fACT Sheets

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


fACT Sheet—Early Childhood Development

A Lunch and Learn Companion Fact Sheet The Early Development Instrument measured the development of Albertan kindergartners over a period of five years. How are Albertan kids doing?

From 2009–2013, the Government of Alberta ran a research study on early childhood development. They used the Early Development Instrument (EDI), a standardized method to measure the development of five-year-old-children. Kindergarten teachers filled out questionnaires about the development of each child in their classrooms in order to report on children’s social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development.

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fACT Sheet—Habitat for Humanity

A Lunch and Learn Companion fACT Sheet

Habitat for Humanity works on a housing first philosophy. Learn about housing first, Habitat for Humanity's core values, who qualifies for a home, and how their special affordable housing model works.

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fACT Sheet—2016 Alberta Budget Analysis

The Alberta Jobs Plan

Budget 2016 covers the period from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017 corresponding to the 2016-17 fiscal year (FY). There are revenue and spending projections for the following two fiscal years. This year’s budget is called The Alberta Jobs Plan.

Budget 2016 forecasts a deficit of $10.4 billion. A contingency of $700 million is included in case oil prices keep declining or unforeseen emergencies require extra spending. The large deficit is due to a further drop in energy prices. The oil price underpinning this year’s budget has been reduced from $62US per barrel last October to $42US per barrel in Budget 2016. Low energy prices are causing job losses that in turn result in lower revenues from corporate and personal income taxes. The forecast deficit is a record in dollar terms; as a percentage of the overall budget, the deficit is still less than that of budgets in the mid-1980s when there was a similar dramatic decline in energy prices. 

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fACT Sheet—Minimum Wage

What is minimum wage? Who works at minimum wage? What effect does a raise in minimum wage have on employers? Employees? What's up with the magic number of $15/h? And, what's the difference between a living wage and a minimum wage? All this and more in our latest fACT Sheet!

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fACT Sheet—Naming Edmonton and Open Data

A Lunch and Learn Companion Fact Sheet

With new technology, we have the ability to access and use large amounts of data and information on many different platforms. Now we’re using that ability to tell a story about Edmonton.

This fact sheet explains what open data means, how the City of Edmonton is using it, and two of our presenter Matthew Dance's projects. 

We're proud to spread awareness of the Aboriginal Edmonton dataset, which  names FNMI places, describes their locations in terms of official place names, and details the origins of their names. You can access this at Edmonton's open data portal.

And, with Matthew, we're inviting you to participate in the Naming Edmonton initiative. For more on that, visit namingedmonton.com.

Download the Naming Edmonton and Open Data Fact Sheet here!

A chart created using data from Edmonton's open data portal

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