August 23, 2018
The federal move to choose a measure for tracking the poverty line across the country is prompting advocates to call for local officials to do the same.
Vibrant Communities Calgary executive director Franco Savoia said it’s time for governments at all levels to align the way they track poverty.
“We are not in any way, shape or form using the same — or similar, even — measures, which creates all kinds of challenges,” Savoia said.
The federal government announced a poverty-reduction plan Tuesday that aims to achieve a 50 per cent reduction in poverty by 2030.
As part of the strategy, they said they would use the “market basket measure” to determine the poverty line in communities across the country.