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 society makes available to its members. Important considerations include both the quality and their distribution amongst the population. 1

BDGovernment Transfers

BD1Average Monthly Number of Households Receiving Alberta WorksEdmonton Region

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Trend Value Negative

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Government Transfers. Government income supports (also known as income transfers), as well as other social programs and services, play an important role in the prevention of poverty.

For many people, hard work is not enough to break the cycle of poverty. Barriers to accessing well-paid employment include: limited English language proficiency, lower education completion, unrecognized international credentials, social isolation, limited access to child care, conflicting work and family responsibilities, and even the difficulties of navigating government programs. These barriers disproportionately affect visible minority groups (particularly newcomers), Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and lone-parent women.

  • The number of Edmontonians receiving social assistance through Alberta Works has been increasing.
  • Alberta Works caseloads reflect underlying economic conditions with a time lag due to households that lack employment income and are accessing EI benefits first. This is particularly the case for the “Expected to Work” component of the caseload. Even after the economy has started to recover, Alberta Works caseloads can remain elevated for some time.
  • Of households receiving Alberta Works in 1999 in the Edmonton Region (14,478), the numbers dropped to a twenty year low of 11,309 in 2006. The current downturn that began in late 2014 is more prolonged than the 2008 to 2010 global financial crisis, and has resulted in an average caseload of 27,785 during the year 2020.

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