Poverty Issues

Blog: Mental Health-Related Disability and Employment Equity

Nicole Sobus, ESPC volunteer Accessing employment is an ongoing challenge for many individuals. Various factors come into play when looking for a job, such as skills, interests, and education, as well as the type and number of jobs available in the current job market....

Edmonton Living Wage 2021 Update

A living wage is rooted in the belief that individuals and families should not just survive, but live with dignity and participate in their community. A living wage is defined as the hourly wage that a primary income earner must make to provide for themselves, their...

Blog: It’s time for an upgrade: Improving emergency shelter standards in Edmonton

Written by Brett Lambert, Community Engagement Coordinator For more than a decade, ending chronic homelessness has been a high priority for the City of Edmonton. The city was praised for reducing its homeless population in half, from 3,200 in 2009 to 1,600 in 2019....

Blog: Harm Reduction, People Who Use Drugs, and Their Communities

Introduction In early May, ESPC volunteer Jayme Wong published a blog post on supervised consumption sites in Alberta, detailing the debate surrounding their closures. Since then, the Alberta government has decided to close yet another service site in Calgary. While...

fACTivist Feature Article: Addressing Racialized Populations’ Barriers to Affordable Housing

Note: this is excerpted from the Spring 2021 edition of our fACTivist publication. The Edmonton Social Planning Council, in collaboration with volunteers and colleagues within the sector, strives to provide stakeholders and community members with updates on ESPC’s...

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...
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