fACT Sheets

The ESPC Fact Sheets provide summaries on a wide range of subject areas.


fACT Sheet—Chasing the Purple Flag

A Lunch and Learn Companion Fact Sheet

In England, the Purple Flag is the “gold standard” for town centres at night. Could 104th Street be the first Purple Flag designated area in North America?

This fACT Sheet includes:

  • information about the Purple Flag program
  • information on 104th Street (aka Edmonton's Warehouse District)
  • an interview with Jennifer Diep, manager at Kelly’s Pub, which has a unique perspective on 104th Street, as an established business that moved there from a former location
  • an exclusive piece on 104th Street's from Mack D. Male, resident of 104th Street, award-winning Edmonton blogger, and author of mastermaq.ca

Download the Chasing the Purple Flag fACT Sheet here!

fACT Sheet—2016 Federal Budget Analysis

This fACT Sheet highlights revenue and spending measures in the 2016 Federal Budget affecting Edmontonians with low and middle incomes.

The federal budget applies to the fiscal year between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017, and forecasts for revenues and expenses for the following four fiscal years. The 2016 federal budget forecasts a shortfall (deficit) of $29.4 billion in the 2016-17 fiscal year, with a gradual decline to a $14.3 billion deficit in 2020-21.

Download the 2016 Federal Budget Analysis today!


2015 Alberta Budget Analysis

Budget 2015 covers the period from April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016 corresponding to the 2015-16 fiscal year (FY). Due to the change in government on May 5, this budget replaces the March 2015 budget that was tabled but never passed by the previous government. In this Fact Sheet, Budget 2015 refers to the current budget introduced on October 27, 2015.

Budget 2015 forecasts a deficit of $6.1 billion, an increase of $1.1 billion from March. The larger deficit is due to several factors: reversing Conservative cuts to people services to cover inflation and population growth, a further drop in energy prices below levels forecast in March, and additional costs for forest fires and crop losses due to the summer drought. While the forecast deficit is a record in dollar terms, as a percentage of the overall budget, it is less than half that of budgets in the mid-1980s when there was a similar dramatic decline in energy prices.

Click to download:  2015 Alberta Budget Analysis

fACT Sheet - Mental Health Amendment Act, 2007, Review (29th Legislature)

Request for Input

The Legislative Standing Committee on Families and Communities has requested input on the changes to the Mental Health Act from 2007. These changes are known as the Mental Health Amendment Act, 2007.

The two main changes under review are “criteria for involuntary admission of persons with mental disorders to health care facilities” and “the use of community treatment orders for persons requiring ongoing mental health services” (Mental Health Amendment Act, 2007).

This fACT sheet will provide you with information about these changes, as well as the state of mental health in Alberta.

To share your comments about the act, send a written submission by February 29, 2016, to the Standing Committee on Families and Communities:

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3rd Floor, 9820 – 107 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T5K 1E7

Click here to download: fACT Sheet 2016 - Mental Health Amendment Act, 2007, Review (29th Legislature)

fACT Sheet - Federal Budget 2015

The ESPC has released its annual analysis of the federal government's 2015 budget.

Highlights from this Fact Sheet include:

  • Budget is sort on detail and long on spin;
  • Few changes to Child Tax Benefits/National Child Benefit;
  • Few benefit from Family Tax Cut;
  • Universal Child Care Benefit increased;
  • Children's Tax Fitness Credit doubled;
  • Tax-Free Saving Account maximum doubled;
  • EI compassionate care leave lengthened;
  • CMHC coop housing mortgages replaced by lower private sector mortgages;
  • Public Transit Funding to cities boosted;
  • Modest improvements for Aboriginal communities.

Click to download: fACT Sheet - Federal Budget 2015

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