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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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The Edmonton Social Planning Council (ESPC) today released the 2009 edition of its signature publication Tracking the Trends.  The 128-page publication examines in detail demographic, education and employment, living costs and housing, income and wealth, and poverty trends that together comprise the social health of Edmontonians.   Newly incorporated into the 2009 edition is a look at well-being in Edmonton at the neighbourhood level using 2006 federal census data.

“Whether planning programs and services in our community, or developing policies, timely accurate information is critical to ensuring plans reflect reality,” said Susan Morrissey, the ESPC’s Executive Director.  “The objective of Tracking the Trends is to be a one-stop resource for identifying and analyzing a broad range of social and economic trends in the Edmonton city and region to help inform decision-making,” she added.

“In the two years since the last release of Tracking the Trends our city and region has gone from an economic boom to a recession.  This is beginning to take a toll and will likely reverse the steady improvement in social health experienced since the mid-1990s ,” said John Kolkman, the ESPC’s Research and Policy Analysis Coordinator. Kolkman co-authored the report along with Anette Kinley.

“As much as possible the 2009 edition of Tracking the Trends attempts to capture this changed reality by including partial year data,” said Kolkman.  “So far in 2009, the number of social assistance recipients is up 19%, food bank usage is up 40%, unemployment of vulnerable groups like Aboriginals is up sharply, and two and a half times more Edmontonians are receiving employment insurance benefits compared to last year.”

A highlight of the 10th edition of Tracking the Trends is the neighbourhood maps.  “Putting 2006 Census data into maps gives a much clearer picture of the diversity amongst Edmonton neighbourhoods than any table or chart could,” says Kolkman.

“These maps show the greatest disparity in socio-economic status is not between provinces or cities across Canada, but between neighbourhoods in our own city,” Kolkman said, pointing out that the most and the least socially vulnerable neighbourhoods in Edmonton are often located mere kilometers apart.  “Tracking neighbourhood trends can help decision makers to direct more resources to these vulnerable neighbourhoods,” he concluded.

For more information contact:
John Kolkman, Research and Policy Analysis Coordinator
(780) 423-2031 x350

 

For a full copy of the 2009 Tracking the Trends CLICK Here.

website: https://www.edmontonsocialplanning.ca


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