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

BD10Child Poverty Reductions Resulting from Government TransfersAlberta

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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.

  • Government transfers have reduced child poverty by 12%.

  • Government income transfers are a crucial tool used to lift people out of poverty, especially children and youth aged 0 to 17 years.

  • In the absence of these transfers, in 2017, 28.6% of Alberta children would have been living in poverty. As a result of these transfers, the proportion of Alberta children who were living in poverty was 16.6%. This represents a 12% decrease in child poverty.

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