Community Matters September 2023

Welcome to the Fall Edition of our quarterly publication, Community Matters. Community Matters aims to inform the community about social issues that impact citizens and connect the dots between social issues, evidence, and policy. We aim to use this space to give...

Vital Topic: Hunger Happens Here

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...

Community Matters June 2023

Note: This is excerpted from the June 2023 edition of our Community Matters publication.  Welcome to the Summer Edition of our quarterly publication, Community Matters. Community Matters aims to inform the community about social issues that impact citizens and connect...

Research Review: A Place to Call Home: Addressing the Needs of 2SLGBTQ+ Youth Throughout Their Housing Journeys

Safe, Stable, Long-Term: Supporting 2SLGBTQ+ Youth Along the Housing Continuum, written by Christina Hackett, Chloe Halpenny, Basia Pakula, and Tiffany Scurr, investigates 2SLGBTQ+ youth’s intersectional access to housing. This report was made by the Social Research...

Alberta Child Poverty Report 2022

The Alberta Child Poverty Report is an annual report produced by the Edmonton Social Planning Council and Public Interest Alberta. It is designed to inform policy-makers, advocates, and decision-makers in their work to end child poverty and create an equitable Alberta...

CM: Literacy: Terms and Definitions

Literacy encompasses many different forms and can be used in many different aspects of life. It extends beyond the ability to read and understand words on a page. Below are some key definitions of various kinds of literacy. Many of these types of literacies will be...


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)

A new report takes the pulse of Edmonton with a deeper look at systemic racism.

CBC Radio Edmonton AM with Mark Connolly and Tara McCarthythy

Guest: Sydney Sheloff, Strategic Research Coordinator, Edmonton Social Planning Council – (Click to hear the interview)

New report suggests Alberta’s living wage is higher than the minimum wage

630 CHED Afternoons with J’lyn Nye

Guest: Susan Morrissey, Executive Director, Edmonton Social Planning Council – (Click to hear the interview)

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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.

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 & 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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