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  • Bake Sale in Support of the United Way

    Bake Sale in Support of the United Way

    Bake Sale Edmonton Social Planning Council #200, 10544 106 Street (Bassani Building) Wednesday, November 27, 2019 9:00am - 4:00 pm Pricing is by donation. Enjoy some baked goods and learn more about our work! 100% of the proceeds go directly to the United Way, which is working with partners in the community to help end poverty in Edmonton. Poverty is #Unignorable Read More
  • Lunch and Learn - December 10, 2019

    Lunch and Learn - December 10, 2019

    December 10, 2019 12:00 Noon - 1:30 PM Program Room - Stanley Milner Library (Enterprise Square Branch) 10212 Jasper Avenue Topic: Prevent It! Taking Action to Stop Child Sexual Abuse Please note: Registration is required for this event. Please CLICK HERE to register. About this presentation: The Edmonton Social Planning Council's Lunch & Learn Series is a series of engaging lunch-time talks about social Read More
  • 2019 Seasonal Celebration

    2019 Seasonal Celebration

    Our Board of Directors and Staff wish to extend an invitation to you to join us in celebrating the holidays at our office! Light snacks and refreshments will be served. When: December 5th, 4:00 to 6:00 pm Where: Suite #200, 10544 106 Street (Bassani Building) Read More
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    Susan Morrissey, Executive Director of the Edmonton Social Planning Council provided the recent Op-Ed in the Edmonton Journal. Read the full version here: https://edmontonjournal.com/opinion/columnists/opinion-budget-is-a-setback-for-lower-income-albertans Download the Fact Sheet here: 2019 Alberta Budget fACTsheet Excerpt from the Edmonton Journal: With the UCP tabling their first budget, there is a lot of talk of what this means. Depending on who you ask, this Read More
  • 2019 Alberta Provincial Budget Fact Sheet

    2019 Alberta Provincial Budget Fact Sheet

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  • Public Engagement on Affordable Housing Report

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  • A Profile of Poverty in Edmonton - May 2019 Update

    A Profile of Poverty in Edmonton - May 2019 Update

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  • 2019 Vital Topics - Indigenous Women in Alberta

    2019 Vital Topics - Indigenous Women in Alberta

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  • 2018 Vital Topics - The Arts

    2018 Vital Topics - The Arts

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Media Release
October 20, 2011

The Edmonton Social Planning Council (ESPC) today released the 2011 edition of its flagship publication Tracking the Trends 2011.   The 128-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, and poverty trends that together comprise the social health of Edmontonians.  Featured the 2011 edition is an examination of Edmonton’s increasing diversity with data on immigration, racial and linguistic diversity trends at a City-wide and neighbourhood level.

 

“Whether planning programs or developing policies, timely accurate information is critical to informed decision-making,” said Susan Morrissey, the ESPC’s Executive Director.  “The objective of Tracking the Trends is to be a one-stop resource for identifying and analyzing a broad range of social and economic trends in Edmonton,” she added.

“If there’s an overarching message in this year’s Tracking the Trends, it’s that Edmonton was strongly impacted by the economic recession that recently gripped the rest of Canada and much of the rest of the world,” said John Kolkman, ESPC’s Research Coordinator and report co-author.Kolkman highlighted several ways the recession’s impact is reflected in Edmonton trends:

•    A steep rise in poverty in our community. The number of children living in poverty in the metro Edmonton area jumped from 16,000 in 2006 to 41,000 in 2009 (p. 57);

•    Many people in Edmonton lost their jobs especially among recent immigrants, youth and Aboriginal people (p. 16).  This led by the end of 2009 to a tripling of the number of Edmontonians drawing employment insurance benefits (p. 65);

•    After a few years of increases beyond inflation, family incomes dropped in 2009 (p. 38);

•    There was also a significant increase in social assistance caseloads (p. 64) and in food bank use (p. 30). These are also indicators of economic distress.

“Our community is not immune from the growing gap in incomes and wealth,” Kolkman noted. “Income inequality between Alberta families has increased steadily in the past 20 years, and took a further jump in 2009 during the recent recession (p. 52).  In other words, Alberta’s economy is lifting the yachts more rapidly than the canoes and the row boats.”

Kolkman said the report also finds many positive trends:

•    In 2009, government income transfers reduced by 44% the number of children that otherwise fall below the poverty line(p. 62);

•     So far in 2011, Edmonton job growth has been strong (p. 13);

•    Although it will soon be the lowest in the country, the Alberta government recently lifted its freeze on the minimum wage (p. 41);

•    There is steady improvement in educational attainment as measured by high school completion. However, over one in five young adults fail to complete high school within five years showing more progress is needed (p. 10);

•    Despite the attention focused on the record number of homicides in 2011, Edmonton’s overall rates for both violent crime and property crime continue to decline (page 106).

Tracking the Trends 2011 also includes a special feature on Edmonton’s increasing diversity (p. 70).  “Growing numbers on immigrants and non-permanent residents is making Edmonton a more ethnically, racially and linguistically diverse city.   This increasing diversity creates integration challenges but also many opportunities for Edmonton in this rapidly globalizing and shrinking world,” Kolkman emphasized.

Kolkman describes Edmonton’s track record in meeting integration challenges as largely a good news story. Among the highlights:

•    As immigrants get more settled, they tend to relocate from lower income to middle and higher income neighbourhoods; 

•    The maps show that South Asians tend to prefer living in Southeast Edmonton, and those of Arabic origins in North End neighbourhoods.  Overall, the data shows visible minority populations live in neighbourhoods throughout the City;

•    Second generation immigrants are even more likely than their parents to live in neighbourhoods throughout  the City; and

•     Neither immigrants or those from visible minority backgrounds are disproportionately concentrated in lower income neighbourhoods.

Tracking the Trends 2011 combines 25 key indicators into a Social Health Index (p. 111). “Edmonton’s economic roller coaster is reflected in the index which peaked in 2008, declined sharply in 2009, began recovering in 2010, with further recovery projected for 2011. The bottom line is a 17.7% improvement in Edmonton’s social health since 1995,” Kolkman concluded.  

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