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  • 2019 Seasonal Celebration

    Our Board of Directors and Staff wish to extend an invitation to you to join us in celebrating the holidays at our office! Light snacks and refreshments will be served. When: December 5th, 4:00 to 6:00 pm Where: Suite #200, 10544 106 Street (Bassani Building) 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
  • Lunch and Learn - November 19, 2019

    Lunch and Learn - November 19, 2019

    November 19, 2019 12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM Program Room - Stanley Milner Library (Enterprise Square Branch) 10212 Jasper Avenue Topic: If Not You... Then Who? Becoming a Foster, Adoptive, and Respite Caregiver in Alberta Presenters:  JoAnn Hallikainen, Caregiver Recruitment Team Lead Government of Alberta, Ministry of Children's Services All children deserve a home that is nurturing and safe. A Child's Hope is Read More
  • Public Engagement on Affordable Housing Report

    Public Engagement on Affordable Housing Report

    Access to stable and quality housing can produce positive outcomes to community health and education, and ultimately improve neighbourhood conditions and perceptions. Families that are in unstable housing are more likely to face intergenerational poverty. Living in unsafe neighbourhoods could have detrimental effects on physical and mental health. Despite these benefits, there is still formidable public opposition to providing quality Read More
  • 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
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This year's Vital Signs report sheds light on changing Edmonton demographics.

We're young, pet-friendly and having a rough time with the economy.

Alex Boyd | Metro | Oct 6 2016

More immigration, more women, more dogs—the face of Edmonton is changing, as illustrated by this year’s Vital Signs report.

The changes are "a nod to the fact that our whole structure is changing,” said Elizabeth Bonkink, with the Edmonton Community Foundation, which produces the report every year.

Bonkink points out that women outnumbering men may have something to do with the oil downturn, but there’s larger forces at work, too.

“When you look at Edmonton’s demographics, you’ll notice that most people don’t have children, so the whole way we live our lives is changing,” she said.

“Originally life was around the family and having lots of kids to help the farm grow. But in recent years there’s a lot more singles and a lot more couples living together without children.”

Read more on metronews.ca.

Edmonton immigration nearly triples in ten years

Brenton Driedger | iNews880 | October 04, 2016 05:02 pm

A snapshot of immigrants living in Edmonton shows that our city is quickly becoming a destination for newcomers to Canada.

The Vital Signs report says the number of permanent residents arriving in Edmonton has almost tripled in the last decade, which came as a surprise to John Kolkman with the Edmonton Social Planning Council.

“The reason that so many newcomers have chosen to come to Edmonton is we’ve had a very strong economy for most of the last decade,” says Kolkman. “So (it’s) not only the 178 per cent increase over the past ten years, but immigrants and refugees who initially settled in other parts of Canada also found their way to Edmonton and Alberta during those ten years.”

The swell of newcomers is also helping Edmonton hold onto its title as the youngest big city in Canada. Kolkman says immigration keeps you young.

Read more on iNews880.com or NewsTalk770.com.

Pets outnumber kids & 9 other facts from 2016 Edmonton Vital Signs report

Caley Ramsay | Global News

The 2016 Edmonton Vital Signs report has been released and it comes with several interesting facts about the Capital City.

Edmonton Vital Signs is an annual report that provides a snapshot of the city, with a focus on one specific topic. This year’s report focused on Edmonton’s immigrant and refugee population, but it also detailed a number of other statistics. (See full report below).

Here are 10 of the most interesting facts to come from this year’s report:

 

Edmonton has more pets than kids ... (read the whole story on Global News)

'Vital Signs' report shows new immigrants still attracted to Edmonton

Without current immigration levels, or increased fertility, the population will start to shrink in 20 years

Min Dhariwal | CBC News |Posted: Oct 04, 2016 4:49 PM MT Last Updated: Oct 04, 2016 4:57 PM MT

Immigrants settling in Edmonton are more likely to be younger than the average population, more likely to be self-employed, and the vast majority arrive as economic-class immigrants.

Those figures are just some of the dozens of statistics released on Tuesday in the annual Vital Signs report, by the Edmonton Community Foundation. 

The report is like a snapshot of Edmonton's demographics. 

 

For example, it shows the number of people arriving as 'permanent residents' in Edmonton has increased 178 per cent over the last ten year and stood at 16,739 in 2015.

Read more on the CBC.

Edmonton Journal | Juris Graney | October 4, 2016

 

University and post-secondary educated immigrants moving to Edmonton are caught in a Catch-22 scenario that is preventing many from following their dreams of living in Canada.

“The biggest problem I’ve found when looking for a job is the Canadian experience,” says Ahmad Alzouabi, who moved to Edmonton from Jordan with his wife and three children in January this year.

“No one will hire me if I don’t have that experience, but how can I get that experience if no one will hire me?”

War prevented the Syrian-born 32-year-old from teaching in his country of birth after completing his four-year bachelor’s degree in English and literature, so he worked in Jordan for a year as an English-as-a-second-language teacher before moving to Canada.

Upon arrival, he supplied his degree to International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) — a government branch that assesses educational credentials and compares them to Canadian standards — yet he’s had no luck in his job search.

“Teaching English here may be more difficult because this is an English native speaking country, so it’s not easy,” he says. “Whenever a volunteer opportunity comes up, I immediately volunteer.”

Read more in The Edmonton Journal.

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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