The Edmonton region has 1 in 10 people experiencing poverty or 119,950 people. A family of four is considering in poverty when their income is about $39,000 a year or less. The data shows 53% of those experiencing poverty are women, 11% identify as Aboriginal and 42% identify as visible minorities. 9,705 lone parent families are living in low income, of these 8,460 families are female-led.
“This is the kind of information that helps us all see the value of the great collective work being done and the further work needed in our city,” says Michael Phair, co-chair of EndPovertyEdmonton’s Stewardship Round Table. The full complement of data available in A Profile of Poverty in Edmonton (2019) reaffirms initiatives like increased access to affordable transit, affordable child care, and child tax benefits have helped.