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  • Bake Sale in Support of the United Way

    Bake Sale in Support of the United Way

    Bake Sale Edmonton Social Planning Council #200, 10544 106 Street (Bassani Building) Wednesday, November 27, 2019 9:00am - 4:00 pm Pricing is by donation. Enjoy some baked goods and learn more about our work! 100% of the proceeds go directly to the United Way, which is working with partners in the community to help end poverty in Edmonton. Poverty is #Unignorable Read More
  • Lunch and Learn - December 10, 2019

    Lunch and Learn - December 10, 2019

    December 10, 2019 12:00 Noon - 1:30 PM Program Room - Stanley Milner Library (Enterprise Square Branch) 10212 Jasper Avenue Topic: Prevent It! Taking Action to Stop Child Sexual Abuse Please note: Registration is required for this event. Please CLICK HERE to register. About this presentation: The Edmonton Social Planning Council's Lunch & Learn Series is a series of engaging lunch-time talks about social Read More
  • 2019 Seasonal Celebration

    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
  • 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
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Welcome to Summer! This issue of the fACTivist addreses Edmonton Across the Ages, from babies to boomers and beyond.

Inside this issue:

YRAP Mentorship: By Youth, For Youth
An Interview with Edmonton’s Next Gen
The Way We Live: A Profile of Edmonton’s People Plan
The City of Edmonton Youth Council: Shaping Municipal Policy
Social Justice Events Review
ETS Mobility Choices
Child Benefit Enhancements Are Poverty Game Changers
Ending Poverty in a Generation: The Road Map
News Briefs
Get to Know an ESPC Staff Member
Board Member Profile
Upcoming Social Justice Events
New Mission and Vision Statements
Links, Resources, and Credits

Download the Summer 2016 fACTivist here!

ESPC's 2015 Annual Report contains information on our activities from 2015. Download it today to read up on our board, our new strategic framework, 2015 in review, our plans for the future, and much more!

As our outgoing president Anne Stevenson so elegantly writes, "One thing has stayed constant. Over the past year, the Edmonton Social Planning Council has continued to undertake rigorous research to analyze key trends influencing change in our community and formulate evidenced-based solutions to address the challenges we collectively face. As you will see in the following pages, 2015 was another busy and successful year for our organization."

Executive Director Susan Morrissey adds, "2015 saw staff continuing the course with our work on poverty issues. We analyzed the data and wrote the report, Tracking the Trends 13th Edition, prepared and disseminated the first ever Edmonton Poverty Profile, which was used by the End Poverty Edmonton Task Force (www.endpovertyedmonton.ca) to establish benchmarks, and ;calculated and established a living wage for Edmonton. As part of both the Research Roundtable and the Income Security Working group of the End Poverty Edmonton Task Force, staff were able to contribute to the important work to end poverty in Edmonton in a generation.

Download the ESPC 2015 Annual Report here!

The Edmonton Social Planning Council, a charitable, non-profit social research and advocacy agency founded in 1940, is seeking a

Research Assistant
Summer Position from June 13, 2016 to August 5, 2016 (with possible extension to August 19, 2016)

The ESPC is seeking a research assistant for an 8-week full-time temporary summer position (with a possible extension to 10-weeks). Main job duties will be to assist with social research projects including the 2016 edition of Vital Signs, and research focusing on affordable housing and updating a poverty profile for Edmonton. The successful applicant will also be expected to contribute to other ESPC research projects, newsletters and publications as directed.

Required Skills:

  • Knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct research using a variety of sources and methods
  • Knowledge of data collection and statistical analysis
  • Superior job task planning and organizational skills
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to carry out multiple tasks in a self-directed manner

Eligibility Requirement:
Must be legally entitled to work in Canada, be able to work out of our Edmonton office during regular office hours, and plan to return to full-time studies in the fall. The successful applicant cannot be in full-time studies or doing other full-time work from June 13, 2016 to August 5, 2016 (or to August 19, 2016 if position extended). Preference will be given to applicants with a relevant post-secondary background.

Salary: $17.00 per hour/35 hours per week

Please submit application letter and resume by electronic mail no later than May 13, 2016. We thank applicants in advance for their submissions, but we will only contact those people who will be interviewed for the position. Applications should be sent (preferably by email) to:

Edmonton Social Planning Council
Attn: John Kolkman, Research Coordinator
#37, 9912-106 Street
Edmonton, AB T5K 1C5
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

In September 2015, the EndPovertyEdmonton Task Force released its Strategy with a bold goal of ending poverty within a generation. [The] Strategy was robustly tested with thousands of Edmontonians who told us our community is more than ready to join us in the epic work to end poverty in a generation.

KÎYÂNAW: FOR ALL OF US

What defines Edmonton’s approach to ending poverty? We believe that ending poverty is not a business, but a calling. This sacred work speaks directly to our human rights lens and our Treaty roots that are central to the actions in this Road Map. This five year Road Map reflects our best thinking about our first steps and our initial priorities for action. As a community plan, it highlights the direction ahead.

We're Proud to Contribute

Edmonton Social Planning Council is listed as a potential partner for Action #15, "Actively encourage local employers in all sectors to learn about and implement living wage policies."

The report lists us as one of their leverage partners, and we're proud to help them as they "build on strong research and evaluation partnerships ... [creating] a robust evaluation and measurement framework."

Click here to download the 2016 End Poverty in a Generation: A Road Map to Guide Our Journey.

Please join the Board and staff of the Edmonton Social Planning Council  on May 19th to celebrate our accomplishments of the past year and to hear about upcoming activities of the Council.

Our keynote speaker is Paula Simons, speaking on "The Elimination Round: Why Idealism Isn't Always Ideal."

Your membership must be in current order to vote. Membership may be purchased or renewed at the door or online at our Membership page.

Date: May 19, 2016

Place: Stanley Milner Library, Room 7 (6th Floor) - 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton, AB, Canada

5:00 pm: Light refreshments

5:30–6:15 pm: Business meeting

6:30 pm: Keynote speaker Paula Simons

For more information, call 780-423-2031 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • 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)

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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