Statement: Indigenous Child Welfare Agreement

The Edmonton Social Planning Council applauds the announcement of the $40 billion agreement-in-principle between the federal government and First Nations leaders to compensate young people harmed by Canada's discriminatory child welfare system. Canada's colonial...

What you need to know about Stronger Foundations: The Government of Alberta’s affordable housing strategy

On Nov 1, 2021 the Government of Alberta released Stronger Foundations: Alberta's 10-year strategy to improve and expand affordable housing, intending to outline the action needed to provide more affordable and accessible housing options for Albertans. While some...

Blog: Covid-19 Exposing Vulnerabilities in Migrant Care Workers in Canada: Recommendations

Carrie-Anne Cyre, ESPC Volunteer This report by Rishika Wadehra, Equal Rights for Migrant Care Workers: The case for Immigration Policy Transformation, was published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) in October 2021. Wadehra is the 2021 McInturff...

Blog: Evictions in Canada: Understanding the Causes and Consequences of Housing Instability

Hanna Nash, ESPC Volunteer In association with the University of Winnipeg, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) research report, Evictions and Eviction Prevention in Canada, discusses the impact of housing evictions on families and individuals. Authors...

2021 Living Wage Report – Single Adults in Edmonton

A living wage is rooted in the belief that individuals and families should not just survive, but live with dignity and opportunities to participate in their community. A living wage is defined as the hourly wage that a primary income earner must make to provide for...

Blog: Renewed Focus on an Old Problem: Youth Opioid use in Alberta from 2018-2021

Jayme Wong, ESPC volunteer Renewed Focus: A Follow-Up Report on Youth Opioid Use in Alberta was published by the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate Alberta, an independent office of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, in June 2021. The report was published three...


The Edmonton Social Planning Council is an independent, non-profit, 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 who are striving to improve the lives of Edmontonians, and educating the public regarding the social issues that impact them daily

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

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Latest Posts and Publications


2021 Living Wage Report - Single Adults in Edmonton

2021 Living Wage Report

Shift Lab's Guide to Bystander Intervention

Research Update - December 2021

Feature Report — Confronting Racism with Data: Why Canada Needs Disaggregated Race-Based Data

News and Announcements

Today is family literacy day, this year's theme is Learning in the Great Outdoors - try to take the time today to learn with your family while enjoying nature!

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ESPC is pleased to announce we have updated some of the employment and labour indicators on our Social Well-being Tracker. Check out some of the highlights below!

Learn more:

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This year's theme is "Changing course, transforming education". Today highlights the importance of globally advocating for education as it is a human right, a public good and a public responsibility.

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@aidecanada has created this great online course as a resource to be able to recognize and support those who struggle with verbal communication or may have sensory processing differences

Take the course here:

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Another informative blog post from @homelesshub - in this post the author explores the root causes of youth homelessness based on past and emerging research.

Read the full post here:

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Great news the City of Edmonton will continue to operate the overnight bus services to shelters until April

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Here's another interesting fact in ESPC's history to start off your week!

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"People with lived/living experience deeply understand
the realities of poverty. Their stories and experiences
serve as powerful tools for building compassion and for disrupting and clarifying a community’s understanding of its root causes and scope."
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Check out @homelesshub's blog post on 10 things to know about COVID and Homelessness

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ESPC started back in 1940, since we've been around for over 80 years there is lots of history that can be shared - stay tuned for more ESPC facts!

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