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  • 79th Annual General Meeting

    79th Annual General Meeting

    Please join the Board and Staff of the Edmonton Social Planning Council to celebrate our accomplishments in the past year, and to hear about upcoming activities of the council! Your membership must be current in order to vote. Membership may be purchased or renewed at the door. When: May 23, 2019 Where: Edmonton Food Bank Annex - 11434-120 Street (The facility 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

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    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

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  • 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

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  • Media Release: Edmonton Living Wage 2018 Update

    Media Release: Edmonton Living Wage 2018 Update

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  • 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

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    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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For Immediate Release

New Report Highlights the Path Forward to Ending Child Poverty

The Edmonton Social Planning Council, the Alberta College of Social Workers, and Public Interest Alberta released a new report, “The Path Forward: Opportunities to End Child Poverty in Alberta” on the eve of the Alberta government’s 2016 budget.  

“Along with other Albertans, we await details of the government’s budgetary plans,” said John Kolkman, Research Coordinator for the Edmonton Social Planning Council.  He noted that in terms of and poverty reduction, a number of key initiatives were announced in the October 2015 budget and are already being implemented.  The most substantial of these is a new $195 million investment in an Alberta Child Benefit (ACB) beginning on July 1, 2016.

The new ACB will directly add $1,100 per child to the annual incomes of Alberta’s poorest families, with an additional $550 per year for each of the next three children.  “Anti-poverty groups have urged the province to adopt such a benefit for years. This is going to make a big difference to Alberta’s child poverty reduction efforts,” said Kolkman.

235,000 Alberta children are eligible for the new ACB.  144,850 children in Alberta lived below the poverty line in 2013 (the most recent year data is available).  This means the ACB and an enhanced Alberta Family Employment Tax Credit will also help children in working families with incomes just above the poverty line.

The federal government is also introducing a new Canada Child Benefit with enhanced benefits for low and middle income families.  Combined, these complementary provincial and federal benefits could lift about a third of Alberta’s children out of poverty.  They are also a good starting point toward a basic income for families with children, Kolkman noted.

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 72.1% since 1982 while the bottom half of income earners only saw a small gain of 10.4%.

Over 362,000 Albertans work for wages less than $15 per hour, of which 59.9% are 25 years and older.  Moreover, 64.5% of those making less than $15 per hour are women, and women still only make around 60% on average of what a man earns.  “Raising Alberta’s minimum hourly wage to $15 per hour by 2018 is key to helping end poverty among those in the paid workforce,” emphasized Joel French, Executive Director of Public Interest Alberta.

French also noted that even with the revenue adjustments to income taxes, Alberta continues to generate the lowest amount of tax revenue of any Canadian province. “As of October 2015, if Alberta had the same tax system as the next lowest province, the Alberta government would generate an additional $8.5 billion in tax revenue. If the government does not address its massive revenue shortage in the near future, its ability to implement new measures to tackle child poverty will be severely limited.”

“Despite the economic downturn, for the sake of our children and economic future, Alberta must keep investing in priorities like early learning and child care, affordable housing, and mental health,” French concluded.

For more information please contact:

John Kolkman, Research Coordinator, Edmonton Social Planning Council
(587) 989-4442
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Joel French, Executive Director, Public Interest Alberta
(780) 893-9379
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