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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
  • Opinion: Budget is a setback for lower-income Albertans

    Opinion: Budget is a setback for lower-income Albertans

    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

    Download: 2019 Alberta Budget fACTsheet Introduction The 2019 budget, which runs until March 31, 2020, is titled A Plan for Jobs and the Economy. The main priorities it identifies is creating jobs and reducing the deficit. We are now almost 7 months into the 2019-20 budget year, so many of the big changes announced will not take effect until next spring’s Read More
  • Public Engagement on Affordable Housing Report

    Public Engagement on Affordable Housing Report

    Access to stable and quality housing can produce positive outcomes to community health and education, and ultimately improve neighbourhood conditions and perceptions. Families that are in unstable housing are more likely to face intergenerational poverty. Living in unsafe neighbourhoods could have detrimental effects on physical and mental health. Despite these benefits, there is still formidable public opposition to providing quality Read More
  • A Profile of Poverty in Edmonton - May 2019 Update

    A Profile of Poverty in Edmonton - May 2019 Update

    Read the full report (click on the link):A Profile of Poverty in Edmonton - May 2019 Update Click to download: 2016 Federal Census Neighbourhood Summary Click to download: Map: Prevalence of Low Income After-Tax (All Ages) Click to download: Map: Prevalence of Low Income After-Tax (0 to 17) INTRODUCTION Poverty affects people from all walks of life – young, old, employed, unemployed, those Read More
  • 2019 Vital Topics - Indigenous Women in Alberta

    2019 Vital Topics - Indigenous Women in Alberta

    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 Indigenous Women in Alberta.   Download: Vital Topic - Indigenous Women in 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
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Media Release
June 17, 2013

"STEP was a cost effective partnership between the Province and community organizations providing needed community programs to children and families across Alberta, and to post-secondary students looking for valuable on the job training for their future careers.  In exchange for a $7.00 per hour provincial contribution typically for 12 weeks, community organizations would top up salaries and often extend the number of weeks of employment at their own expense," ESPC Executive Director Susan Morrissey noted.

A survey released today by the Inter-City Forum on Social Policy (ICFSP) and Edmonton Social Planning Council (ESPC) found significant impacts on children and families and post-secondary students due to the elimination of the Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP) in the 2013 provincial budget. The ICFSP represents 19 cities across Alberta.

"Municipalities have long valued STEP because - for a modest investment by both the municipalities and province - tens of thousands of children and families were able to participate in meaningful activities and programs when school is out," said Councillor Ben Henderson, who chairs ICFSP.

ICFSP partnered with ESPC to conduct an online survey in late March and early April 2013.  A total of 234 surveys were completed by 27 municipal governments and 207 not for profit organizations throughout Alberta.  Major impacts due to the loss of STEP include:

  • On average per year, survey respondents provided employment for 508 students who in turn provided services to 89,088 Albertans many of whom were children and from low income groups;
  • 49% of respondents will hire fewer students and 36% will not hire students at all in 2013;
  • 56% of respondents will not be able to maintain programs and services, 30% planned to maintain services and the balance are were unsure;
  • 58% of survey respondents said fewer people would be able to access their programs, and 44% said vulnerable low income children and families would not be able to access free summer programming.


"The Social Policy Framework goal of enabling collaboration and partnership was achieved by STEP.  Our survey demonstrates the consequences of its elimination.  We are urging the Government of Alberta to address this lost opportunity.  STEP has been a partnership between government, municipalities and not-for-profits and we hope to work together to come up with a viable solution," Councillor Henderson concluded.
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For more information:
Susan Morrissey, ESPC Executive Director
(780) 218-7395

To view the entire survey results CLICK Here

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