We have released our annual analysis of the Government of Alberta's 2014 Budget.
Budget 2014 covers the time period from April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015 (2014-15) fiscal year (FY). Budget 2014 estimates an operational surplus of $2.6 billion, and a consolidated surplus of $1.1 billion when capital spending and net savings are included. The government’s revenue picture has brightened considerably since last year’s budget due to higher than expected energy prices and a lower Canadian dollar. As a result, operational spending will increase next year though by less than inflation and population growth. In this fACT sheet, next year refers to the 2014-15 FY and this year refers to the current 2013-14 FY.
Click to Download: 2014 Alberta Budget Analysis
tracking the TRENDS is the ESPC's flagship publication that offers a comprehensive collection of current and historical demographic and socio-economic data focused on the Edmonton region.
The publication divides the trends into six major categories:
- Demographics - indicators of population growth, immigration and population diversity.
- Education & Employment - indicators of educational achievement and employment status of the population.
- Cost of Living & Housing Trends - indicators of the costs of basic necessities, such as food and housing, as well as the housing status of the population.
- Earnings & Income - indicators of the changing value of the wages, incomes and net worth of individuals and families.
- Poverty - indicators of the prevalence of low income, as well as the incidence of acute forms of poverty, such as homelessness.
- Government Income Supports - indicators of the investments made by governments towards improving financial security and the impact of those investments on low income families.
This edition also includes an updated Social Health Index. The intent of this index is to provide a measure of the overall social well-being of Edmonton, and how it has changed over time.
The entire 2013 Edition is now available in pdf format [126 pages] Tracking the Trends 2013.
The Edmonton Poverty Elimination Initiative is a city-wide effort involving individuals an organizations from a broad range of sectors that share a vision of ending poverty in Edmonton. Led by a Steering Committee, they drafted, "Unleashing our Potential: Eliminating Poverty in Edmonton" in June 2012, a preliminary framework that laid out the Initiative's foundational approach and intended as a tool for engaging Edmontonians in a poverty dialogue. This document proposed to shift the poverty dialogue and action beyond charity and the alleviation of poverty through an approach based on resilience, investment and engagement.
The Edmonton Social Planning Council is an organization committed to the development of social policies that will benefit the entire community. We recognize that many individuals and groups in our community also work tirelessly to advocate for programs that parallel the social vision of the Edmonton Social Planning Council. From time to time, the ESPC will provide an award of merit to an individual or group whom we believe has provided a long-term record of dedication and achievement in the pursuit of social policies of benefit to Edmontonians.