- 140,000 Calgarians are living in poverty
- Over one in four employed persons, and one in three employed women, works for low wages in Alberta
- For an individual to be able to meet their basic needs, maintain a safe and decent standard of living, and save for future needs and goals, they require a Living Wage. In Calgary, a bare minimum Living Wage is $13.75 per hour without benefits or $12.50 per hour with benefits
- In Calgary, one in eight children lives in poverty
- According to Revenue Canada data on 2009, 64.5 per cent of tax filers reported living on incomes below $40,000.
What are your thoughts? Why does poverty exist in our city? What can we do we help individuals, families and children live a healthier and better life?