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 society makes available to its members. Important considerations include both the quality and their distribution amongst the population. 1
DEducation & Literacy
D4English Language LearnersEdmonton City
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’s student population is more linguistically diverse that it has ever been. It is to be expected that students born in non-English speaking countries, especially those settling in Canada while already in their school years, will require additional instruction in learning the English language. Moreover, some Canadian born students also require extra help in English language instruction.
- The number of English Language Learners in Edmonton Catholic Schools increased from 3,949 students in the 2010/11 school year to 9,861 students in the 2019/20 school year, an increase of 149.7%
- The number of English Language Learners in Edmonton Public School have increased from 12,613 students in the 2010/11 school year to 26,573 in the 2019/20 school year, an increase of 110.7%.