Blog: Holiday Blues: Holiday Stress and the Impact on Mental Health

Do you get holiday blues? Holidays are not a relaxing time for everyone. Discover how the presence or absence of family members during holidays can affect mental health.  By Orekogbe Moyosoreoluwa, ESPC Volunteer Holidays are supposed to be a relaxing time spent with...

Community Matters: December 2022

Note: This is excerpted from the December 2022 edition of our Community Matters publication.  Welcome to the fourth issue of our new quarterly publication, Community Matters. Community Matters aims to inform the community about social issues that impact citizens and...

Celebrate! Tomorrow is International Volunteer Day!

International Volunteer Day was started by the UN in 1985 and celebrated on December 5th. This is a day of recognition for volunteers at international, national and local levels. This year’s theme is solidarity through volunteering. Change happens when we work...

CM: Old Strathcona Youth Society – A Place Where Youth Matter

By Amanda Labonte   Old Strathcona Youth Society (OSYS), located at 10325 83 Ave is a street-level, safe drop-in space for vulnerable youth who are between the ages of 14 –24. Youth are provided with support, resources, harm reduction materials, and fun...

Vital Signs 2022 – A Look at Systemic Racism 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 Vital Signs report focuses on individual issues, that are timely and important to...

Blog: Giving Tuesday – Calling on Edmontonians 

Giving Tuesday is a day to share and support local non-profits. Consider donating to Edmonton Social Planning Council Today! By Ankur Subedi, ESPC Volunteer Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement that empowers individuals and organizations to transform their...


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

CBC Radio Edmonton AM with Mark Connolly and Tara McCarthyth

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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Join us for our Lunch & Learn next week with @MentalHealthAB on enhancing impact within Alberta's mental health and addictions care systems!

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Do you get holiday blues? Holidays are not a relaxing time for everyone. Discover how the presence or absence of family members during holidays can affect mental health. 

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The winter edition of Community Matter is out now!

For this issue, we are focusing on mental health and wellness. Just as the health and well-being of our physical bodies are important and in need of being taken care of, the same extends to our minds.
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Celebrate! Tomorrow is International Volunteer Day!

Thank you to all the volunteers who support and contribute to the Edmonton Social Planning Council.

Read the post and see the volunteer impact report here:

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@DShepYEG: Was very happy to join @theECF & @edmontonspc yesterday for the release of their latest Vital Signs report on Systemic Racism in Edmonton.

This is an incredibly important topic as diversity in #yeg continues to grow & IBPOC residents continue to face real inequities. #ableg
Our youth are human. They deserve safety, they deserve to be able to live in a place of their choosing where they feel safe. They deserve people around them in their community that are willing to work to help get them there.
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Living Wage Alberta Employer

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 non-profits as a way of introducing 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. To stay informed about future Lunch and Learns and ESPC news and announcements, subscribe to our email newsletter.

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: Bring the Joy — how we can help others this holiday season

Since 1940, the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton has provided a festive meal and the coordination of Christmas services to all Edmontonians in need. This Lunch & Learn session will include overview of the services the Bureau offers, our application process, and the delivery of their services. In 2021 alone, more than 35,000 individuals were served by the Christmas Bureau (and about half of them were children or youth under the age of 18), so the need is still great.

Speaker: Adam Zawadiuk, Executive Director, Christmas Bureau of Edmonton

When: Wednesday, November 23 @12pm
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This holiday season, consider gifting an ESPC membership or donation.

Your donation helps us do our work. It keeps our social research current and comprehensive. It allows us to take on more significant 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.

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