Our Work

Learn more about what we’re working on.

The Edmonton Social Planning Council stays busy monitoring social issues and trends and regularly produces publications that make accurate information and an informed perspective available to the public.

We publish a quarterly newsletter, the fACTivist, as well as fACT Sheets on current issues and events. Some of our other regular works, including our annual More than Minimum Edmonton living wage report and our biennial publication Tracking the Trends, are updated at longer intervals.

The Council is also continually involved in short- and long-term projects, and we typically prepare reports that summarize project findings.

As part of our public education and engagement activities, the ESPC organizes a Lunch and Learn Series. Events are held at the Stanley Milner Library at least four times per year. Check our Facebook page to stay abreast of these and other events!

Some of our publications are available for purchase. To order, either print & mail an order form with payment, or click the PayPal button on the page describing the publication.

Reports published by the ESPC provide background information and analysis on a variety of social issues.

fACTIVIST Newsletters
The fACTivist is the ESPC’s quarterly newsletter. It offers articles on a variety of pertinent social issues, as well as providing updates on Council activities and projects, and profiles of ESPC staff and board members.

The newsletter archives also include information on First Reading, the social issues magazine published by the ESPC between 1990 and 1998.

fACT Sheets
fACT Sheets published by the ESPC provide background information and analysis on a variety of social issues. The ESPC’s more recent fact sheets are available online, while older ones are available in print form at our offices.

ESPC Research Service
Looking for research on a social issue or related topic? We can help!

The Edmonton Social Planning Council provides FREE research services to social advocacy organizations in Edmonton! Are you seeking publications or statistics in social policy areas such as:

Housing, Transportation, Health, Education, Food Security, Income Security Programs, Urban Issues, Social Services, Women, Disabilities, Poverty, Immigration, Families, Children and Child Care, Seniors, Indigenous Peoples, Labour Force, Crime and Safety … and more!

If you or your organization needs a hand finding information about local social issues or related topics, contact our Research Coordinator, Sandra Ngo, by phone at 780.423.2031 or by email at researchcoord@edmontonsocialplanning.ca.

Connect With Us

Donate Today!

Your donation helps us do our work. It keeps our social research current and comprehensive. It allows us to take on bigger projects and make a greater impact in the community

Become a Member

By getting involved with the Edmonton Social Planning Council, you add your voice to our message of positive social development and policy change.

Apply To Be A Volunteer

We have many volunteer opportunities including Research Reviews and Newsletter Writing, Focus Groups, Special Events, Photography and/or Videography, Casino, Board of Directors.
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Edmonton Social Planning Council
10544 - 106 Street NW, Suite 200 (Bassini Building)
Edmonton, Alberta T5H 2X6

Business Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Please note our office is temporarily closed to the public.

Due to the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic, the Edmonton Social Planning Council (ESPC) is taking precautionary measures to do our part in slowing the spread of the disease.

The ESPC physical office will be closed effective March 16, 2020, until further notice. We will continue to work and serve our community and clients remotely. All of us at ESPC have the necessary resources to work remotely with little disruption to our scheduled project deliverables.

Please note that by working remotely, emails will be answered, but phone calls may take longer to respond too. We would recommend email or our website contact form as the quickest way to connect with us.

Additionally, all in-person ESPC events and meetings have been cancelled. We will be monitoring the situation and decide soon on the status of our Annual General Meeting and the scope of our 80th Anniversary celebrations.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a rapidly changing issue, we recommend you stay informed, please refer to the Alberta Government website and the City of Edmonton website for local updates.


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* Please note that we are not a government department or direct service provider. We do not provide individuals with information about social benefit programs (i.e. AISH, workers compensation benefits, etc.). If you have questions about these services, please dial 211 or access online by clicking here. For assistance with provincial programs, Alberta Supports can help you access more than 30 programs and 120 community services https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-supports.aspx.

Subscribe to our Email and NewslettersWhen you subscribe to our email list, you can expect a modest number of updates from the Edmonton Social Planning Council, which will include notices of new reports and publications, upcoming events, mentions of ESPC in the news, as well as selected announcements from our partner organizations.

The strength of our voice is dependent on the support of people and organizations concerned about social issues; people like you! The Edmonton Social Planning Council is a non-profit charitable organization that is funded by personal donations, memberships, and project funders.  If you would like to be more involved please consider a membership, donation or becoming a volunteer.