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  • Province and federal government must commit their shares of funding to rental assistance, new Edmonton Social Planning Council report states

    Province and federal government must commit their shares of funding to rental assistance, new Edmonton Social Planning Council report states

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 12, 2020 EDMONTON - A new report released by the Edmonton Social Planning Council shows that the toll of households placed on long waiting lists for rental assistance is high and action is urgently needed. The High Cost of Waiting: Tenant-Focused Solutions to Enhance Housing Affordability sets out to document the impacts on quality of life for Read More
  • Alberta Child Poverty Report - Edmonton Journal Op-Ed

    Alberta Child Poverty Report - Edmonton Journal Op-Ed

    https://edmontonjournal.com/opinion/columnists/opinion-ending-child-poverty-in-alberta-is-our-moral-obligation Alberta Child Poverty Report Edmonton Journal Op-Ed By Joel French, Sandra Ngo, and Ajay Hartenfeld Pandhi Every night, 160,000 children in Alberta suffer the all-encompassing effects of poverty. They are more vulnerable to issues affecting mental health, educational attainment, cognitive development, housing, relationships, employment, and food insecurity throughout their lives. In a province as wealthy as Alberta, it is Read More
  • John Kolkman on CBC Edmonton AM with Mark Connolly and Tara McCarthy

    John Kolkman on CBC Edmonton AM with Mark Connolly and Tara McCarthy

    Funding to help people find affordable housing has been cut 24 per cent by the province. We'll take a look at what that means for low income Albertans trying to find housing. Click here to listen.   Read More
  • Report shows investing in families is key to ending child poverty

    Report shows investing in families is key to ending child poverty

    EDMONTON - The Alberta College of Social Workers, Edmonton Social Planning Council, and Public Interest Alberta have jointly released a report on the state of child and family poverty in Alberta called " Invest in Families: Ending Child Poverty is Good for All .” Click to download: Invest In Families: Ending Child Poverty Is Good For All Click to download: Invest In Families: Read More
  • 2019 Vital Topics - Sports and Recreation

    2019 Vital Topics - Sports and Recreation

    Edmonton Vital Signs is an annual check-up conducted by the Edmonton Community Foundation, in partnership with the Edmonton Social Planning Council, to measure how the community is doing. This year we will also be focusing on individual issues, VITAL TOPICS, that are timely and important to Edmonton.  This edition focuses on the impact of Sports and Recreation. Download: Vital Topic Read More
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BY ANDREA SANDS, EDMONTON JOURNAL MARCH 27, 2015

EDMONTON - The government will spend slightly more than $1 million to open three new Parent Link Centres in three communities, including Edmonton, Minister of Human Services Heather Klimchuk said during a news conference Friday at the Norwood Child and Family Resource Centre.

Klimchuk and Premier Jim Prentice visited the centre at 9516 114thj Ave., which serves more than 600 families through numerous programs, including early childhood development programs, fathers’ groups, financial literacy, home visits and other family supports.

The Norwood Child and Family Resource Centre will run the Parent Link Centre that opens in Edmonton’s core this fall. Centres will also open in Innisfail and Sylvan Lake, Klimchuk said. They offer important support for families, she said.

“Some parents feel isolated. They need to reach out. They need to talk to another parent about what’s happening and to make sure their children are raised in a positive, loving environment, and sometimes you don’t know where to turn to,” Klimchuk said.

“The premier and my colleagues and I are so committed to supporting early childhood development, and Parent Link Centres are such an important part.”

Mom of six Bobbi Felzien is currently living in a hotel and makes daily visits with her children to the Norwood Child and Family Resource Centre. Her kids are in some of the centre’s early learning programs. Felzien has access to the centre’s phone and computer. Norwood staff is helping her family find housing after a six-month struggle.

“They’re like a family and that’s what some people need,” said Felzien, 34, whose children range in age from five months to 15 years old. “All the resources here are amazing.”

During the news conference, Prentice also outlined plans to introduce a new refundable tax credit starting July 1, 2016, which is called the Alberta Working Family Supplement and was announced in Thursday’s provincial budget. He also touted enhancements to the existing Alberta Family Employment Tax Credit, which also kick in July 1, 2016.

“Taken together, these two programs are among the most generous in Canada, relative to families, working families, who are struggling to make ends meet,” Prentice said.

John Kolkman, research co-ordinator with the Edmonton Social Planning Council, said after the news conference those tax benefits will help low-income families, but should come into effect more quickly.

Also, the supports will go to working families, but not to people who receive supports such as Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped who perhaps can’t work, Kolkman said. “We’ve been pushing for a child tax benefit that did not discriminate based on source of income, similar to federal child tax benefits.”

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Global News - 1 in 6 Alberta children lives below poverty line

Read more about the Edmonton Social Planning Council report on child poverty in Alberta.

Alberta Child Poverty Report - 2018 Click to Download