On July 6, Minister Sawhney and senior Community and Social Services (CSS) staff consulted with a small group of academics and researchers including Nilima Sonpal-Valias, ACDS Director of Strategic Services and Stakeholder Engagement, to discuss challenges and opportunities in PDD, FSCD, AISH and Income Supports.
The Ministry shared data describing program pressures arising from caseload and expenditure growth in each of these programs, and the added challenges due to Alberta’s pre- and post-Covid fiscal context. The forum was an open dialogue on system transformation options to achieve positive outcomes for Albertans with disabilities, while better managing the fiscal and program pressures. Researchers were invited to share their learnings and evidence-based insights that may help provide short- and long-term policy solutions. The conversation included discussing the shared roles and responsibilities of government, civil society, and other partners to achieve sustainable solutions.