For too many people across Calgary and the surrounding area, poverty is a daily struggle. Complex challenges like job loss, illness, and the mounting cost of living force individuals and families to make impossible choices, like whether to put food on the table or pay rent.

Poverty touches almost every aspect of a person’s life, from food, shelter, and employment, to mental and physical well-being. For individuals living in poverty, opportunities to build a good life—including access to meaningful social networks, good jobs, and affordable housing—aren’t equally available.

And poverty has ripple effects for our entire community.

You can help. Show your local love for the places you call home by donating and getting involved—and together we can make poverty #UNIGNORABLE.

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1 in 10

Calgarians live in poverty


is the highest unemployment rate of any major Canadian city—and it’s Calgary’s


of Albertans are $200 or less away from being unable to pay their bills

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