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  • 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
  • Opinion: Budget is a setback for lower-income Albertans

    Opinion: Budget is a setback for lower-income Albertans

    Susan Morrissey, Executive Director of the Edmonton Social Planning Council provided the recent Op-Ed in the Edmonton Journal. Read the full version here: https://edmontonjournal.com/opinion/columnists/opinion-budget-is-a-setback-for-lower-income-albertans Download the Fact Sheet here: 2019 Alberta Budget fACTsheet Excerpt from the Edmonton Journal: With the UCP tabling their first budget, there is a lot of talk of what this means. Depending on who you ask, this Read More
  • 2019 Alberta Provincial Budget Fact Sheet

    2019 Alberta Provincial Budget Fact Sheet

    Download: 2019 Alberta Budget fACTsheet Introduction The 2019 budget, which runs until March 31, 2020, is titled A Plan for Jobs and the Economy. The main priorities it identifies is creating jobs and reducing the deficit. We are now almost 7 months into the 2019-20 budget year, so many of the big changes announced will not take effect until next spring’s Read More
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Government expects it will make a 'real difference' for low-income families

CBC News Posted: Mar 27, 2015 2:41 PM MT Last Updated: Mar 27, 2015 4:41 PM MT

Low-income families will keep more money in their pocket thanks to a new tax credit introduced in the provincial budget this week.

The Alberta Working Family Supplement applies to families earning less than $41,000.

And while the initiative is well received by groups such as the Edmonton social planning council, which advocates for low-income families, it’s being criticized for not coming into effect right away.

“Budgets are about making choices and obviously they’ve decided to put some things ahead of their commitment to increasing this particular benefit,” said John Kolkman with the planning council.

During an announcement at the Norwood Child and Family Resource Centre in Edmonton, Premier Jim Prentice assured working families that his government will live up to its promise.

“You have my word that what we are bringing forward is the plan,” said Prentice

Starting July 2016, working families with one child will be eligible for an annual benefit of $1,100, an additional $550 will be provided for each of the next three children. The Alberta government expects the tax credit will help about 75,000 families.

"In spite of being employed and working very hard, all too often there's not enough money for working families, families that have children in particular and this has been a special concern of mine," Prentice said Friday.

"We believe that this will make a real difference for parents, for the children, and in particular for hard-pressed families."

Kolkman supports the tax credit for the families that he works with but says the government should have gone further.

“The benefit would have been better had it also been made available to low-income families on income support where the parents can’t work, through no fault of their own,” he said.  

The government also introduced payments to an existing benefit for low-income families called the Alberta Family Employment credit. That initiative also becomes available in 2016.

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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