The two years since ESPC published A Profile of Poverty in Edmonton have been challenging ones for the city of Edmonton and its residents.
This report updates many of the poverty trends and challenges identified two years within the context of broader social and economic trends in our community. This profile updates the actions the City could take within its jurisdiction to help work towards eliminating poverty and in keeping with the Poverty Roadmap approved by City Council.
This profile update provides data and analysis to answer the following questions:
What is the overall picture of poverty in Edmonton, and how has it changed in the past two years?
How does poverty vary across age, gender, and households in the city? What trends are we seeing among different population groups?
Who is impacted most by poverty? What population groups are at higher risk of experiencing poverty than others? (i.e., Indigenous people, recent immigrant/refugees, low income workers, women children and youth.)
What are the emerging trends impacting poverty in Edmonton or influencing the work on eliminating poverty?
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Nearly three in five (57%) Edmontonians agree that poverty is a significant problem in Edmonton. (2014 Vital Signs Report)
More than 100,000 Edmontonians live in poverty with about 30% of them being children. In 2013 ESPC took a leadership role to push for the establishment of an Edmonton Poverty Elimination Steering Committee to examine and address local poverty. In 2014, Mayor Don Iveson established the Mayors Task Force to Eliminate Poverty and we continue to be involved on the Research Round Table and the Economic Security working group.
ESPC works actively with our partners, Public Interest Alberta and the Alberta College of Social Workers to prepare an annual report card that discusses poverty in Alberta. This report annually feeds into a national report prepared by Campaign 2000.
In our most recent report, No Change - After 25 years of promises it's time to eliminate child poverty, released in 2014 ESPC reported that for many low-income families, employment is not a guaranteed ticket out of poverty. In 2011, an all-time record 59.2 per cent of Alberta children in poverty lived in a household where one or more persons were working full-time for the entire year ( Click Here: From Words to Action: Alberta Can Afford a Real Poverty Reduction Strategy)
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