Blog: The Effect of Extreme Weather on People Experiencing Homelessness  

By Amanda Labonte Changes to our climate drastically impact the severity and duration of extreme weather events. Events in 2021 included flooding, out-of-control wildfires, severe storms producing large hail, and extreme temperature fluctuations as low as -51.9 °C to...

Blog: 2SLGBTQIA+ , Safe Spaces, and the Intersections of Neurodiversity and Mental Wellness

By Amanda Labonte & Jenna Robinson   2SLGBTQIA+ folks, Safe Spaces, and the Intersections of Neurodiversity and Mental Wellness  The Pride Centre of Edmonton is an organization that “provides a non-judgmental, welcoming space where people of all attractions,...

Blog: The Divide – Cities for Cars Cities for People 

By Luis Alejandro Murcia Jiménez   Throughout history, people have used many different types of transportation to move through and between towns and cities. From using the most basic methods, like walking or biking, to complex types of machinery, like cars and trains....

Blog: Roe v. Wade and the disproportionate implications for Black women in the United States

By Jenna Robinson    The recent overruling of Roe v. Wade by the United States Supreme Court presents serious challenges for folks in need of abortions and for reproductive rights in general. It is critical that conversations and discussions remain inclusive as this...

Blog: The Impacts of the Overturning of Roe v. Wade on Individuals Experiencing Poverty

By Mariska Konnik   On June 24th, 2022, the United States Supreme Court ruled to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision that provided constitutional access to abortion across America for nearly 50 years. This landmark decision will limit the access to abortion...

Blog: Roe v. Wade: Implications and Impact for Abortion Access in a Canadian and Albertan Context

Many of us have been reeling with the seriousness from the United States Supreme Court’s overruling of Roe vs Wade, a ruling that has been in place since 1973, that is just shy of 50 years. Let that sink in. The ruling that has made it possible for countless people to...


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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@theECF: The most recent Vital Topic scratched the surface on the history of racism 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 Matters - July 2022

Vital Topics: A Look at the History of Racism Towards Indigenous & People of Colour in Edmonton

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

Shift Lab's Guide to Bystander Intervention

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 videos below are the latest from our Lunch and Learn series. Click on the image to view or visit our YouTube channel for more videos (click here)

COVID-19 and the Islamic Community in Edmonton

Managing Mental Health for Frontline Staff

COVID-19 and the Islamic Community in Edmonton

Low Literacy - A Foundational Issue in our Society

COVID-19 and the Islamic Community in Edmonton

COVID-19 and the Islamic Community in Edmonton

Advocating for Inclusive Youth Services, Understanding YEG Youth Access Guidelines

Advocating for Inclusive Youth Services, Understanding YEG Youth Access Guidelines

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