s what this article is about: lessening the noise that envelopes us and increasing our capacity to make music together when it comes to identifying, acting on, and evaluating poverty reduction efforts…
Our Community Can Change | When We Work Together Well Paul Born
The Promise: Give People Good Information And Effective Tools, And They Will Organize And Work Together To Create The Kind Of Communities They Want.
Starburst Speak, Share, Thrive 2015
This package included a discussion guide, fact sheets and other important information in an easily accessible format. Sent to Albertans on the front lines of social services, community leaders and non-profit organizations, these materials helped foster discussions about social policy.
Renewing Canada’s Social Architecture 2015
The purpose of the project is to advance public dialogue on our social architecture, and highlight areas where our core social programs and policies require modernization to meet Canadians’ needs. Each report contributed to the project is the responsibility of the authors alone, and does not necessarily reflect the views of the other contributors or organizations.
Updates to The Canada Social Report: A Compendium of Social Information On the recommendation of colleagues at the Canadian Council of the Blind, they added the descriptor “A Compendium of Social Information” to make clear the initiative’s purpose. The new section on Indigenous Peoples includes data that focus on the well-being of indigenous and northern communities
Advocacy Video 2015
Volunteer Alberta and CCVO recently asked public policy experts why nonprofits should engage with public policy. Watch the brief video for their explanations of how and why we, as nonprofits, can magnify our impact through advocacy.
Action to End Poverty in Alberta 2015
Poverty Costs 2.5: Investing in Albertans – A Blueprint for Reducing Poverty in Alberta – Revised Edition (2015) Poverty Costs 2.5 is a revamped and updated version of Poverty Costs 2.0. It includes updated statistics on what poverty looks like in Alberta, updated poverty reduction policy recommendations, and a summary of what Alberta municipalities are doing to reduce poverty in their local community.
5 Things to Know About the New Alberta Social Innovation Endowment Canadian CED Network March 2014
For Albertans with an interest in addressing complex social issues such as poverty and family violence, the news of a new provincial Social Innovation Endowment was a clear highlight in the recent provincial budget announcement. Still, its potential impact is uncertain. Momentum has been watching the issue and is pleased to share with its community economic development colleagues across the country 5 things people in the field should know..
Using Alberta’s Social Policy Framework – A Workbook 2014
Launched in February 2013, Alberta’s Social Policy Framework is a vision for social policy that defines who we are as people and communities. It reflects our shared aspirations for a province that offers all Albertans the opportunity to benefit from their highest possible quality of life.
The Social Policy Framework has a guiding and influencing role among organizations, sectors, and governments. Its purpose is to encourage alignment and coordinated action on priorities – priorities we have collectively decided are important to us as Albertans. Whether you work in service delivery, program and strategic policy development, strategic planning, or make daily decisions in your frontline work with Albertans, the Social Policy Framework can influence and guide your work.
But how? So, we have a framework – so what? How does that affect me? How does having a Social Policy Framework change anything? These are familiar questions, some of which you may have asked yourself.
The Social Policy Framework is only as transformative as we make it. Alberta’s Social Policy Framework challenges all of us to live by the principles we drafted together and work together to co-create meaningful change.
Alberta Social Policy Framework 2013
The Government of Alberta asked Albertans to help create a social policy
framework. The result—Alberta’s Social Policy Framework—is a vision for social
policy that defines who we are as people and communities, one that reflects our
aspirations for a province that offers all Albertans the opportunity to reach their
potential and to benefit from the highest possible quality of life.
Developed with Albertans, the framework will direct the future of Alberta’s social
policy and programs, and it will guide how we come together to ensure that
everyone has an opportunity for fulfillment and well-being. This framework is
for all Albertans—it is a vision for Alberta and its people, and it is a call to action
for everyone to work together to achieve the spirit and goals of the framework.
Call to Action: Charities and Political Activities
Imagine Canada has taken a lead role in developing a charitable sector position on this topic and has released a framework containing recommendations intended to add clarity to existing rules and CRA communications
•Review CRA’s Online Consultation Download the Imagine Canada Framework from their resource page
• Participate in Webinar on Nov. 21, hosted in partnership with the Pembina Institute, Alberta Ecotrust, and Imagine Canada.
•Develop your own submission or use Imagine Canada’s template and send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for submissions is December 14,2016 (revised date)