The cost of poverty is a wake-up call, with $7.1 - $9.5 billion being spent each year in Alberta. 

As Albertans and taxpayers, each one of us is contributing between $2,700 and $3,600 per year to make little, if any, progress toward actually eradicating the problem.

The system our society has in place is designed to alleviate the impacts of poverty. But it’s a system that comes at an extreme cost from both economic and social perspectives.

People living in poverty are more likely to require greater medical services due to chronic health concerns. They are more likely to have lower levels of education and literacy, resulting in fewer opportunities for them. These challenges can lead to desperation and, in the most difficult of situations, lead to criminal activity and risky behaviours, which adds further pressure and costs to our justice and social service systems.