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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 is launching a survey of Edmonton renters to determine whether their situation has improved or worsened in the past year.

Last May, two public forums co-sponsored by the ESPC and City Councillors Michael Phair and Dave Thiele attracted over 200 Edmonton renters.  “At the time, the issue of sky-high rents and low vacancy rates was top of mind for many Edmontonians.  Since then, the issue has faded from the headlines,” noted Anette Kinley, the Council’s Research and Communications Assistant.

“Housing prices are starting to decline from last summer’s highs, making buying a home somewhat more affordable,” Kinley observed, “but to what extent – if any – is this trend making life easier for renters?”

The Council decided to conduct this survey of Edmonton renters to find out.  The survey - which takes only a few minutes to complete - asks a series of questions including: whether the participants’ feel their rental situation has gotten better or worse, whether their rent has gone up and by how much, and whether the cost of their rent is putting a strain on their ability to meet their other basic needs.

Renters can fill out or download a copy of the survey online from the ESPC website: edmontonsocialplanning.ca. The ESPC will be delivering copies door-to-door in a selection of rental complexes around the City. 

Copies of the survey will also be available through community agencies and the Edmonton Public Library. The survey will run until May 31st, and all renters who complete it will be entered to win a $50 gift card from the grocery store of their choice.

A report on the survey results will be released in June, said Kinley.  “No personal information will be included in the report, only aggregated results,” she emphasized.

“The survey results will help determine what further actions the Edmonton Social Planning Council should undertake in support of Edmonton renters,” Kinley concluded.

Copies of the ESPC renters’ survey report and the ESPC position paper can be downloaded CLICK or online at www.edmontonsocialplanning.ca

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