Join us for our 80th Annual General Meeting!

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our Annual General Meeting has shifted to an online virtual event. Please join the Board and Staff of the Edmonton Social Planning Council to celebrate our accomplishments in the past year, and to hear about upcoming activities of the...

Vital Topic: Millennial Activism & Engagement

» Download the new Vital Topic: Millennial Activism & Engagement « Edmonton Vital Signs is an annual checkup conducted by the Edmonton Community Foundation, in partnership with the Edmonton Social Planning Council, to measure how the community is doing. Vital...

Statement on the Impact of Systemic Racism on Income Inequality and Low-Income Households in Edmonton

Download the Full Statement on Systemic Racism in PDF format The Edmonton Social Planning Council stands in solidarity with the Black and Indigenous communities of Canada to end systemic racism and discrimination. These prejudices are reinforced by systems of power...

Research Update – May 2020

Download the Research Update - May 2020 issue here! Inside this update: An Alberta Guaranteed Basic Income - Reviewed by Kevin Beauchamp Examining Child Care Fees Across Canada - Reviewed by Agatha Briglio A Basic Income for Alberta - Reviewed by Sandra Gosling...

Letter to Premier Jason Kenney: call on the provincial government to extend the eviction ban for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic

Read the Letter to Premier to extend the eviction ban. May 1, 2020   Honourable Jason Kenney Premier of Alberta 307 Legislature Building 10800 - 97 Avenue Edmonton, AB T5K 2B6   Dear Premier Kenney:  We are writing to you regarding the expiration of the eviction ban...

The fACTivist – Spring 2020

Download the fACTivist - Spring 2020 now! 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. In...

Vital Topic: Financial Reality of Millennials in Edmonton

» Download the new Vital Topic: Financial Reality of Millennials in Edmonton Edmonton Vital Signs is an annual checkup conducted by the Edmonton Community Foundation, in partnership with the Edmonton Social Planning Council, to measure how the community is doing....

COVID-19 Resources

The resources listed cover a wide range of topics for a broad section of our population. The intent is to inform as many people as possible and help them understand their options, available support, and tools to continue isolating, social distance, remain in...


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.

Our Mission

Through rigorous research, detailed analysis, and community engagement, we deepen community understanding of social planning issues, influence policy, and spark collaborative actions that lead to positive social change.

It is a myth that racism has been eradicated in Canada. There are many ways to get involved and begin to change this:

Sign petitions denouncing racist policies and actions here in Canada.

Engage with your local city councillor, school board trustee, MLA, and MP and ask them how they plan to incorporate an anti-racist framework in their policies and legislation.

Speak out against micro-aggressions that you may see in your day-to-day life.

Read written works by Black and Indigenous authors in Canada: Desmond Cole, Rinaldo Walcott, Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Jesse Thistle, and many more.

Donate to one of the various Black, Indigenous, BIPOC-led organizations in Edmonton and Canada.

"Numbers from @HomewardTrust show the shelters now have a total of 575 beds and on Monday night had 279 residents using them. This was down from 463 the night before when the Kinsmen was still open." #yeg #yegcc #homelessness

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COVID-19 Update

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 staying informed about developments.  Please refer to the Alberta government website, the City of Edmonton website for local updates, or our COVID-19 Resource page.

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.