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  • John Kolkman on CBC Edmonton AM with Mark Connolly and Tara McCarthy

    John Kolkman on CBC Edmonton AM with Mark Connolly and Tara McCarthy

    Funding to help people find affordable housing has been cut 24 per cent by the province. We'll take a look at what that means for low income Albertans trying to find housing. Click here to listen.   Read More
  • Report shows investing in families is key to ending child poverty

    Report shows investing in families is key to ending child poverty

    EDMONTON - The Alberta College of Social Workers, Edmonton Social Planning Council, and Public Interest Alberta have jointly released a report on the state of child and family poverty in Alberta called " Invest in Families: Ending Child Poverty is Good for All .” Click to download: Invest In Families: Ending Child Poverty Is Good For All Click to download: Invest In Families: Read More
  • 2019 Vital Topics - Sports and Recreation

    2019 Vital Topics - Sports and Recreation

    Edmonton Vital Signs is an annual check-up conducted by the Edmonton Community Foundation, in partnership with the 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 impact of Sports and Recreation. Download: Vital Topic 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
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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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