Upon the completion of a Needs and Opportunities Assessment and two studies from Red Deer College psychology students, the following priorities were identified:
Social Connections – Working with partners to reduce social isolation and grow social connection.
Financial Empowerment – Focus is on building awareness and the capacity of front line service providers
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:
Engagement campaign to encourage local businesses to adopt living wage
Advocacy for re-opening income support and benefits offices
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 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.