Leadership and Systems Change
- Advance system reform through a comprehensive policy agenda
- Embed the lived experience voice in implementation and THRIVE strategy implementation governance.
- Engage Medicine Hat and area residents in a social movement to end poverty and increase wellbeing.
- Declare and demonstrate our commitment to social inclusion, with a focus on authentic reconciliation that
revitalizes relationships between indigenous peoples and all Canadians.
- Launch a Council of Champions to drive THRIVE strategy implementation.
- Create an independent backbone organization to support the Council of Champions and drive THRIVE strategy
- Support the Council of Champions to raise the start-up funds for THRIVE strategy implementation
- Work with financial institutions to develop innovative ways of making banking more accessible for low-income
Medicine Hat residents and explore financial products that suit their needs more effectively.
- Explore creation of a task force on financial literacy and asset-building to develop and support leaders,
government, and non-profits.
- Support citizens with obtaining financial and other benefits they are entitled to, enhance financial literacy
(Project Connect, Community Hubs, and schools).
- Enhance training and labour force attachment strategies to increase employability among Medicine Hat
- Develop a comprehensive income security policy agenda that improves the financial situation of vulnerable
populations, including income and rent supports, access to Living Wage, Universal Basic Income, and diverse
asset building measures.
- Support a Community Economic Development Strategy to create quality jobs, promote social return to economic
development, social enterprise and inclusive business practices.
- Engage business community partners in strategic discussions but more so action to tackle common issues for
common benefit, including social impact finance and social entrepreneurship.
- Develop information sharing of innovative social impact strategies and tools that can be scaled up in
partnerships with the private sector.
- Explore the creation of a Social Innovation Fund to support social enterprise incubation and acceleration in
alignment with THRIVE Strategy priorities via the Funders’ Forum.
- Recognize and promote innovation in the private, public and non-profit sectors that advances the THRIVE
- Work with private sector and government partners to find innovative ways of reducing energy pricing and
improving the energy efficiency of homes. (e.g. HAT Smart)
- Develop partnerships with energy providers to negotiate better rates and terms for low income Medicine Hat
residents and reduce utility cut-offs.
- Enhance basic weatherization and energy efficiency upgrades to low-income homeowners and tenants in social
- Explore clean energy ventures to increase affordability and sustainability – for instance, solar power
technology can reduce power costs, create jobs, and improve environmental outcomes.
- Lend our voice for the call for a National Housing Strategy and renewed government investment in new
affordable housing and operations, repairs and upgrades of existing stock.
- Explore innovative incentive programs for private landlords to improve affordable housing options, energy
efficiency, quality, and accessibility.
- Support the work of the Landlord Roundtable to provide information to/receive input from community landlords
and to creatively problem-solve.
- Continue supporting City Council’s contributions to land or surplus sites for affordable housing development,
and encourage similar partnerships with other levels of government, non-profits and private sector stakeholders.
- Develop a longer-term Affordable Housing Real Estate Strategy to enhance options for lower income households.
- Explore how our current affordable housing programs can best integrate within the Community System.
- Continue to support the priorities of At Home in Medicine Hat: Our Plan to End Homelessness using a Housing
First systems planning approach.
- Confirm the achievement of Functional Zero end to homelessness in partnership with national partners.
- Move upstream into homelessness prevention through enhanced investments in diversion and/or targeted eviction
prevention and discharge planning with public systems to enhance housing security.
- Begin delivering Permanent Supportive Housing (place-based) to Medicine Hat residents in need of long term
supportive housing options.
- Re-examine priorities in homelessness initiatives and develop alignment moving forward as an integrated
- Advance and expand food security initiatives across schools, including the FoodFirst pilot for vulnerable
families operated by the Medicine Hat & District Food Bank Association.
- Support the creation of Community Food Centres to increase healthy food access, skills, education and
- Enhance innovative food redistribution strategies, leveraging existing initiatives to reduce food waste
across retailers and producers.
- Explore innovative community sustainable farming models targeting lower income households as food producers
- Support innovative social enterprise models that help retailers sell healthier food at affordable prices.
- Encourage urban agriculture on underutilized non-profit, private sector, and government land and facilities.
- Enhance food and nutrition knowledge with accessible information using diverse strategies.
- Continue to support the City of Medicine Hat in implementing Low-Income Transit Passes for qualifying
individuals that is fare-geared-to income.
- Expand options for shared-ride, and curb-to-curb transportation services.
- Solicit provincial and federal investment to subsidize transit service for low-income Medicine Hat residents.
- Advocate for enhanced infrastructure supports from provincial and federal levels of government to improve
transit infrastructure and coverage.
- Explore alternative methods of transit, such as car-shares, car pools, rent-a-bike, etc. modeled after
innovative practices in the private sector (such as Uber) that are social enterprises.
Health and Wellness
- Support partners in health, recreation, education, human services, and employers to enhance physical and
mental health, including addictions.
- Explore the development of peer-based models to strengthen natural supports and access to health and wellness
prevention and early intervention services.
- Explore innovative options of facilitating access to addiction and mental health supports, including mobile
health outreach services.
- Enhance school-based physical and mental health and wellness programs.
- Advance government asks for increased infrastructure investment to upgrade community recreation facilities
and create new ones in underserved areas.
- Optimize the use of existing structures and spaces for multiple purposes, including health and wellness (e.g.
use of schools, recreation centres, churches, vacant land and lots).
- Encourage all recreation providers to introduce reduced user fees for low-income residents and leverage
recreation centres as access points for engagement and early intervention.
Literacy and Learning
- Provide parents with access to leading edge early years’ information and practical tools.
- Enhance accessibility of enriched Early Childhood Education programs.
- Advance increased investment for accessible and affordable, quality child care.
- Increase programming supports for affordable, quality after-school programs.
- Remove school attendance barriers, especially when these are financial such as bus passes, eyeglasses, school
- Leverage schools and educators as key partners and strategically integrate their work in the Community
- Explore increasing mentorship supports for children and youth in schools, focusing on tutoring, literacy,
career planning and life skills development.
- Enhance peer mentorship options for adults – particularly emerging social entrepreneurs with lived experience
- Engage the Medicine Hat College and other adult education providers in developing strategies to enhance
access to learning and literacy opportunities for Medicine Hat residents who are experiencing poverty.
- Advocate for enhanced support for healthy pregnancies, optimized maternal mental health, early screening and
follow up to support child development.
- Streamline access to supports for families experiencing periods of vulnerability to support healthy, safe,
nurturing experiences for their children and protect children who are not safe.
- Support family reconnection whenever safe and appropriate, through targeted supports.
- Ensure those experiencing violence have access to the immediate supports they need to be safe, including
housing, shelter, income, police intervention, legal and counseling services.
- Work with men and boys to change attitudes and behaviors about masculinity, as well as women and girls to
advance a gender equity agenda.
- Apply a gender lens to the Policy Agenda, on issues including pay equity, supports for working parents such
as full-day kindergarten, and making quality preschool, afterschool and recreation services affordable for all
- Work with law enforcement to promote a balanced approach to community safety and crime reduction based on
prevention, intervention and enforcement.
- For those who perpetuate violence, advance effective interventions to mitigate dangers posed to victims,
address offences, and change behaviors long term.
- Work with local legal community to find ways to expand access to affordable legal supports for those
- Help decriminalize poverty whenever possible through advocacy and public education.
- Explore diversion of those charged with minor poverty-related offences, to community-based supports rather
- Explore enhancing the availability of restorative justice programs.