For many Alberta families, the 2009-10 recession is already a fading memory. However, for low income Alberta families, the picture is not as bright. So far, there has only been a slight decline in poverty rates for families with children. While unemployment overall has gone down, it is still above pre-recession levels for vulnerable groups such as youth and Aboriginals. Income support caseloads are only falling slowly and are still well above pre-recession levels.
Demands on human services community organizations continue to grow. Available resources from both government and the community are in many cases not keeping pace.
The most positive development during the past year, is the Alberta government’s decision to join other provinces and territories that are working on more comprehensive approaches to reducing poverty and enhancing social inclusion.