fACT Sheet: Canadian Dental Care Plan

Introduction  Although Canada is known for universal health care, the scope of this program is fairly limited, and does not cover all health needs a person may have. Prescription drugs, eyeglasses, medical supplies, and dental care, all require a workplace or personal...

Community Matters June 2024: 2SLGBTQI+ Community

Welcome to the summer edition of our quarterly publication, Community Matters. The aim of Community Matters is to inform the community about social issues that impact people who live in our community. The information contained allows readers to increase their...

Awareness Leading to Change: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Written by Jen Scherer,  ESPC Volunteer. June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, dedicated to raising awareness, providing education, and encouraging conversations about elder abuse. Elder abuse is “any action or inaction by a person(s) in a trusting relationship...

Blog post: Cultural Diversity: Walk the Talk

Written by Ugoeze Uchegbu-Okoroh,  ESPC Volunteer. Culture is simply the way of life of a group of people. Now more than ever, celebrating the world day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development has become crucial. It not only recognizes the diverse cultures...

Blog post: The Buzz Around World Bee Day

Written by Shahina Hanif, ESPC Volunteer. During our youth, playing outside in the summer, and the fear of being stung by a bee would paralyze one with fear whenever the tantalizing sound of buzzing was nearby. Although the fear of being stung has not left many of us,...

2023 Annual Report of the Edmonton Social Planning Council

Read our Annual Report and learn about who we are, our work in 2023 that shows our continued dedication to encouraging the adoption of equitable social policy, supporting the work of other organizations who are striving to improve the lives of Edmontonians, and...


The Edmonton Social Planning Council (ESPC) is a local, charitable and non-partisan organization that was founded in 1940. ESPC conducts social research on low income and poverty issues in our community. ESPC also provides knowledge and expertise on these issues, raises public awareness and understanding, advocates for social policies and programs, and fosters public participation.

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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ESPC in the News

Radio Active

Child poverty rates dipped in the pandemic lockdowns. What are they like now?

On February 27, 2024, Sydney Sheloff, our Strategic Research Coordinator, told Radio Active that the dip in child poverty rates didn’t last.

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St. Albert Gazette

Canada middle of the pack for child poverty among rich nations

Sydney Sheloff, our Strategic Research Coordinator, discusses the child poverty situation in the province of Alberta in recent years.

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Edmonton Journal

One in five Albertans don’t have reliable access to affordable, nutritious food

Susan Morrissey, our Executive Director, delves into the number of Alberta households experiencing food insecurity.


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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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Edmonton Journal

OPINION – Proposed public spaces bylaws are an attack on Edmonton’s marginalized

Susan Morrissey, our Executive Director, expresses concerns with proposed bylaw changes that aim to regulate the use of public spaces.

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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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Latest News


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 Executive Assistant. Subscribe to our email newsletter to stay informed about future Lunch and Learns and ESPC news and announcements.

The video is the latest from our Lunch and Learn series. Click on the image to view or visit our YouTube channel for more videos (click here)

Lunch and Learn: ‘Back to Normal’ Should Not Mean Rising Poverty: An Alberta Child Poverty Report

Bradley Lafortune, Public Interest Alberta and
Sydney Sheloff, Edmonton Social Planning Council.

When: Monday, March 19, 2024 at 12:00 PM MST

Event Description: Since 2008, the Edmonton Social Planning Council and ...
Public Interest Alberta have been tracking the state of child poverty through our annual Alberta Child Poverty Reports, measuring the progress (or lack of progress) over the years and recommending pathways for governments to reduce and eliminate child poverty. Join us for this Lunch & Learn event to learn more about the current situation and what we can all do to hold governments accountable for their long-overdue promise to eliminate child poverty by 2000.[+] Show More
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