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...

Media Release: New provincial rental assistance programs brings much-needed relief to Edmonton renters

For Immediate Release EDMONTON – The Edmonton Social Planning Council is encouraged by the Government of Alberta’s announcement of two new rental assistance programs, the Rent Assistance Benefit and the Temporary Rent Assistance Benefit, which will be open for applications on April 1st and May 1st, respectively. Our agency has identified the...

Media Release: New retrospective publication highlights Edmonton Social Planning Council’s 80 years of contributions towards building a better and more inclusive Edmonton

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 11, 2021 EDMONTON – 80 Years of Community Building, a new retrospective publication produced by the Edmonton Social Planning Council (ESPC) to mark our 80th anniversary, underscores the enormous contributions the non-profit organization has made towards the history of social development in Edmonton. The publication...

Op-Ed: Hero-pay raises are the least we can do for frontline workers

Note: this op-ed originally ran in the Edmonton Journal on December 9, 2020. Written by Sydney Sheloff and Brett Lambert When the COVID-19 pandemic caused lockdowns for much of Canada’s economy back in March, an interesting thing happened. The contributions of those working minimum wage or low-income jobs – whether they were grocery store...

Media Release: COVID-19 has shone a spotlight on child and family poverty in Alberta, says new report

EDMONTON - The Alberta College of Social Workers, the Edmonton Social Planning Council, and Public Interest Alberta have jointly released a report on the state of child and family poverty in Alberta, Spotlight: Lessons on Child Poverty during a Pandemic. Over 160,000 or 1 in 6 children experience the all-encompassing effects of childhood poverty...

Media Release: Educational outcomes for Edmontonians improve while racial and gender inequalities persist, says new ESPC report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Edmonton’s residents are better educated than before despite persistent racial and gender inequalities. Additionally, poverty continues to negatively impact too many families as their cost of living goes up and economic challenges persist. That’s according to the 15th edition of Tracking the Trends, the flagship publication...

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Susan Morrissey

Susan Morrissey

Executive Director

Jenn Rossiter

Jenn Rossiter

Research Services and Capacity Building Coordinator

Rowan El-Bialy

Rowan El-Bialy

Strategic Research Coordinator

Sydney Sheloff

Sydney Sheloff

Research Officer

Brett Lambert

Brett Lambert

Community Engagement Coordinator

Justine Basilan

Justine Basilan

Executive Assistant

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Our social well-being indicators are based on social determinants of health. These indicators are the economic and social conditions that shape the health of individuals and communities.

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