Latest report on child poverty illustrates persistent growth in number of Albertan children living in poverty
The Edmonton Social Planning Council, Public Interest Alberta, and the Alberta College of Social Workers have jointly released a new report on the challenges faced by Albertan children and youth titled “One in Six is Too Many: An Alberta Child Poverty Report”.Read more
Increases to income support programs reduce poverty and correct an injustice
EDMONTON – The Government of Alberta has introduced An Act to Combat Poverty and Fight for Albertans with Disabilities, which if passed will increase and index income support rates for its Income Support and Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) programs. These are changes Public Interest Alberta has been advocating for years.
New data shows more than 300,000 Albertans receiving minimum wage raises
Edmonton - Public Interest Alberta has released new data from Statistics Canada showing that more than 300,000 Albertans, nearly one in six workers, will receive a raise when the minimum wage is raised from $13.60 to $15.00 per hour on October 1, 2018.Read more
Alberta's minimum wage increase debated on Alberta Primetime
As Alberta's minimum wage is set to increase from $13.60 to $15.00 per hour by October 1, 2018, a business lobby group has called on the province to freeze the minimum wage at its current rate of $13.60 per hour.
Our executive director, Joel French, debated this proposal on CTV Two's Alberta Primetime program, which aired on August 22nd. Our province has gone on too long allowing workers to be paid poverty-level wages. The minimum wage increase will allow these workers to support their families.Read more
Federal poverty strategy will have limited impact without funding commitments
EDMONTON – The federal government has released its long-anticipated poverty reduction strategy, titled Opportunity for All – Canada’s First Poverty Reduction Strategy. The strategy sets a standard measure for poverty and aims to reduce it 20 percent by 2020 and 50 percent by 2030.Read more
Nearly One in Five Employed Albertans Still Earn Low Wages
New data shows nearly 1 in 5 Albertans still earn $15 per hour or lessRead more