Media Release: New retrospective publication highlights Edmonton Social Planning Council’s 80 years of contributions towards building a better and more inclusive Edmonton

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 11, 2021 EDMONTON – 80 Years of Community Building, a new retrospective publication produced by the Edmonton Social Planning Council (ESPC) to mark our 80th anniversary, underscores the enormous contributions the non-profit organization has made towards the history of social development in Edmonton. The publication...

Op-Ed: Hero-pay raises are the least we can do for frontline workers

Note: this op-ed originally ran in the Edmonton Journal on December 9, 2020. Written by Sydney Sheloff and Brett Lambert When the COVID-19 pandemic caused lockdowns for much of Canada’s economy back in March, an interesting thing happened. The contributions of those working minimum wage or low-income jobs – whether they were grocery store...

Media Release: COVID-19 has shone a spotlight on child and family poverty in Alberta, says new report

EDMONTON - The Alberta College of Social Workers, the Edmonton Social Planning Council, and Public Interest Alberta have jointly released a report on the state of child and family poverty in Alberta, Spotlight: Lessons on Child Poverty during a Pandemic. Over 160,000 or 1 in 6 children experience the all-encompassing effects of childhood poverty...

Media Release: Educational outcomes for Edmontonians improve while racial and gender inequalities persist, says new ESPC report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Edmonton’s residents are better educated than before despite persistent racial and gender inequalities. Additionally, poverty continues to negatively impact too many families as their cost of living goes up and economic challenges persist. That’s according to the 15th edition of Tracking the Trends, the flagship publication...

Letter to the Editor: City’s plan for homeless applauded

Note: This letter to the editor was originally published in the Edmonton Journal on October 15, 2020. The Edmonton Social Planning Council applauds Edmonton’s rapid plan to end homelessness in the city. With winter on the horizon and the adverse impacts of COVID-19 on vulnerable and marginalized populations, quick action to address those living...

Op-Ed: All parties must be prepared to compromise to prioritize human-rights approach to affordable housing (July 9, 2020)

Note: This op-ed was originally published in the Edmonton Journal on July 9, 2020. by Sandra Ngo and Brett Lambert We’ve seen the headlines before: vocal members of the community expressing their opposition to a proposed affording housing development. Stories of home owners’ associations taking developers to court, protests organized, and heated...

Province and federal government must commit their shares of funding to rental assistance, new Edmonton Social Planning Council report states

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 12, 2020 EDMONTON - A new report released by the Edmonton Social Planning Council shows that the toll of households placed on long waiting lists for rental assistance is high and action is urgently needed. The High Cost of Waiting: Tenant-Focused Solutions to Enhance Housing Affordability sets out to document the...

Alberta Child Poverty Report – Edmonton Journal Op-Ed

https://edmontonjournal.com/opinion/columnists/opinion-ending-child-poverty-in-alberta-is-our-moral-obligation Alberta Child Poverty Report Edmonton Journal Op-Ed By Joel French, Sandra Ngo, and Ajay Hartenfeld Pandhi Every night, 160,000 children in Alberta suffer the all-encompassing effects of poverty. They are more vulnerable to issues...

John Kolkman on CBC Edmonton AM with Mark Connolly and Tara McCarthy

Funding to help people find affordable housing has been cut 24 per cent by the province. We'll take a look at what that means for low income Albertans trying to find housing. Click here to listen to John Kolkman on CBC Edmonton AM with Mark Connolly and Tara McCarthy.  [et_bloom_inline optin_id="optin_1"] * Please note that we are not a...

Report shows investing in families is key to ending child poverty

EDMONTON - The Alberta College of Social Workers, Edmonton Social Planning Council, and Public Interest Alberta have jointly released a report on the state of child and family poverty in Alberta called " Invest in Families: Ending Child Poverty is Good for All .” Click to download: Invest In Families: Ending Child Poverty Is Good For All Click to...

ESPC in the News

Edmonton’s 2016 living wage: $16.69 per hour

Edmonton's 2016 living wage: $16.69 per hour Edmonton Social Planning Council releases annual report By: Alex Boyd Metro Published on Thu Jun 23 2016 Two working adults living in the city with two kids would each have to make $16.69 an hour in order to make ends meet,...

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Helping out impoverished children

Helping out impoverished children Kevin Hampson The Alberta government should raise more dollars in taxes in order to support impoverished children, argues Joel French, keynote speaker at the Alberta Teachers' Association's Well-Being of Children and Youth...

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