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  • 2019 Award of Merit for Advocacy of Social Justice

    2019 Award of Merit for Advocacy of Social Justice

    The Edmonton Social Planning Council (ESPC) is an organization committed to undertaking social research for the benefit of the entire community. We recognize many individuals and groups in our community also work tirelessly to advocate for programs in parallel to the ESPC vision of a just and inclusive community. The ESPC’s annual Award of Merit recognizes an individual, or group, Read More
  • 2018 Vital Topics - The Arts

    2018 Vital Topics - The Arts

    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.  This edition focuses on The Arts. ARTS include a wide variety of creative disciplines including: 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
  • More Alberta families worked part-time, or part year, as the province’s oil economy took a downturn, Statistics Canada study shows

    More Alberta families worked part-time, or part year, as the province’s oil economy took a downturn, Statistics Canada study shows

     By Catherine GriwkowskyStarMetro Edmonton Thu., May 17, 2018 Original Article - click here EDMONTON—Pipeline inspector and project manager turned stay-at-home dad Chad Miller is pinning his family’s future on the approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline as he searches for work to pay off debt. “I’ve got more qualifications than I know what to do with and I can’t even get Read More
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The Edmonton Social Planning Council, Public Interest Alberta, and the Alberta College of Social Workers released a new report, “Keep Investing in Alberta’s Children: The Government’s Role in Ending Child and Family Poverty.”

To download the report click on this button

“We were pleased to see a variety of new and improved investments in Alberta’s children and families with the 2017-18 provincial budget,” said Heather Curtis, Research Coordinator for the Edmonton Social Planning Council. She noted that there are a variety of key initiatives including the improvement of the child and family benefits, which transfers more money directly into the pockets of low and modest income Alberta families.

As of 2015, which is the most recent data available, there are 149,700 children ages 0 to 17 living in poverty, up from 144,620 in 2014, equating to 15.7% of Albertan children living below the poverty line. Since 2005, there has been a modest reduction of 2 percentage points of the proportion of children living in poverty. While Alberta’s rate is significantly lower than other provinces, there is still much work to be done to make substantial progress.

The report shows that low-income, lone-parent families in Alberta experience a significant poverty gap, meaning their median after-tax incomes are significantly lower than the poverty line for the same family type. Curtis explains how the poverty gap may change in coming years: “Next year we will begin to see the impacts of improved child and family benefits on the child poverty rate and the poverty gap. It is likely the proportion of children living in poverty will decrease and the poverty gap for low-income families will be less significant.”

The report shows that Alberta’s income inequality has increased faster than the national average, with the top 1% of earners seeing real income gains of 74.4% since 1982 while the bottom half of income earners only saw a small gain of 10%.

Between April 2016 and March 2017, 292,400 employees (15.5%) in Alberta are classified as low wage earners, meaning they make less than $15/hour. 73.8% of low wage workers are over the age of 20, contradicting the myth that only teenagers living with their parents work in low wage jobs.

Joel French, Executive Director of Public Interest Alberta noted that Alberta’s tax system continually generates an unnecessarily low amount of revenue, which limits the government’s ability to address child poverty. He explained, “If Alberta had the tax system of any other province, the lowest amount of additional annual revenue we would generate would be $8.7 billion. If the government does not fix our tax system to address its massive shortage in tax revenue, longer-term reductions in child and family poverty levels will be impossible.”

For more information, please contact:

Heather Curtis
Research Coordinator
Edmonton Social Planning Council
(780)-423-2031 x354

Joel French
Executive Director
Public Interest Alberta
(780)-420-0471
Cellphone: (780)-893-9379

 

 

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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