Research Update: Long-Term Care and Federalism

A review by Rebecca Jansen In the wake of COVID-19, faults within Canada’s provincially regulated long-term care facilities became prominent news headlines. As some of us may recall, 80% of Canadian deaths occurred in long-term care facilities during the first eight months of COVID-19 (p. 3). These glaring statistics not only drew public...

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...

Research Update: Taking stock at the one-year mark: The socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 in Canada

A review by Laurel Van De Keere Introduction The year-in-review report COVID-19 in Canada: A One-Year Update on Social and Economic Impacts was published by Statistics Canada in March 2021 using statistical information provided by Canadian citizens, businesses, governments, and other institutions. The report provides a snapshot of the...

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...

Bridging the Affordability Gap: Report and Recommendations

Bridging the Affordability Gap summarizes the results of a short-term bridge funding program involving five women with histories of sexual exploitation who were facing financial difficulties making ends meet and did not want to turn back to the sex trade to pay the bills. For five months (November 2020 to March 2021), project funding covered...

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The Edmonton Social Planning Council is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan social research organization, with registered charitable status. Our focus is social research, particularly in the areas of low income and poverty. ESPC is a source of knowledge and expertise on social issues within our community.

ESPC focus centers on topics related to low-income and poverty. Our work includes undertaking research into the nature and magnitude of social issues in our community; public awareness and understanding of current social issues; being an independent voice in the community; encouraging public participation in the development of social policies, and the implementation of programs.

The strength of our voice and our role in the community is based on the support of people and organizations concerned about social issues. ESPC conducts research and analyzes data, produces reports, provides recommendations, is a depository of information, provides public education, conducts focus groups, does presentations, and works collaboratively with other social agencies.

We are dedicated to encouraging the adoption of equitable social policy, supporting the work of other organizations who are striving to improve the lives of Edmontonians, and educating the public regarding the social issues that impact them daily

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Edmonton Social Planning Council @edmontonspc
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"A preliminary analysis of Stockton’s [basic income] program showed that it reduced income volatility, allowed residents to find full-time work, and improved recipients’ mental health." https://t.co/xonJZTz7eN #UBI #BasicIncome
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Don't miss our next Lunch and Learn event on August 16 with the @tsaedmonton and their Centre of Hope programs. Register here: https://t.co/a6udEaXG86 #yeg #housing (2/2)
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Did you miss our Lunch and Learn event on @tfcnalberta's Drop-In Single Session Counselling with Elsie Lobo and Lorian Galink? You can watch the full session on our YouTube channel below.

https://t.co/aTyetOqmAp #yeg (1/1)
Edmonton Social Planning Council @edmontonspc
"The final option that was explored was whether the $24,000 dollars might be invested in developing the strategy that was mentioned earlier and taking a more systemic approach to child-care related issues within the community." https://t.co/JjZm6ALC9E #jasper #ableg #abpoli
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"There’s also the question of whether workers who return to their jobs in the summer only to lose them again in the fall would be able to amass enough insurable hours to access EI again." https://t.co/a9kUHbYAdO #cdnpoli #CERB #CRB
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Join us for our next virtual Lunch and Learn event on August 16th at 12 PM, "Edmonton Centre of Hope Programs" where we'll learn about the transitional housing programs offered by the Salvation Army.
More info: https://t.co/1LVj2zPC0i
Register here: https://t.co/CkeRrkqnhk #yeg https://t.co/VogpxzpXTa
Edmonton Social Planning Council @edmontonspc
"Rianson confirmed that, from a personal perspective, a correlation between increased tuition costs and food bank usage is noticeable." https://t.co/16SWrfmaH9 #foodsecurity #ualberta #yeg @campusfoodbank
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Mental health has been a particularly pressing concern as of recent. Learn more about @tfcnalberta's Drop-In Single Session Councselling at our Lunch and Learn tomorrow, which take a trauma-informed approach. Register here: https://t.co/aAH187Xh7L #yeg #mentalhealth https://t.co/phe7zZHB2B
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"A report from @Campaign2000 showed one of the best ways Alberta can help lower child poverty is by providing affordable and accessible child care. The report noted child care can cost up to 67 per cent of a household’s monthly income." https://t.co/g5BKBF11tt #ableg #abpoli
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A friendly reminder that our virtual event is this Friday at noon. If you haven't already done so, please register here: https://t.co/UoZaHtp1f2 #yeg #yegevents #mentalhealth @tfcnalberta https://t.co/phe7zZHB2B

Recent Publications

fACTivist Newsletter

Confronting Racism with Data: Why Canada Needs Disaggregated Race-Based Data

2020 Annual Report

80th Anniversary

New – The Family Centre: Drop-In Single Session Counselling (DISSC)

New – A New Way to Track the Trends: Social Well-Being Tracker Launch Event

New – ESPC AGM Keynote Presentation – Carissa Halton: Lessons on Community-building from a Misunderstood Neighbourhood

We’re pleased to open up our Lunch and Learn sessions to other non-profits as a way of introducing agencies and their incredible programs and services to other community members.

For those interested in participating, we would love to host you at a future event. Please direct any inquiries to Brett Lambert.To stay informed about future Lunch and Learns and ESPC news and announcements, subscribe to our email newsletter.

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Susan Morrissey

Susan Morrissey

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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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