Research, Reviews, & Updates

The ESPC provides research, reviews, and updates on a range of social issues

Research Update - July 2017

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Immigration and Diversity: Population Projections for Canada and its Regions, 2011 to 2036
Reviewed By: Zahro Hassan - 1

Domestic Violence and Housing Forum 2016
Reviewed by Janine Isaac  - 3

Domestic Violence and Housing Forum 2016: Final Report
Reviewed by Navroop Tehara - 5

Two Perspectives on Housing Affordability in Canada
Reviewed by Maxwell Harrison - 7

A Survey of the Living Wage Movement in Canada: Prospects and Challenges
Reviewed by Eric Van Eerde - 9

Dismantling the Welfare Wall for Persons with Disabilities
Reviewed by Debyani Sarker - 11

Controlling Homeless People? Power, Interventionism and Legitimacy
Reviewed by Shion Aonuma -13


Research Update April 2017

We do the reading so you don't have to! Inside this update:

A Review of October 2016 Point‐in‐Time Homeless Counts in Alberta (7 Cities on Housing and Homelessness, November 2016), Reviewed by Janine Isaac Another Perspective on Alberta’s 7 Cities Homeless Count, Reviewed by Navroop Tehara

Pilot Lessons: How to design a basic income pilot project for Ontario (Evelyn Forget et. al, Mowat Centre, 2016), Reviewed by Maxwell Harrison

Why More Education Will Not Solve Rising Inequality (And May Make it Worse) (Kelly Foley and David Green, June 2015), Reviewed by John Kolkman

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Community Mental Health Action Plan 2016

Positive mental health is the capacity of each and all of us to feel, think, and act in ways that enhance our ability to enjoy life and deal with the challenges we face. It is a positive sense of emotional and spiritual well-being that respects the importance of culture, equity, social justice, interconnections and personal dignity.

Public Health Agency of Canada

Community Mental Health Action Plan 2016

Needs and Gaps in Services of Edmonton's LGBTQ Population: Final Report

Canada’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) population has gained significant legislative protections since the 1970s. However, challenges remain for LGBTQ people in health care, domestic violence supports, housing for seniors and homeless youth, refugee supports, and more.

This research report uses three research questions to analyze the needs, gaps in services, and possible solutions, for Edmonton’s LGBTQ communities. As will be explored in detail in this report, despite progress in legislation, challenges remain for LGBTQ people in attaining adequate and appropriate services. The findings of this report were gathered through a literature review, key informant interviews, and focus group discussions.

Read our report, Needs and Gaps in Services of Edmonton's LGBTQ Population: Final Report to the Edmonton Community Foundation (ECF), today!

VitalSigns 2016

Edmonton Vital Signs is an annual check-up conducted by Edmonton Community Foundation, in partnership with the Edmonton Social Planning Council, to measure how our community is doing with a focus on a specific topic. This year we are looking at Edmonton’s immigrant and refugee population. Community foundations across Canada are reporting on how their communities are doing and how Canada is doing overall.

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