Media Release: Edmonton Social Planning Council Launches the Social Well-Being Tracker, Which Measures the Collective Health of Edmonton

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE EDMONTON - How many Edmontonians live in low-income or poverty? What is the voter turnout rate during elections in Edmonton? What is the average monthly rent for a two-bedroom apartment? What is the high school completion rate at Edmonton’s public schools? Questions like these on the collective health of Edmonton can be...

Media Release: Joint Statement on the British Columbia and Canadian Government Agreement on a National System of Early Learning and Child Care

The Edmonton Social Planning Council and the Edmonton Council for Early Learning and Care are very pleased to hear the announcement that British Columbia’s provincial government reached a deal with the federal government to participate in a national system of early learning and child care that seeks to make child care more affordable and more...

ESPC in the News: Susan Morrissey reacts to the Canada-Alberta Housing Benefit announcement on 630 CHED with Shaye Ganam

On July 8, 2021, our Executive Director Susan Morrissey appeared on 630 CHED with Shaye Ganam to discuss the recent announcement of the Canada-Alberta Housing Benefit, which will provide $444 million in funding (cost-matched between the federal and provincial government) designed to provide rental assistance to low-income Albertans. This program...

Media Release: Statement on Rent Support through the Canada-Alberta Housing Benefit program

The Edmonton Social Planning Council (ESPC) is encouraged to hear about the announcement of $444 million investment in rent support through a joint federal and provincial Canada-Alberta Housing Benefit program, which will see equal cost-matching between the two orders of government. It is expected to provide rent support to more than 35,000...

Media Release: More investments in our social safety net, including a basic income, will make life more affordable for vulnerable Edmontonians, says new joint ESPC and CEASE Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE EDMONTON – Making ends meet has always been a challenge for low-income individuals and families, particularly women, and the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated these inequities even further. A suite of recommendations of robust investments in our social safety net from the provincial government and non-profit organizations would...

Op-Ed: Alberta needs to provide more robust relief for struggling families

Note: this op-ed was first published in the Edmonton Journal on May 27, 2021 (p. A6). Written by Sydney Sheloff and Brett Lambert The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted nearly all segments of our society, especially vulnerable and marginalized groups. Families with children have particularly felt the effects due to the back and forth between the...

ESPC in the News: Susan Morrissey discusses food security in EDify magazine

In the April 2021 issue of Edify magazine (formerly known as Avenue magazine), our Executive Director Susan Morrissey was quoted in an article about food security initiatives in Edmonton that have been undertaken since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Excerpt: "Morrissey said COVID 'is shining the spotlight on the vulnerable.' As the virus forces...
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