Social Well-Being Tracker

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. Social determinants of health also determine the extent to which a person possesses the physical, social, and personal resources to identify and achieve personal aspirations, satisfy needs, and cope with the environment. Social determinants of health are about the quantity and quality of a variety of resources that a society makes available to its members. Important considerations include both the quality and their distribution amongst the population. 1

DEducation & Literacy

D3K to Grade 12 Student EnrolmentEdmonton City

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Education is a significant determinant of health, as educational attainment influences career options and lifetime earning potential. University graduates earn significantly higher incomes than high school graduates—on a per annum and lifetime basis. Education also provides some protection against economic fluctuations. Individuals with higher education are less likely to become unemployed in the event of an economic downturn. They are also more likely to achieve financial security after retiring. The importance of education has grown as the economy becomes increasingly reliant on industries that require specialized knowledge and technical expertise. 

  • Edmonton has a higher proportion of working-age families. This younger population is contributing to an enrolment boom for Edmonton’s Public and Catholic school boards (see Tracking the Trends 2018). The enrolment boom began at the elementary school level and is now working its way into the higher grades.
  • School enrolment in Edmonton Public Schools has increased from 79,780 in the 2010/11 school year to 104,930 in the 2019/20 school year. This is an increase of 25,150 students, or 31.5%.
  • School enrolment in Edmonton Catholic Schools has increased from 33,776 in the 2010/11 school year to 44,330 in the 2019/20 school year. This is an increase of 10,554 students, or 31.2%

D1 to D7. All K to 12 Education Charts
Edmonton Catholic Schools. (2019). Walking together in the light of christ. Annual Education Results Re-port 2018-2019. Three Year Educational Plan 2010-2022. Retrieved from

Edmonton Public Schools. (2019). Three Year Education Plan (3YEP) 2019-2022. Annual Education Results Report (AERR) 2018-2019 School Year. Retrieved from

(1) Raphael, D. (2004). Introduction to the social determinants of health. In D. Raphael (ed.) Social Determinates of Health: Canadian perspectives. Toronto: Canadian Scholar's Press Inc.

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