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Applications will be accepted until March 1, 2019
The Edmonton Social Planning Council is currently seeking new Board members for the 2019-2020 term

Download the latest Vital Topics- Senior Women in Edmonton

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2017 Annual Report for the
Edmonton Social Planning Council
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The publication provides a detailed analysis of social and economic trends in Edmonton. Information is provided about population demographics, education and employment, living costs & housing, income & wealth, poverty & government transfers, and key indicators of Edmonton’s social health

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  • Apply to be a Board member with ESPC

    Apply to be a Board member with ESPC

    Applications will be accepted until March 1, 2019 If you are passionate about equitable social policy and making a difference in your community, consider joining our team at the Edmonton Social Planning Council as a volunteer member of our Board of Directors! The Board Recruitment Committee is currently accepting applications from individuals interested in being recommended at our Annual General Read More
  • 2018 Vital Topics - Senior Women in Edmonton

    2018 Vital Topics - Senior Women in Edmonton

    Edmonton Vital Signs is an annual check-up conducted by Edmonton Community Foundation, in partnership with Edmonton Social Planning Council, to measure how the community is doing. This year we will also be focusing on individual issues, VITAL TOPICS, that are timely and important to Edmonton. Watch for these in each issue of Legacy in Action, and in the full issue Read More
  • Edmonton Vital Signs 2018

    Edmonton Vital Signs 2018

    Edmonton Vital Signs is an annual check-up conducted by Edmonton Community Foundation, in partnership with Edmonton Social Planning Council, to measure how the community is doing. This year we will also be focusing on individual issues, Vital Topics, that are timely and important to Edmonton - specifically Women, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Edmonton, Visible Minority Women, and Senior Women. Each of these topics appear in Read More
  • CBC News - Living wage in Edmonton is going up but that isn't good

    CBC News - Living wage in Edmonton is going up but that isn't good

    Radio Active with Adrienne Pan Interview with Sandra Ngo, Edmonton Social Planning Council. Click here to listen to the interview   Read More
  • Media Release: Edmonton Living Wage 2018 Update

    Media Release: Edmonton Living Wage 2018 Update

    June 21, 2018 For Immediate Release Edmonton Living Wage 2018 Update Contending with Costs For the first time in 2 years, the living wage for Edmonton has risen. For 2018, an income earner must make $16.48 per hour to support a family of four, an increase of $0.17 per hour from last year’s living wage. The living wage is intended Read More
  • 2018 Vital Topics - Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity

    2018 Vital Topics - Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity

    Edmonton Vital Signs is an annual check-up conducted by Edmonton Community Foundation, in partnership with Edmonton Social Planning Council, to measure how the community is doing. This year we will also be focusing on individual issues, VITAL TOPICS, that are timely and important to Edmonton. Watch for these in each issue of Legacy in Action, and in the full issue Read More
  • 2018 Vital Topics - Visible Minority Women in Edmonton

    2018 Vital Topics - Visible Minority Women in Edmonton

    Edmonton Vital Signs is an annual check-up conducted by Edmonton Community Foundation, in partnership with Edmonton Social Planning Council, to measure how the community is doing. This year we will also be focusing on individual issues, VITAL TOPICS, that are timely and important to Edmonton. Watch for these in each issue of Legacy in Action, and in the full issue Read More
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Welcome

The Edmonton Social Planning Council is an independent, non-profit, charitable organization. Our focus is social research, particularly in the areas of low income and poverty.

ESPC focus centres 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 presentation, and works collaboratively with other social agencies.

* Please note that we are not a government department, and we do not provide individuals with information about social benefit programs (i.e. AISH, worker's compensation benefits, etc.). If you have questions about these services, please contact the City of Edmonton at 311. For assistance with provincial programs Alberta Supports can help you access more than 30 programs and 120 community services https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-supports.aspx.

Your donation helps us do our work. It keeps our social research current and comprehensive. It allows us to take on bigger projects and make a greater impact in the community. It strengthens our voice—your voice, and the voices of those who lack the opportunity to speak for themselves. All donations are tax deductible, a tax reciept will be issued upon receipt of your donation. (Charitable Tax # 10729 31 95 RP 001)
The strength of our voice is dependent upon the support of people and organizations concerned about social issues—people like you. By getting involved with the Edmonton Social Planning Council, you add your voice to our message of positive social development and policy change.
To inquire directly about volunteer opportunities, please contact johnk@edmontonsocialplanning.ca or call 780-423-2031 ext. 350. Thank you for your interest in the Edmonton Social Planning Council
If you are passionate about equitable social policy and making a difference in your community, consider supporting the Edmonton Social Planning Council by joining our team as a volunteer member of our Board of Directors.

Global News - 1 in 6 Alberta children lives below poverty line

Read more about the Edmonton Social Planning Council report on child poverty in Alberta.

Alberta Child Poverty Report - 2018 Click to Download

Membership

The strength of our voice is dependent upon the support of people and organizations concerned about social issues—people like you. By getting involved with the Edmonton Social Planning Council, you add your voice to our message of positive social development and policy change.
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  • Individual
  • $25
  • Per Year
  • Visit the membership page for more information
  • All the standard membership benefits
  • Can vote at ESPC annual meetings and have a say in the direction of the organization
  • Are eligible to serve on the board of directors

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  • Associate
  • $15
  • Per Year
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  • All the standard membership benefits
  • No voting rights and members cannot sit on the Board of Directors

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  • Two Levels
  • Non-Profit / Business
  • $50 or $75
  • Per Year
  • Visit the membership page for more information
  • All the standard membership benefits
  • Can vote at ESPC annual meetings and have a say in the direction of the organization
  • Are eligible to serve on the board of directors
  • Two levels of Non-Profit/Business memberships are available
  • Click for more information