Making Changes

Making Changes Association has been helping women enter Calgary's workforce for more than 30 years - offering resources, resume training, and a professional wardrobe. At the Walk-In Closet, women facing financial and other barriers are given a private consultation on business attire to help them break through those barriers and pursue job opportunities with confidence. With a roster of 250 volunteers, and clothing donated by the community, each participant receives four complete outfits, a seasonal coat, shoes, a handbag, and accessories tailored to their needs, free of charge.

This vital priority issue area includes housing, poverty, economy, recreation, education, transportation, and food.

Monthly Rent and Vacancy Rates

Compare average two-bedroom apartment rent and vacancy rates in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto.
Source: City of Calgary,
Average Rent for Two-Bedroom Apartments, Canada, Provinces and Metropolitan Areas from 1992-2016
Toronto$1327 Calgary$1258 Vancouver$1450

Perceptions of Calgarians

Based on Vital Signs Survey


rate the availability of affordable rental housing as below average or poor.


rate housing affordability as below average/poor. Rating for housing is weakest among those who are going through a long-term illness or looking for work.


are concerned about the level of poverty in the city.


cannot afford food, shelter or clothing.


agree that that all Calgarians should be entitled to a living wage.


rate affordability of leisure and recreational activities as below average to poor.


rate access to education for their families as excellent/good.


rate the affordability of post-secondary education as below average/poor.


rate the availability of public transportation to meet their needs as below average/poor. Seniors (65+) are more likely to rate public transportation as excellent/good.


rate availability of bicycle pathways and bike lanes as excellent/good.


rate the affordability of nutritious food as below average/poor - a rating that is more prevalent among younger age groups.

1 in 4 Calgarians rate their ability to find suitable employment as below average or poor.

Business Bankruptcy Rates

Business Bankruptcy Rates

(per 1,000 businesses)
0.5 0.3 0.7 3.2 0.24 0.21 0.54 1.92 0.22 0.28 0.41 1.86 0 0.5 1 1.5 2 2.5 3 3.5 Vancouver Calgary Toronto Montreal 2014 2015 2016

Business Bankruptcies

116 95 86 74 41 38 53 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 140 2009 2010 2011 2013 2014 2015 2016 Calgary

The number of Calgarians bicycling to work has more than doubled in the last five years.

6,798 cyclists / 290km of on-street bikeways

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Alberta High School Completion Rate

NOTE: Since Indigenous students self-identify on application forms, data may underestimate overall enrollment. *does not include Banff Centre
0 20 40 60 80 100% 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 High school completion rate of students within five years of entering grade 10 High school completion rate of self-identified First Nations, Metis and Inuit students within five years of entering grade 10
Self-identified Indigenous students made up 4% of all students enrolled in post-secondary education in 2016 (which includes apprentices enrolled in techical training*).

Homeless Calgarians

By Gender

0 500 1,000 1,500 2,000 2,500 3,000 Male Female Transgender 2016

By Age

0 200 400 600 800 1,000 1,200 1,400 1,600 2016 <13 13-24 25-44 45-65 65+ UNKNOWN 2014

Calgary's Vital Signs

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