fACT Sheet: Get Out & Vote! Election Information for Edmonton Voters

Introduction The right to vote in elections is considered one of the most important components of a democracy. Today, any Canadian citizen 18 years of age or older is eligible to cast their ballot in a municipal, provincial, and federal election. Unfortunately, this hasn’t always been the case. Voting was originally permitted only for men...

Research Update: September 2021

The Edmonton Social Planning Council, in collaboration with our volunteers, strives to provide stakeholders and community members with up-to-date reviews on recently published social research reports and publications. In this issue, we have the following reviews: Low-income persistence in Alberta – Reviewed by Besindone Dumi-Leslie The Future of...

Blog: Health Care Costs in Alberta: A Brief Overview

Written by Sung Min Jo, ESPC Research Assistant Introduction At the beginning of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic—arguably the biggest public health crisis of our time—transformed the prospects of Alberta’s economic climate. In response to these historic events, the government responded with surplus funding to meet public health mandates including...

fACT Sheet: Who is Responsible for Early Learning and Care?

Introduction Early learning and care refers to the environments where young children who have not yet entered kindergarten spend a portion of their day under the supervision of adults other than their parents. Sometimes called daycare or child care, early learning and care includes licensed child care centres, early education programs,...

Blog: Child Care in Alberta Today

Written by Luis Murcia, ESPC volunteer A reality for most parents is the need for child care—whether it is care for an infant, pre-schooler, or an older child. In Canada, both the federal and provincial governments are responsible for establishing programs to create and sustain quality child care. Therefore, every province tackles this matter in...

Executive Director Susan Morrissey’s Presentation to Edmonton City Council on the State of Immigration and Settlement’s Annual Report

On August 25, 2021, our Executive Director Susan Morrissey had the opportunity to present to Edmonton City Council’s Community and Public Services Committee to speak about the State of Immigration and Settlement’s 2021 Annual Report, which is titled Belonging: Stories of the Dignity and Resilience of Immigrants. Susan spoke about the importance...

Vital Topic: Small Business & Employment in Edmonton

Edmonton Vital Signs is an annual checkup conducted by Edmonton Community Foundation, in partnership with Edmonton Social Planning Council, to measure how the community is doing. Vital Topics are a quick but comprehensive look at issues that are timely and important to Edmonton. For this edition, we take a look at small businesses and employment...

fACT Sheet: What Are the Benefits of Early Learning and Care?

Introduction Early learning and care refers to the environments where young children who have not yet entered kindergarten spend a portion of their day without their parents. Also known as daycare or child care, early learning and care includes licensed child care centres, early education programs, preschools, and family day homes. Early learning...


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

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

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Property crime rates had been trending upwards for the past 8 years, however in 2020 we see a significant reduction in the property crime rate. #yeg #yegcc (3/3)
The rate has gone down for each of these indicators, meaning that the incidence and severity of (reported) crime has gone down in 2020. However, the biggest change is with property crime rates. #yeg #yegcc (2/3)
Our Social Well-Being Tracker, which measures the collective health of Edmonton, has recently been updated with updated statistics related to property crime rates, violent crimes rates, and the crime severity index.
Access the tracker: https://t.co/rYwI1JPWJJ #yeg #yegcc (1/3) https://t.co/pRkOJhgtyj
"Canada recently expanded its version of the child credit, and an evaluation found no reduction in work at all; in fact, employment rates among mothers increased." https://t.co/N9viWA1CT9 #CCB #cdnpoli
Our fACT Sheet includes the history of voting rights, voter turnout in previous elections, what different organizations are doing to increase voter turnout, as well as voting options for both elections. #yeg #yegcc #yegvote #Elxn44 #cdnpoli (2/2)
With a federal election on September 20th and a municipal election on October 18th, #yeg voters will have their say.

We have put together a fACT Sheet with voter information: https://t.co/JpqGm9UE7F #yegcc #yegvote #Elxn44 (1/2) https://t.co/YsXWpTpFn7
The median annual income for Black women ($36,000) in Edmonton was half the median income of White men ($72,000).
More information related to cost of living: https://t.co/wzTimg5spe & https://t.co/OV1CmvLVcK #yeg #yegcc #BIPOC https://t.co/i3qwr1PYEf
"The goal is to create “a place where you can get all of the immediate needs and amenities within a 15-minute … distance of your home,” architect Shafraaz Kaba told Green Energy Futures." https://t.co/DVMhpzk7Qa #yeg #yegcc #yegvote
"Affordable child-care programs boost female participation in the labour force, says @LindsayTedds, an economist at the University of Calgary and one of the letter’s signatories." https://t.co/BE5ruzad3n #cdnpoli #elxn44
Excellent information on how the major federal parties are addressing poverty, which includes proposals for supports for seniors, persons with disabilities, enhancements to the Canada Workers Benefit, basic income, and more. https://t.co/bCNgoGRn8W #cdnpoli #Elxn44

Recent Publications

fACTivist Newsletter

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

2020 Annual Report

80th Anniversary

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