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September 21, 2020 | Supporting social inclusion

Supporting social inclusion of Albertans in a changing world.

Accomplishments

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During the COVID-19 crisis, we acted quickly to make sure those who needed our support got it, while also protecting the health and safety of Albertans.

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4,965 people were provided with housing and supports through Housing First between April 1 and December 31, 2019.

Passed the disclosure to Protect Against Domestic Violence (Clare’s Law) Act to allow people at risk of domestic violence to apply for information on whether their intimate partner has a violent or abusive past.

Increased annual funding to the Residential Access Modification Program by $800,000, allowing over 700 Albertans to move more independently in their homes.

Established the Premier’s Council on Charities and Civil Society to assist civil society organizations in addressing critical social issues in Alberta.

Provided Hope Mission with $5.5 million to operate 525 spaces in the Herb Jamieson Centre and main Hope Mission emergency homeless shelter.

Key information

  • Alberta Supports
    • Alberta Supports helps Albertans access more than 30 programs and 120 services for seniors, people with disabilities, job seekers, parents and families, homelessness, financial assistance, abuse and family violence prevention.
    • There are 3 ways to connect with Alberta Supports: online, by phone or in-person at one of our Alberta Supports and Alberta Works Centres. Please note that in-person services have been temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are asking Albertans to contact the center before attending in person.
    • Learn more about Alberta Supports.
  • Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH)
  • Employment Services
  • Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD)
  • Family violence prevention
    • Family violence prevention includes activities and resources to help prevent family violence and support healthy relationships.
    • Family violence includes physical, verbal, emotional, financial and sexual abuse, neglect, stalking or being kept from seeing other people or forced to stay in one place.
    • Learn more about Family violence prevention.
  • Homeless supports
    • Homeless supports and programs help those experiencing homelessness find a shelter, access addiction and mental health supports, and provides emergency financial assistance.
    • Learn more about Homeless supports.
  • Income Support
    • Income support can be provided to individuals and families to pay for basic expenses like food, clothing and shelter.
    • Learn more about Income Support.
  • People with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) program

In focus

Get a service dog, service dog assessment and supports for service dog organizations.
Helping people connect with a range of programs and services to meet their unique needs.
Giving people at risk of domestic violence the option to apply for information about an intimate partner’s violent past.
Supporting low income Albertans with mobility challenges to make their homes more accessible.

Biography

Minister Sawhney was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta on April 16, 2019, as the MLA for Calgary-North East.

Born and raised in north east Calgary, Sawhney is a mother of four, an activist, and an engaged community volunteer. Rajan attended the University of Calgary, earning a degree in Economics and Political Science as well as an MBA.

Sawhney worked in the oil and gas industry for over twenty years in a variety of different roles in economics and business development. Prior to her election, she served as the Vice President of Business Development for Fracture Modeling Inc.

As an active volunteer, Sawhney is passionate about community engagement initiatives. She has played a key role in leadership with several non-profit organizations and has also spearheaded several programs and events designed to spread awareness and raise funds for worthy causes. For her community engagement work, Rajan was recognized as a Community Builder by the YWCA for Canada 150.

Rajan Sawhney was appointed as Alberta’s Minister of Community and Social Services on April 30, 2019.