fACT Sheet: 2024 Alberta Provincial Budget

Introduction  The 2024-25 Alberta budget, titled A Responsible Plan for a Growing Province, covers finances from April 1, 2024 until March 31, 2025. This is the sixth budget of the governing United Conservative Party (UCP) as they enter their second term in...

Blog post: World Day of Social Justice 2024

Written by Alanna Molzahn,  ESPC Volunteer. Each year, the UN observes World Day of Social Justice, which encourages member nations to promote social justice in their countries. This year, we reflect on social justice advancements in the world, as well as shortcomings...

Media release: New Alberta Child Poverty Report Shows That a Return to Normal Should Not Mean a Return to Rising Poverty Levels.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   EDMONTON – The Edmonton Social Planning Council and Public Interest Alberta have jointly released a report on the state of child poverty in Alberta. The report finds that 1 in 6 children, or over 160,000 children, in Alberta are living in...

Alberta Child Poverty Report 2023

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...

Blog post: “Play (your) Cards Right”

Written by Susanne Urbina, Capacity Support Assistant If you’re not familiar with this gambling idiom, it refers to “leveraging a situation to your best possible advantage to increase the likelihood of a positive result” (Translation Royal, 2020). If we play our cards...

Blog post: International Day Of Education January 24, 2024

Written by Susanne Urbina, Capacity Support Assistant Endorsed by the United Nations, the International Day of Education celebrates and promotes the importance of education for peace and development.  This signification also highlights that education is a basic human...


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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Community Matters - December 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 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 & 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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