EndPovertyEdmonton and partners, including the Edmonton Social Planning Council, Edmonton Community Foundation, and the Edmonton Community Development Company, called on the provincial government to raise the rates for social assistance programs this week.
Following letters sent from organizations across the province asking for increases to programs like Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped, the Alberta Seniors Benefit and Income Support, EndPovertyEdmonton sent out a joint media release.
In Alberta, over 57,000 households access Income Support. The current income support core benefits provide an income that is more than 50% below the poverty line. AISH recipients fare better, but are also still below the poverty line. The result of this situation is thousands of Albertans struggling to make ends meet and making hard choices like paying rent or buying food.
Rates for these programs haven’t been raised since 2012, and they are not currently tied to inflation. EndPovertyEdmonton and others would like that to change.
Read more about Albertans’ experiences with social assistance programs…
Community organizations and collaborators who would like to lend their support to this endeavour are asked to submit their statements to EndPovertyEdmonton below.