International Volunteer Day 2023: Celebrating How Volunteers Uplift Our Lives and Communities

 Written by Amethyst Zapisocky, ESPC Volunteer Summary: International Volunteer Day is an international initiative to recognize and appreciate the work volunteers all over the world do to support others and various communities. Reserve a spot for our Online Volunteer...

Blog: Get Your House in Order: Canada Marks National Housing Day, November 22

Written by Carrie-Anne Cyre, ESPC Volunteer November 22, 2023, commemorates Canadian National Housing Day, a day for Canadians to recognize housing as a fundamental human right. Established in 2019, the Canadian Parliament passed the National Housing Strategy Act....

Statement: UCP Resolutions

The Edmonton Social Planning Council (ESPC), as a source of knowledge and expertise on social issues is deeply saddened and concerned by the recent United Conservative Party (UCP) Annual General Meeting resolutions that target vulnerable and equity denied individuals...

Edmonton’s Living Wage 2023

[Nov. 8, 2023, Edmonton, AB] Today, Edmonton Social Planning Council (ESPC) in collaboration with the Alberta Living Wage Network (ALWN or “the Network”) has released a new living wage of $22.25 per hour for Edmonton. The living wage has increased by $0.85 over last...

Blog Post: Impacts of Parental Rights Movement on 2SLGBTQ+ Youth

Written by Janell Uden, Research Services and Capacity Building Coordinator   There is a lot of controversy surrounding a recent bill passed in Saskatchewan, which requires that schools obtain parental consent before a child under sixteen years old can use a preferred...

Vital Signs 2023 – A look at Food Security in Edmonton

Edmonton Vital Signs is an annual check-up initiative conducted by Edmonton Community Foundation, in partnership with Edmonton Social Planning Council, to measure how the community is doing. This Vital Signs report focuses on Food Insecurity in Edmonton.[3d-flip-book...


The Edmonton Social Planning Council is an independent, nonprofit, non-partisan social research organization with registered charitable status. Our focus is social research, particularly in the areas of low income and poverty. ESPC is a source of knowledge and expertise on social issues within our community.

ESPC focus centers on topics related to low income and poverty. Our work includes undertaking research into the nature and magnitude of social issues in our community; public awareness and understanding of current social issues; being an independent voice in the community; encouraging public participation in the development of social policies and the implementation of programs.

The strength of our voice and our role in the community is based on the support of people and organizations concerned about social issues. ESPC conducts research and analyzes data, produces reports, provides recommendations, is a depository of information, provides public education, conducts focus groups, does presentations, and works collaboratively with other social agencies.

We are dedicated to encouraging the adoption of equitable social policy, supporting the work of other organizations that are striving to improve the lives of Edmontonians, and educating the public regarding the social issues that impact them daily.

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Community Matters - September 2023 (click on image)

ESPC in the News

Radio Cite 97,9 Interview


Janell Uden, coordonnatrice des services de recherche et du renforcement des capacités au Conseil de planification sociale, a rencontre Élie Nkulu, notre journaliste pour en discuter.

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Midday On 630 CHED With Courtney Theriault

Sydney Sheloff, Strategic Research Coordinator at the Edmonton Social Planning Council discusses this year’s Living Wage

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630 CHED Afternoons With Bryn Griffiths And Reid Wilkins

Vital Signs Report: Food Security

Nneka Otogbolu, Director, Strategic Initiatives & Equity Advancement with the Edmonton Community Foundation and Susan Morrissey, Executive Director of the Edmonton Social Planning Council discuss the Vital Signs Report on food security in Edmonton.

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Check out our Social Well-Being Tracker

We are currently tracking 75 social well-being indicators for Edmonton and the region.

A. Demographics | BA: Income and Income Gaps | BB. Poverty | BC. Cost of Living | BD. Government Transfers | C. Employment and Labour | D. Education and Literacy | E. Built Environment | F. Social Inclusion | G. Health and Health Services

Community Engagement

We’re pleased to open up our Lunch and Learn series to other nonprofits to introduce agencies and their incredible programs and services to other community members.

For those interested in participating, we would love to host you at a future event. Please direct any inquiries to our Administrative Assistant. Subscribe to our email newsletter to stay informed about future Lunch and Learns and ESPC news and announcements.

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Lunch & Learn: Enhancing Impact within Alberta’s Mental Health & Addictions Care Systems

When: Thursday, December 15 @12pm

Speaker: Deborah McKinnon, President & CEO, Mental Health Foundation

Summary: The Mental Health Foundation was founded in 1998 and is dedicated to building better mental health services ...
for people in the Edmonton metropolitan region. They help fund education programs, research, new technologies, and facility enhancements. For this Lunch & Learn presentation, Deborah McKinnon will provide an overview of the Mental Health Foundation and its key priorities, which reflect an exciting evolution and growth over the last two years.[+] Show More
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