In The News
Learn More About ESPC In The News, News Releases, And General News About The Organization.
Slider
  • A Profile of Poverty in Edmonton - May 2019 Update

    A Profile of Poverty in Edmonton - May 2019 Update

    Read the full report (click on the link):A Profile of Poverty in Edmonton - May 2019 Update Click to download: 2016 Federal Census Neighbourhood Summary Click to download: Map: Prevalence of Low Income After-Tax (All Ages) Click to download: Map: Prevalence of Low Income After-Tax (0 to 17) INTRODUCTION Poverty affects people from all walks of life – young, old, employed, unemployed, those Read More
  • 2019 Vital Topics - Indigenous Women in Alberta

    2019 Vital Topics - Indigenous Women in Alberta

    Edmonton Vital Signs is an annual check-up conducted by Edmonton Community Foundation, in partnership with 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 Indigenous Women in Alberta.   Download: Vital Topic - Indigenous Women in Read More
  • 2018 Vital Topics - The Arts

    2018 Vital Topics - The Arts

    Edmonton Vital Signs is an annual check-up conducted by Edmonton Community Foundation, in partnership with 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 Arts. ARTS include a wide variety of creative disciplines including: Read More
  • 2018 Vital Topics - Senior Women in Edmonton

    2018 Vital Topics - Senior Women in Edmonton

    Edmonton Vital Signs is an annual check-up conducted by Edmonton Community Foundation, in partnership with 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. Watch for these in each issue of Legacy in Action, and in the full issue Read More
  • Edmonton Vital Signs 2018

    Edmonton Vital Signs 2018

    Edmonton Vital Signs is an annual check-up conducted by Edmonton Community Foundation, in partnership with 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 - specifically Women, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Edmonton, Visible Minority Women, and Senior Women. Each of these topics appear in Read More
  • CBC News - Living wage in Edmonton is going up but that isn't good

    CBC News - Living wage in Edmonton is going up but that isn't good

    Radio Active with Adrienne Pan Interview with Sandra Ngo, Edmonton Social Planning Council. Click here to listen to the interview   Read More
  • Media Release: Edmonton Living Wage 2018 Update

    Media Release: Edmonton Living Wage 2018 Update

    June 21, 2018 For Immediate Release Edmonton Living Wage 2018 Update Contending with Costs For the first time in 2 years, the living wage for Edmonton has risen. For 2018, an income earner must make $16.48 per hour to support a family of four, an increase of $0.17 per hour from last year’s living wage. The living wage is intended Read More
  • 2018 Vital Topics - Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity

    2018 Vital Topics - Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity

    Edmonton Vital Signs is an annual check-up conducted by Edmonton Community Foundation, in partnership with 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. Watch for these in each issue of Legacy in Action, and in the full issue Read More
  • 2018 Vital Topics - Visible Minority Women in Edmonton

    2018 Vital Topics - Visible Minority Women in Edmonton

    Edmonton Vital Signs is an annual check-up conducted by Edmonton Community Foundation, in partnership with 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. Watch for these in each issue of Legacy in Action, and in the full issue Read More
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9

 

by: Global News Staff

EDMONTON - As we head into the summer months, cities, towns, and dozens of non-profit organizations will be feeling the impact of government cuts to a small but significant program: the Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP), which was eliminated in March.

The Edmonton Social Planning Council recently helped conduct a survey about the loss of STEP. Of the 27 municipal governments, and 207 non-profits across Alberta that responded, 56 per cent of respondents indicated they will not be able to maintain programs and services. Furthermore, 49 per cent said they will hire fewer students, and 36 per cent will not hire any students at all this year.

"Over 89,000 people within Alberta - families and children - impacted, per year; and you know over 500 students hired, again, per year. And again, you know, this is just a very small sample. I think it's much bigger than what we've been able to sort of portray in the sample that we've done," said the Council's Susan Morrissey.

The Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues was one group which relied on STEP, and it wasn't just all about Green Shack drop-in programs.

"Many leagues, including our organization," said the league's Allan Bolstad, "was planning to hire a student this summer if we got a STEP grant to do some research work on our anniversary project; and leagues are writing history books…so I think quite a number of projects are going by the wayside because of it."

"(STEP) has really built up over the years to be a way for a lot of no- profit groups, in partnership with the provincial government to be able to augment their programming and be able to provide things in summer that just probably wouldn’t have happened otherwise," explained Councillor Ben Henderson, who is chair of the Inter-city Forum on Social Policy, the other group behind the survey.

"These were not 100 per cent funded programs by the province. The province put in x amount of dollars and everyone else was expected to come in and significantly top up the wages, and often, significantly top up the number of weeks that students were employed."

Henderson said it's not just the provincial piece of the pie that's being lost.

"We end up losing that ability to leverage that other kind of effort to get significantly more than the sum of its parts."

The results of the survey have been forwarded to the Human Services Ministry, with the hope that the province will listen.

"Our hope is that we will be able to work with government to look at what we might be able to do in terms of developing some other program that might better suit the needs," said Morrissey.

According to the Federation of Community Leagues, $150,000 dollars in one-time funding has been secured from the province to cover the Green Shack program in 15 high-needs areas of Edmonton.

With files from Vinesh Pratap, Global News 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

  • Donations

    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. All donations are tax deductible, a tax reciept will be issued upon receipt of your donation. (Charitable Tax # 10729 31 95 RP 001)

    Donate Now
  • Membership

    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.

    Become a Member
  • Volunteer

    To inquire directly about volunteer opportunities with the Edmonton Social Planning Council, please contact johnk@edmontonsocialplanning.ca or call 780-423-2031 ext. 356. Thank you for your interest in the Edmonton Social Planning Council

    Volunteer!
  • Become a Board Member

    If you are passionate about equitable social policy and making a difference in your community, consider supporting the Edmonton Social Planning Council by joining our team as a volunteer member of our Board of Directors.

    Read More

Video Feature

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