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  • 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
  • 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
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The Edmonton Social Planning Council, Public Interest Alberta, and the Alberta College of Social Workers released a new report, “Keep Investing in Alberta’s Children: The Government’s Role in Ending Child and Family Poverty.”

To download the report click on this button

“We were pleased to see a variety of new and improved investments in Alberta’s children and families with the 2017-18 provincial budget,” said Heather Curtis, Research Coordinator for the Edmonton Social Planning Council. She noted that there are a variety of key initiatives including the improvement of the child and family benefits, which transfers more money directly into the pockets of low and modest income Alberta families.

As of 2015, which is the most recent data available, there are 149,700 children ages 0 to 17 living in poverty, up from 144,620 in 2014, equating to 15.7% of Albertan children living below the poverty line. Since 2005, there has been a modest reduction of 2 percentage points of the proportion of children living in poverty. While Alberta’s rate is significantly lower than other provinces, there is still much work to be done to make substantial progress.

The report shows that low-income, lone-parent families in Alberta experience a significant poverty gap, meaning their median after-tax incomes are significantly lower than the poverty line for the same family type. Curtis explains how the poverty gap may change in coming years: “Next year we will begin to see the impacts of improved child and family benefits on the child poverty rate and the poverty gap. It is likely the proportion of children living in poverty will decrease and the poverty gap for low-income families will be less significant.”

The report shows that Alberta’s income inequality has increased faster than the national average, with the top 1% of earners seeing real income gains of 74.4% since 1982 while the bottom half of income earners only saw a small gain of 10%.

Between April 2016 and March 2017, 292,400 employees (15.5%) in Alberta are classified as low wage earners, meaning they make less than $15/hour. 73.8% of low wage workers are over the age of 20, contradicting the myth that only teenagers living with their parents work in low wage jobs.

Joel French, Executive Director of Public Interest Alberta noted that Alberta’s tax system continually generates an unnecessarily low amount of revenue, which limits the government’s ability to address child poverty. He explained, “If Alberta had the tax system of any other province, the lowest amount of additional annual revenue we would generate would be $8.7 billion. If the government does not fix our tax system to address its massive shortage in tax revenue, longer-term reductions in child and family poverty levels will be impossible.”

For more information, please contact:

Heather Curtis
Research Coordinator
Edmonton Social Planning Council
(780)-423-2031 x354

Joel French
Executive Director
Public Interest Alberta
(780)-420-0471
Cellphone: (780)-893-9379

 

 

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