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Policy for Thought

A social policy framework for Alberta will be comprehensive in nature, reflect our shared values as Albertans, and guide collective efforts to support all Albertans to attain a high quality of life – where all Albertans have access to the programs and services they need, when they need them.  All Albertans share the benefits when people can participate as full members of our society.

The framework will focus on the social system that serves disadvantaged Albertans while considering how the whole system works to serve its citizens. The framework will provide a foundation for governments, communities, nonprofit organizations, and individuals to make decisions about the relevance and effectiveness of social policies and programs for Albertans.  It will lay the foundation for an accessible system that produces results – both for the Albertans who use it and for those who share in the benefits of a stronger society.

The framework will be fully realized by fall and be developed in an inclusive way and will articulate the roles that government, communities, nonprofit organizations, and individuals play in the system that serves Albertans.  It will communicate Alberta’s social policy direction to the public, both within and beyond our borders.

Some of the key questions that we, as a sector, need to provide strong, collaborate  answers to:

  • What do you see as the purpose of a social policy framework for Alberta?
  • What are the respective roles of government(s), communities, individuals, and business in achieving a quality of life to which Albertans aspire?
  • What kind of society do you want for yourself, your family and community?
  • What social and economic issues should be included in the framework?
  • Social programs are delivered by government, communities, and nonprofit organizations across the province. How would you like to be engaged during this process?
  • How would you define success?
  • How should we measure success?

Become a part of the conversation and send your answers and ideas to afisher@volunteeralberta.ab.ca.

To read the draft discussion guide: Social Policy Framework Discussion Guide

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