Social Well-Being Tracker

Our social well-being indicators are based on social determinants of health. These indicators are the economic and social conditions that shape the health of individuals and communities. Social determinants of health also determine the extent to which a person possesses the physical, social, and personal resources to identify and achieve personal aspirations, satisfy needs, and cope with the environment. Social determinants of health are about the quantity and quality of a variety of resources that a society makes available to its members. Important considerations include both the quality and their distribution amongst the population. 1

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BB10Children 0 to 17 Years as a Proportion of Total Persons in PovertyEdmonton CMA

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Poverty is a complex issue. It is the result of multiple social systems failing to protect individuals and families from material deprivation. Some of the consequences of poverty include poor nutrition and physical health, social isolation, and limited financial stability.

For many, poverty is the inability to maintain a standard of daily living that will ensure an individual or family’s overall health and well-being. The effects of poverty, however, are not limited to those who are poor—poverty and social inequality decrease the overall health of a society. When a segment of the population faces barriers to economic opportunity, access to health care, and education (among other factors associated with the social determinates of health), a community cannot reach its full potential.

  • The proportion of children living in poverty has slightly declined.
  • The poverty rate for children and youth is significantly higher than for older groups.
  • Of the 175,880 persons of all ages living in poverty in 2018, 51,540 were children aged 0 to 17 years. As a proportion of those living in poverty in the Edmonton CMA, 29.3% were children. This proportion has fallen from 36.0% in the year 2000.

BB1 and BB2. Low Wage Earners

  • Employed persons earning low wages, Edmonton: Custom tabulations from the Labour Force Survey prepared by Statistics Canada, Labour Statistics Division. Data courtesy of Public Interest Alberta.
  • Briggs, A. & Lee, C.R. (2012). Poverty costs, An economic case for a preventative poverty reduction strategy in Alberta. Calgary: Vibrant Communities Calgary and Action to End Poverty in Alberta

BB3. How low-income is measured

  • Statistics Canada (2020). Technical reference guide for the annual income estimates for census families, individuals, and seniors: T1 family file, final estimates, 2018. Catalogue no. 72-212-x

BB4 and BB5. Proportion of persons living in poverty (Total and by family type)

  • Statistics Canada. Table 11-10-0017-01 Census families by family type and family composition including before and after-tax median income of the family
  • Statistics Canada. Table 11-10-0018-01 After-tax low-in-come status of tax filers and dependants based on Census Family Low-income Measure (CFLIM-AT), by family type and family type composition

BB6 to BB8. Poverty Gap, by family type

  • Statistics Canada. Table 11-10-0020-01 After-tax low-in-come status of census families based on Census Family Low-income Measure (CFLIM-AT), by family type and family composition

BB9 and BB10. Child Poverty

  • Statistics Canada. Table 11-10-0018-01 After-tax low-in-come status of tax filers and dependants based on Census Family Low-income Measure (CFLIM-AT), by family type and family type composition

(1) Raphael, D. (2004). Introduction to the social determinants of health. In D. Raphael (ed.) Social Determinates of Health: Canadian perspectives. Toronto: Canadian Scholar’s Press Inc.

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