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  • 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
  • 78TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

    78TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

    DATE: THURSDAY, MAY 24TH, 2018 TIME: 5:30 TO 6:15 P.M. The ANNEX-Edmonton Food Bank 11434 – 120th Street Edmonton, Alberta Please join the Board and staff of the Edmonton Social Planning Council to celebrate our accomplishments of the past year, and to hear about upcoming activities of the Council. Your membership must be current in order to vote. Membership may Read More
  • Tracking the Trends 2018

    The Edmonton Social Planning Council (ESPC) today released the 2018 edition of its flagship publication Tracking the Trends. The 131-page publication provides a detailed analysis of social and economic trends in Edmonton. Information is provided about population demographics, education and employment, living costs & housing, income & wealth, poverty & government transfers, and key indicators of Edmonton’s social health. Download: Read More
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Join us October 26, 2018 as Elizabeth Bonkink (Edmonton Community Foundation) and Heather Curtis (ESPC Research Coordinator) review this year's Vital Signs - Belonging and Social Isolation.

Edmonton Vital Signs is an annual check-up conducted by Edmonton Community Foundation, in partnership with the Edmonton Social Planning Council, to measure how our community is doing with a focus on a specific topic. This year we are looking at belonging and social isolation and the communities that are at risk.


Community foundations across Canada and internationally are reporting on how their communities are doing and how Canada is doing overall.

Click Here to Download: 2017 Vital Signs Report: Belonging

The 2017 national Vital Signs report looks at the many ways that community-level systems affect people’s sense of inclusion. Drawing on a wealth of community knowledge, the publication unpacks the impact of rising housing costs, wage gaps, wealth inequality, and a lack of faith in public institutions on belonging, most notably for newcomers, visible minorities and Indigenous Peoples

Click link to view report: https://issuu.com/communityfoundationsofcanada/docs/cfc026_vitalsignsreport_en_single_s

Click here to view webpage: http://communityfoundations.ca/vitalsigns/belonging

The Edmonton Vital Signs report will be launched Friday, October 6, 2017. 

Part of the work of the Edmonton Social Planning Council is to provide opportunities for citizens to engage in their community.  Through understanding the various positions candidates hold on issues, voter can make informed decisions.   Earlier this month we asked the candidate for the upcoming 2017 municipal election to answer one question related to poverty elimination. Candidates were advised that their answers would be shared verbatim. 

Candidates were asked the following question, “Can you please identify what the City of Edmonton’s top priorities should be to reduce poverty in our community?”  Here are the responses that we received.

ESPC's 2016 annual report will fill you in on the best parts of our work in 2016. Highlights of our work include the publication of Needs and Gaps in Services of Edmonton's LGBTQ Population, VitalSignsTM, and our two living wage reports: More than Minimum: Calculating Edmonton's Living Wage 2016 and Calculating Edmonton's Living Wage: Other Family Types 2016 Update.

ESPC staff have also been involved in numerous committees and coalitions, and have volunteered their time at two Homeless Connect events as well as the October 2016 point-in-time Homeless Count.

Building our success on our new strategic framework, ESPC is proud to continue its work informing social justice work in Edmonton as it fulfills its mission of A community in which all people are full and valued participants.

Download Edmonton Social Planning Council's 2016 Annual Report today!