Social system

Calgarians enjoy a high quality life because they feel good about themselves and the city they live in. We have a strong sense of community, feel safe and at peace, and are healthy in both body and spirit. We participate in our community in a diversity of ways and always have the opportunity to learn about new and different ways to contribute. 

100-year Goals and Targets

  • Aesthetic enjoyment

    All aspects of life in Calgary provide opportunities for aesthetic enjoyment. We recognize and protect our natural and built environments for their beauty. Our traditions, values and distinctive characteristics are used to enhance physical and human resources. Opportunities for aesthetic enjoyment are accessible to all.

    • Target 85
      By 2036, 90 per cent of citizens report that Calgary is a beautiful city.
    • Target 86
      By 2036, 95 per cent of Calgarians report that they have a range of opportunities for the aesthetic enjoyment of nature, arts and culture.
  • Creative self-expression

    Creative self-expression is cultivated and nurtured as part of everyone’s life. We renew ourselves, using our unique gifts and talents, through creative self-expression. There is a wide range of opportunities for creative expression.

    • Target 87
      By 2016, 90 per cent of Calgarians report that they have opportunities to express their unique gifts and talents.
    • Target 88
      By 2021, 90 per cent of Calgarians report that Calgary is a city that promotes creative freedom.
    • Target 89
      By 2026, 90 per cent of Calgarians report that participation in creative activities is an important part of their lives.
  • Health and wellness

    Calgary is known for its attention to a healthy lifestyle. We sustain physical, mental and social well-being. In circumstances in which health is compromised, we can easily access knowledge and services. Ecological, social and economic interconnectedness is reflected in our support for well-being.

    • Target 90
      By 2036, all Calgarians live in a safe and clean natural environment, as measured by the quality of its air, water, soil and food sources, plus by the lack of exposure to toxic waste.
    • Target 91
      By 2036, 95 per cent of Calgarians enjoy positive and supportive living conditions, as reflected by adequate income; high rates of employment; adequate food and appropriate nutrition; appropriate, adequate and affordable housing; and high levels of personal safety.
    • Target 92
      By 2036, 95 per cent of Calgarians receive sufficient information and support to maintain and improve their health and foster their independence at all ages and stages of life.
    • Target 93
      By 2036, 100 per cent of Calgarians can obtain quality, affordable, timely and appropriate health information and services, as measured by satisfaction levels.
    • Target 94
      By 2036, the incidences of preventable illness, injury and premature death are significantly reduced.
    • Target 95
      By 2036, 85 per cent of Calgarians, in all age groups, maintain excellent or very good mental health.
  • Lifelong learning

    We value opportunities for continuous personal growth and development. We are empowered by learning and, as a result, can make substantial improvements to our own and others’ lives. The community is a learning ground for all.

    • Target 96
      By 2016, by the age of six years, 95 per cent of Calgary children exhibit school readiness, as reflected by physical well-being and appropriate motor development; emotional health and a positive approach to new experiences; age-appropriate social knowledge and competence; age-appropriate language skills; and age-appropriate general knowledge and cognitive skills.
    • Target 97
      By 2016, 95 per cent of Calgary students succeed in elementary and junior high school, as measured by standardized achievement testing in grades three, six and nine and alternate education metrics.
    • Target 98
      By 2036, 95 per cent of Calgary youth complete high school by age 21 and complete some form of post-secondary education or training by age 25.
    • Target 99
      By 2016, 100 per cent of adult Calgarians have access to a full range of formal and informal quality learning opportunities and resource options that allow them to achieve their full potentials in life.
    • Target 100
      By 2016, 95 per cent of adult Calgarians have the minimum levels of literacy and numeracy — as defined by the International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey — required to fully participate in the economy and all aspects of life in Calgary.
  • Meaning, purpose and connectedness

    We create individual meaning, purpose and connectedness in our lives for our own benefit and that of others. We respect and embrace the ways in which others choose to create meaning, purpose and connectedness.

    • Target 101
      By 2036, 90 per cent of citizens agree that “Calgary is a city with soul,” which is defined as citizens having meaning and purpose in life and experiencing ongoing feelings of connectedness with some form of human, historic or natural system.
    • Target 102
      By 2036, 100 per cent of Calgarians report that they feel respected and supported in their pursuits of meaning, purpose and connectedness, and that they extend respect and support to others who meet this need in ways different from their own.
  • Peace, safety and security

    We live in peace. We are safe in our homes and throughout our city. We believe and behave in ways that reflect our respect and consideration for all life forms. We have adequate income and access to resources. We live with each other in unity.

    • Target 103
      By 2016, 95 per cent of Calgarians report that they feel safe walking alone in their neighbourhoods and walking alone downtown after dark.
    • Target 106
      By 2036, the percentage of Calgary women who have been assaulted by their intimate partners at least once in the past five years is reduced from approximately 11 per cent to three per cent.
    • Target 105
      By 2036, given that crime rates are driven primarily by the number of males in the population aged 15 to 24, the proportion of adolescents and young adults in conflict with the law decreases from 2006 levels of about one per cent to 0.01 per cent.
    • Target 104

      By 2016, 95 per cent of Calgary parents report that they allow their children over six years old to play unsupervised on their own blocks.

  • Recreation

    We are continually renewed by participating in activities that refresh our bodies and minds; active lifestyles contribute to our abilities to restore and enhance our senses of personal and community well-being.

    • Target 108
      By 2036, 100 per cent of Calgarians report that they can access a range of high-quality recreational experiences, regardless of gender, socio-economic status, age, ability, religion, race, sexual orientation or heritage.
    • Target 107
      By 2036, 90 per cent of people living in Calgary report that they participate in active lifestyles that include informal and structured recreational opportunities.
  • Relationships

    We participate in mutually supportive and generous relationships. Interactions are based on mutual respect: with oneself, other persons, other cultures, other beings and the larger whole of which all are a part. These healthy relationships help people understand their human, cultural, historic and natural systems.

    • Target 109
      By 2036, 95 per cent of Calgarians of every age and ability report that they value and have mutually supportive relationships in several settings, such as at home, school and work and in the community.
  • Self-esteem

    We are confident and satisfied. We know we are valued and respected. We collectively understand and act upon our inner potential so we can achieve sustainable development.

    • Target 111
      By 2036, 95 per cent of children aged six to 11 years report a high sense of self-worth, and 80 per cent of Calgary adolescents, both male and female, describe themselves as productive or potentially productive members of society, able to change themselves or their lives through their own actions, having the personal power to effect change in the world and being optimistic about their futures.
    • Target 110
      By 2036, 95 per cent of children aged two to five years exhibit high levels of emotional well-being and age-appropriate levels of attention span and impulse control, as measured by the Ages and Stages Questionnaire.
  • Sense of community

    We have a sense of belonging, friendship and identity within the context of our groups and neighbourhoods. We honour and celebrate diversity. We act as collective stewards of our values, traditions, institutions and the natural environment.

    • Target 112
      By 2010, 90 per cent of Calgarians agree that there is a strong sense of community in Calgary, and at least 80 per cent of Calgarians report high levels of satisfaction, sense of belonging, attachment and civic pride.
    • Target 113
      By 2010, 80 per cent of citizens experience a high sense of community in their neighbourhoods and affinity-related communities, as reflected by residents’ reports of neighbourhood participation and volunteering, sense of belonging, neighbourliness and reciprocity, sense of efficacy, attachment, safety and voter turnout.
    • Target 114
      By 2010, at least 75 per cent of Calgarians report that they volunteer for the benefit of others who are outside their circles of family and friends.

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