Along with Action to End Poverty in Alberta we thank Premier Redford for her commitment to ending poverty in Alberta and the Premier and the Ministry for Human Services for their initiative and engagement of Albertans in a conversation on a Social Policy Framework. We are encouraged that the Premier and the Ministry have identified a strategy to end poverty as a key outcome of this framework.
We call on the Government of Alberta to make ending poverty a priority and to work with all levels of government, the community and especially with people experiencing poverty to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy and action plan. We feel strongly that government spending in this area is actually an investment that benefits all Albertans and will ultimately reduce the government's cost base
With a strategy in place we can improve the lives of individuals and families in our communities; decrease provincial spending on effects of poverty; increase literacy, education and skills training - leading to increased work opportunities for individuals and companies; and increase the economic productivity of Alberta.
There is nothing inevitable about poverty in a society as wealthy as ours.