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Calgary and region social outlook

Social Outlook
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The Calgary and Region Social Outlook (released November 30, 2011) is an annual five-year forecast that examines the overall social landscape of Calgary. Through the use of timely local data and the input of a wide network of community stakeholders, the Social Outlook (SO) provides a snapshot of the social state-of-the-city, its opportunities and challenges, and where it’s headed. The SO provides the community with information to help them understand and adapt to current and emerging opportunities and challenges. Corresponding to The City of Calgary’s Triple Bottom Line social policy framework – and serving as a companion document to the City of Calgary’s Economic Outlook – the SO reports on key trends and issues related to:

  • an Inclusive city
    • basic needs (income, employment, poverty, housing and food security)
    • the changing face of Calgary (social and cultural diversity)
    • the voluntary sector
  • a Cultural city
  • an Active city
  • a Safe city
  • a city of Strong Neighbourhoods


Each Social Outlook is produced with the collaboration of the SO Net (the Social Outlook Knowledge Netwo​rk) – a group of over 70 community-based subject matter experts who work in domain teams on the above-named sectors. This involvement ensures readers that the issues presented in the document are front-and-centre to those who are actively involved in the community, and who hold deep knowledge of the topics being discussed. The SO Net is supported by an online collaborative knowledge portal generously donated by the federal Policy Research Initiative.


2011 – 2016