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  • 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
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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.

'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.

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)

Longtime Edmonton philanthropist was active in the city's arts and cultural communities

CBC News Posted: Aug 15, 2016 12:14 PM MT Last Updated: Aug 15, 2016 2:28 PM MT

One block of a downtown avenue has been renamed in honour of longtime Edmonton philanthropist Judy Padua.

The portion of 101A Avenue between 99th Street and 100th Street will now be known as Judy Padua Way.

The designation by the city of Edmonton's naming committee became official on Sunday.

"With this street so close to the Citadel and the Stanley Milner Library, it seemed a fitting recognition to Judy, who spent much of her life dedicated to children and the arts," Cory Sousa of the naming committee said in a statement.

Padua, who died in 2008, was involved with many non-profit organizations during her lifetime, including the World University Service of Canada, the Clifford E. Lee Foundation, the Muttart Foundation, the Edmonton Social Planning Council and the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy.

She was a member of the mayor's task force on Investment in the Arts that led to the establishment of the Edmonton Arts Council. Padua was inducted into the Edmonton Cultural Hall of Fame in 2003.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/part-of-downtown-edmonton-avenue-renamed-judy-padua-way-1.3721643

 
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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