Three in five (60%) of Edmontonians agree that poverty is a significant problem in Edmonton according to the Edmonton Community Foundation.
More than 100,000 Edmontonians live in poverty with about 40% of them being children. In 2013, ESPC took a leadership role to push for the establishment of an Edmonton Poverty Elimination Steering Committee to examine and address local poverty. Today, we work with what has become EndPovertyEdmonton.
ESPC works actively with our partners, Public Interest Alberta and the Alberta College of Social Workers to prepare an annual report card that discusses poverty in Alberta. This report annually feeds into a national report prepared by Campaign 2000.
ESPC's newest contribution to ending poverty is its annual Edmonton Living Wage calculation, More than Minimum. Because $123,700 Edmontonians who work full-time earn less than $15/h ESPC has joined the Tamarack Community of Practice for Living Wage.
The two years since ESPC published A Profile of Poverty in Edmonton have been challenging ones for the city of Edmonton and its residents.
This report updates many of the poverty trends and challenges identified two years within the context of broader social and economic trends in our community. This profile updates the actions the City could take within its jurisdiction to help work towards eliminating poverty and in keeping with the Poverty Roadmap approved by City Council.
This profile update provides data and analysis to answer the following questions:
- What is the overall picture of poverty in Edmonton, and how has it changed in the past two years?
- How does poverty vary across age, gender, and households in the city? What trends are we seeing among different population groups?
- Who is impacted most by poverty? What population groups are at higher risk of experiencing poverty than others? (i.e., Indigenous people, recent immigrant/refugees, low income workers, women children and youth.)
- What are the emerging trends impacting poverty in Edmonton or influencing the work on eliminating poverty?
Download The End Poverty Action Guide for Religious and Spiritual Communities, co-produced by EndPovertyEdmonton, the Anglican Foundation and the Capital Region Interfaith Housing Initiative. The Action Guide will provide real-life stories from a variety of faith communities in Edmonton that will highlight how both individuals and communities can take action to make a difference in the fight against poverty.