Study Poverty with CPI

To equip leaders, find solutions and change the conversation about poverty in Canada, the Canadian Poverty Institute offers a number of ways to study poverty at Ambrose University in Calgary, Alberta.


Poverty Studies Summer institute

This unique learning opportunity brings students, practitioners and ministry workers together with leading experts in poverty reduction from across North America. Offered annually in June, this program includes a range of one-week intensive courses for credit or professional development. Over a 3 week period you will engage in active learning about the causes and impacts of poverty and best practices in poverty reduction.

Courses for credit:

  • Psychological Impacts of Poverty

  • Biblical Theology of Justice

professional development Workshops and courses:

  • Gender-Based Analysis

  • Understanding the Market Basket Measure

  • Advocacy for Social Change

  • The Action of Resilience: A Workshop on Reconciliation

  • Including the Voice of Lived Experience

  • Trauma-Informed Care: Building a Culture of Strength

  • Building Inclusive Communities

  • Data and the Common Good


Poverty studies minor

The interdisciplinary undergraduate minor provides students with an introduction to the nature, causes and consequences of poverty and the ways in which business, social and economic policy address both.


  • Shock Poverty

  • Intersections of Policy & Government Policy

  • Theology of the Margins

  • Social Development: Child, Family, Community

  • Psychological Impacts of Poverty

  • Pastoral Counselling

  • Contemporary Youth Issues

  • Non-profit Management

  • New Ventures and Social Entrepreneurship


Graduate Concentration in Poverty Studies

Deepen your understanding of poverty as part of the MA in Leadership and Ministry (MALM) program at Ambrose. The Poverty Studies concentration equips students with the appropriate skills, knowledge and disposition to work effectively with people experiencing poverty and to advocate for justice through their ministries.


  • Poverty in Western Society

  • Poverty and Human Rights

  • Leadership for Social Change

  • Biblical Theology of Justice

  • Intercultural Competence