Category: Community Matters

We buy local coffee… mostly.

At Momentum, we like to put our money where our mouth is. This means acting on our values around sustainability – especially when it comes to the things we, quite literally, put in our mouths. This approach applies to our food, which we try to buy from local small businesses and cooperatives, and our coffee.

Money may be better than Medicine

Canadians know that sickness can get expensive. One of Momentum’s participants, Ben, experienced this truth personally when a Schizophrenic episode led to a long hospital stay. Time away from work eventually led to the loss of a meaningful engineering job and a family breakdown. One can only imagine how paralyzed his doctors might have felt as these events advanced; Medicine can only do so much…. Read more

Child poverty rates in Alberta drop

Newly released data from Statistics Canada shows that the rate of child poverty in Alberta fell by 50% between 2015 and 2017. While child poverty was reduced in almost every province, the greatest drop was seen in Alberta. Two specific public policies implemented in 2016 have contributed significantly to this decline: the consolidation of a several federal child benefits and credits into the Canada Child… Read more

Keen to help Alberta businesses succeed? It’s now easier than ever 

On October 18th, in a joint announcement with Momentum and Local Investing YYC, the Government of Alberta officially launched the Community Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) tax credit program. Going forward, Albertans who invest in a registered CEDC will receive a 30% tax credit. What is a CEDC? CEDCs are investment funds that make it easier for everyday Albertans to invest their money in local businesses…. Read more

Five things you should know about Canada’s First Poverty Reduction Strategy

The federal Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Jean-Yves Duclos, unveiled Canada’s First Poverty Reduction Strategy, Opportunity for All, on Tuesday, August 21. Informed by over a year of public and stakeholder engagement opportunities, consultations with experts, and guidance from an advisory committee, the Strategy is in many ways a collection of current programs and initiatives that support poverty reduction­, such as the Canada… Read more

Yummi Yogis on fostering connections in Thrive Accelerator

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  Thrive is a community leadership initiative of Momentum. Thrive has a strong network of partnerships to reach real people,  create real opportunities and champion real change. Nikki Brule is an alum from the Spring 2018 Accelerator cohort. In her time with this free 16-week program, she’s been able to foster deeper connections within her community and fellow social entrepreneurs, find ways to increase the social… Read more

Three things worth celebrating in the 2018 Alberta Budget

The Government of Alberta announced its 2018 Budget yesterday. From our perspective, here are three things worth celebrating: Provincial funding for preventative social services was protected In 2016, the Government of Alberta boosted funding for preventative social services in communities across the province by $25 million. This was the first significant increase to the Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) budget since 2009, and a… Read more