Blog: Mental Health-Related Disability and Employment Equity

Nicole Sobus, ESPC volunteer Accessing employment is an ongoing challenge for many individuals. Various factors come into play when looking for a job, such as skills, interests, and education, as well as the type and number of jobs available in the current job market....

$10-a-Day Childcare for Alberta

Announcement The Edmonton Social Planning Council (ESPC) is pleased to learn about the recent agreement between the provincial and federal governments to offer $10-a-day child care for families in Alberta. This announcement will lead to 42,500 new regulated spaces and...

Edmonton Living Wage 2021 Update

A living wage is rooted in the belief that individuals and families should not just survive, but live with dignity and participate in their community. A living wage is defined as the hourly wage that a primary income earner must make to provide for themselves, their...

Blog: Health Care Investments: Efforts to Optimize and Improve Efficiencies in the Health Care System

Written by Sung Min (Amy) Jo, 2021 Canada Summer Jobs, Research Assistant The provincial budget for 2021 proposed a 4% increase in funding, to approximately $23 billion, to Alberta’s health care system. This is significant, as previous models recommended a 1.5%...

United Way 2021 Campaign

Edmonton Social Planning Council’s 2021 United Way Campaign Poverty is the most debilitating social issue we are dealing with today. It strips people of self-esteem, robs children of their true potential, and causes families to lose hope. It can take many forms, and...

Blog: It’s time for an upgrade: Improving emergency shelter standards in Edmonton

Written by Brett Lambert, Community Engagement Coordinator For more than a decade, ending chronic homelessness has been a high priority for the City of Edmonton. The city was praised for reducing its homeless population in half, from 3,200 in 2009 to 1,600 in 2019....


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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Confronting Racism with Data: Why Canada Needs Disaggregated Race-Based Data

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Edmonton Social Planning Council @edmontonspc
Time for another article of the day!

Take some time to learn about the new affordable housing for veterans that opened up here in Edmonton yesterday.

Read the article here:

#ESPC #veterans #yeg #yeghousingmonth
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Edmonton Social Planning Council @edmontonspc
Campaign 2000 has released its annual national report card on child and family poverty.

To check out all the report cards, press releases and infographics use this link:

#childpoverty #nooneleftbehind
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Edmonton Social Planning Council @edmontonspc
Here it is, the article of the day!

Learn from the insight of an outreach worker regarding developing a #Homeless shelter specifically for families here in #yeg

Read the article here:
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Edmonton Social Planning Council @edmontonspc
Housing is a Human Right

Our friends at @PIAlberta are taking action during our growing housing emergency. They have developed a form that will send a letter to the MLA in your area voicing your demand for housing for all.

Get involved:
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Edmonton Social Planning Council @edmontonspc
Today is National Housing Day!

For more information on Housing Awareness and Helping End Homelessness please check out Edmonton Housing Month for more resources:

#WeCanEndHomelessness #YegHousingMonth
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7 days ago
Edmonton Social Planning Council @edmontonspc
We have a new blog post up on our website from one of our amazing volunteers, Nicole Sobus about Mental Health-Related Disability and Employment Equity.

Read the blog post here:

#Yeg #Employment #Mentalhealth
8 days ago
Edmonton Social Planning Council @edmontonspc
"The pandemic continues to have a large impact on vulnerable people, and this funding will ensure access to services like 24-7 emergency shelter and support for victims of domestic violence while keeping clients safe."

Read the release:

#Yeg #Alberta
9 days ago
Edmonton Social Planning Council @edmontonspc
This week is all about putting awareness on bullying and understanding its impacts. One resource you can turn to for help is the Bullying Helpline, which is 24/7 and is available in over 170 languages.


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Edmonton Social Planning Council @edmontonspc
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@theECF: Our latest Vital Signs report takes you on a deep dive into how Edmontonians are Making Ends Meet. 💵

Developed alongside @edmontonspc. Read the full report:

We’re pleased to open up our Lunch and Learn sessions 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.

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