Strathcona County Alberta

Strathcona County, Alberta, Canada

About My City: Strathcona County

Strathcona County has a population of approximately 98,000 (2016). A survey was distributed to partner social serving agencies as well as low income individuals in the community and in 2014 a poverty simulation was held to raise awareness of poverty in the community

About My Organization:

County led initiative, no formal funding or budget, member of VC since 2014 Constellation governance - Working group/committee of partners from a variety of service providers, non-profits - some with lived experience, business community, municipal and provincial organizations. Working groups are used for specific action areas

My Collaborative:

The initiative began in 2013 with consultations on poverty with local agencies and vulnerable people. A survey was distributed to partner social serving agencies as well as low income individuals in the community and in 2014 a poverty simulation was held to raise awareness of poverty in the community. From this, Strathcona’s new poverty reduction Committee has been formed and is being led by the community. The County’s need for a poverty reduction plan has grown from the community’s large income that boasts very wealthy but also very poor households.