What We Do

Learn more about the organization, our people, and history.

The ESPC seeks to inform and engage the community in these priority areas

Research, Analysis and Evaluation

ESPC undertakes social research, analyzes and evaluates data and responds to policy decisions that impact people living in low income situations.

Community Awareness

ESPC disseminates knowledge about trends and issues related to quality of life through such activities as the Lunch and Learn speaker’s series, presentations and special events.


ESPC advances the interests of vulnerable sectors of the community by advocating specific policy positions to decision makers. ESPC consults on government policy using a lens that reflects the impact on vulnerable individuals and families.

Community Capacity Building and Collaboration

ESPC works in collaboration with other organizations thereby leveraging resources and presenting a unified response. ESPC convenes and facilitates focused discussions with individuals living in low income to allow for a marginalized voice to be heard.

Social Issues Resource Hub

ESPC prepares reports, quarterly newsletters and numerous factsheets and houses them along with many volumes of other information and reports in the ESPC resource room and on the ESPC website. ESPC also operates an online search engine which allows access to a broad range of best practice reports.


The strength of our voice is dependent upon the support of people and organizations concerned about social issues—people like you. By getting involved with the Edmonton Social Planning Council, you add your voice to our message of positive social development and policy change.

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Your donation helps us do our work. It keeps our social research current and comprehensive. It allows us to take on bigger projects and make a greater impact in the community. It strengthens our voice—your voice, and the voices of those who lack the opportunity to speak for themselves.

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We have many volunteer opportunities including Research Reviews and Newsletter Writing, Focus Groups, Special Events, Photography and/or Videography, Casino, Board of Directors

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Resource and Support Links

The Resource and Support links will take you to a selection of weblinks related to a variety of research topic, support systems, and agencies, as well as a list of some of the best resources in our library for each topic.

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Contact Us

Contact Form

Susan Morrissey, Executive Director: susanm@edmontonsocialplanning.ca
Phone: 780.423.2031 (Ext. 353)

Sandra Ngo, Research Coordinator: researchcoord@edmontonsocialplanning.ca
Phone: 780.423.2031 (Ext. 354)

John Kolkman, Research Associate: johnk@edmontonsocialplanning.ca
Phone: 780.423.2031 (Ext. 356)

Executive Assistant: reception@edmontonsocialplanning.ca
Phone: 780.423.2031 (Ext. 349)

Connect With Us

* Please note that we are not a government department or direct service provider. We do not provide individuals with information about social benefit programs (i.e. AISH, workers compensation benefits, etc.). If you have questions about these services, please dial 211 or access online by clicking here. For assistance with provincial programs, Alberta Supports can help you access more than 30 programs and 120 community services https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-supports.aspx.

Edmonton Social Planning Council
10544 - 106 Street NW, Suite 200 (Bassini Building)
Edmonton, Alberta T5H 2X6

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