Poverty Issues

"More than 100,000 Edmontonians live in poverty with about 30% of them being children"


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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"Over two – thirds of low wage workers (68.8%) 25 years or older are women.”

“After adjusting for inflation, the top 1% of taxfilers saw a 65% increase in their real after-tax incomes compared to only a 5.5% gain for the bottom 99% of taxfilers over the period from 1982 to 2011.”

From No Change, After 25 Years of Promised, It’s Time to Eliminate Child Poverty -