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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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For Immediate Release

(Edmonton) While most Edmontonians have good jobs and adequate incomes, a new report on poverty in Edmonton shows that one in eight Edmontonians live in poverty and one in five children live in a poor family.

A Profile of Poverty in Edmonton, produced by the Edmonton Social Planning Council, gathered the latest federal, provincial and municipal data on income, employment, poverty by family size, housing, homelessness and food bank use.

Some of the report’s findings include:

  • Alberta has the highest rate of working poverty of any Canadian province,
  • Many Edmontonians work full-time yet earn an income below the poverty line,
  • Housing is not affordable for many. Edmonton trails Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary in having the highest average rents,
  • Income inequality in Edmonton is growing following national and provincial trends,
  • Edmontonians of Aboriginal descent are more likely to experience poverty, for example 43.7 per cent of Aboriginal children between 0 and 5 live in poverty,
  • Among ethnic groups, people of African ethnic origin have the highest prevalence of low income, and
  • Poverty is nearly twice as prevalent within city boundaries than in surrounding communities.

“Poverty is a complex issue with many stakeholders but some of the steps the City of Edmonton can take to reduce poverty is to implement a low income transit pass, ensure more land is available for affordable housing and implement a living wage for City contracted services,” said Edmonton Social Planning Council Executive Director Susan Morrissey.

“It’s our vision to eliminate poverty in Edmonton within a generation,” said Mayor Don Iveson. “This report is an important step in helping us make informed policy decisions and plan effective programs for our city’s most vulnerable citizens.”

The report, released on the occasion of the ESPC’s 75th anniversary, is the latest in a long tradition of producing reports and recommendations to inform evidence-based public policy decisions. This specific report was produced for End Poverty Edmonton, the Mayor’s Task Force to Eliminate Poverty and describes the overall picture of poverty in Edmonton, how poverty varies across age, gender, households and neighbourhoods, who is impacted most and what are the emerging trends impacting poverty reduction.

ESPC is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan social research organization, with registered charitable status with a focus on social research, particularly in the areas of low income and poverty

For more information:
Susan Morrissey
ESPC Executive Director
(780) 423-2031 x353 or (780) 218-7395 cell
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Copies of the report are available at: edmontonsocialplanning.ca Click here to download:  A Profile of Poverty in Edmonton
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