Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 1: No Poverty

End poverty in all its forms everywhere.

research impact

For the period 2015–19

№ relevant publications: 165

№ times cited: 428

Key stats

605 low income students receiving financial aid in 2019/20

sample Courses


University Anti-Poverty Programs

The University of Alberta offers a number of support programs and resources to the campus community, including students from low income families. The Campus and Community Resources webpage lists numerous programs that are available on campus and beyond, including mental health, medical, legal, and housing and accommodations resources. The Campus and Community Resources webpage also provides information on food security, furniture and clothing, employment, child and family support, employment, and financial resources. 

Access Fund

Since 1995, the Students’ Union Access Fund has offered non-repayable financial assistance for undergraduate students at the U of A. Students who are either ineligible for student loans, have reached the maximum in their student loan amounts or simply do not have access to sufficient funding can benefit from the Access Fund.

The Access Fund is created through an opt-outable student fee, enabling students to help their fellow students access over $1 million in support each year.


Community-University Partnership for the Study of Children, Youth, and Families

CUP is a unique collaboration that connects U of A researchers with practitioners, community organizations, funders and policy makers in Edmonton and across Alberta. CUP's work involves creating and mobilizing evidence that engaged communities can use to support the well-being of children, youth and families.


All In For Youth

AIFY is a model for delivering social support to children experiencing vulnerability in their school communities. “Wraparound” support provides students with life coaching, mental health treatment, nutrition, out of school care, and more across five inner-city Edmonton schools. Since the start of the initiative, AIFY has been able to provide wraparound support to over 2,200 students and their families each school year. Since 2016, CUP has supported the annual evaluation of the AIFY initiative using a participatory research approach.


🔗 Solving poverty needs all hands on deck, advocates say

U of A public health research informs efforts to include social considerations as the economy recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

🔗 Community-minded student creates ‘Period Pantry’ for those in need

Student leads project working with a local business and community groups to provide a cabinet full of free menstrual products.

🔗 Addressing poverty through entrepreneurship

Angelique Slade Shantz’s research explores methods of alleviating poverty.