Upon the completion of a Needs and Opportunities Assessment and two studies from Red Deer College psychology students, the following priorities were identified:

  1. Social Connections – Working with partners to reduce social isolation and grow social connection.
  2. Financial Empowerment – Focus is on building awareness and the capacity of front line service providers

Financial Empowerment

The Financial Empowerment Committee is committed to exploring possibilities to address local challenges and issues around financial security for citizens experiencing poverty in Central Alberta. Our goals in 2022 are: 

  1. Engagement campaign to encourage local businesses to adopt living wage
  2. Advocacy for re-opening income support and benefits offices
  3. Facilitate multi-sector collaboration

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Living Wage

The minimum wage is not enough income for individuals and families to earn, in order to keep up with rising costs of living. A place based living wage determined through research is necessary to assist with these rising costs. To read the Living Wage report for Red Deer and Central Alberta go to our Publications & Resources page. The most recent calculations for the province can be found at the Alberta Living Wage Network.

Food Security

Food Security is about all people having access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life.  CAPRA is committed to improving the availability, access and use of food in Central Alberta.​

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These action committees meet on a regular basis. New members are welcome.

Contact Dianna Souveny at 403.342.8102 or send her an email by using the button on the right and discover how you can get involved.