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  • 2019 United Way Bake Sale

    2019 United Way Bake Sale

    Enjoy some baked goods and learn more about our work! 100% of the proceeds go directly to the United Way, which is working with partners in the community to help end poverty in Edmonton. Poverty is #Unignorable — Be part of the solution! Edmonton Social Planning Council Where: #200, 10544 106 Street (Bassani Building) When: Wednesday, November 27, 2019 9:00am Read More
  • 2019 Seasonal Celebration

    2019 Seasonal Celebration

    Our Board of Directors and Staff wish to extend an invitation to you to join us in celebrating the holidays at our office! Light snacks and refreshments will be served. When: December 5th, 4:00 to 6:00 pm Where: Suite #200, 10544 106 Street (Bassani Building) 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
  • Lunch and Learn - November 19, 2019

    Lunch and Learn - November 19, 2019

    November 19, 2019 12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM Program Room - Stanley Milner Library (Enterprise Square Branch) 10212 Jasper Avenue Topic: If Not You... Then Who? Becoming a Foster, Adoptive, and Respite Caregiver in Alberta Presenters:  JoAnn Hallikainen, Caregiver Recruitment Team Lead Government of Alberta, Ministry of Children's Services All children deserve a home that is nurturing and safe. A Child's Hope is Read More
  • Public Engagement on Affordable Housing Report

    Public Engagement on Affordable Housing Report

    Access to stable and quality housing can produce positive outcomes to community health and education, and ultimately improve neighbourhood conditions and perceptions. Families that are in unstable housing are more likely to face intergenerational poverty. Living in unsafe neighbourhoods could have detrimental effects on physical and mental health. Despite these benefits, there is still formidable public opposition to providing quality Read More
  • 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
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Click here to download: Edmonton's Living Wage - 2017 Update

 

For immediate release

June 28, 2017

Edmonton’s 2017 living wage calculated to be $16.31 per hour

The Edmonton Social Planning Council (ESPC) estimates that two adults working for the full year with two children would each need to earn $16.31/hour to cover their basic expenses, to avoid severe financial stress and to participate in their communities.

The living wage is based on the actual cost of living in the City of Edmonton with government transfers, taxes and deductions included. 

While a minimum wage reflects the hourly wage that employers are required to pay all workers, the living wage reflects the actual cost of living in a specific municipality and allows families to provide for themselves and participate in their communities.

The living wage for 2017 is $0.38 less than the rate calculated in 2016. This reduction is accounted for by a full year of the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) and the further enhancement of the Alberta Family Employment Tax Credit (AFETC). Under the AFETC, benefit amounts and income thresholds were increased and indexed to inflation. Unlike the AFETC, the CCB is not scheduled to be indexed to inflation until 2020.  

Executive Director Susan Morrissey emphasized how improvements to child benefits impact the living wage amount. “We are therefore not surprised to learn that the living wage reduced again this year. It shows how important child benefits are for families to sustain a modest standard of living and to provide for themselves in the City of Edmonton.” The ESPC predicts that the decreases in Edmonton’s living wage are not likely to continue beyond 2017 as no substantial additional income transfers for families on the horizon.

The City of Edmonton’s EndPovertyEdmonton initiative makes direct reference to advocating city council to develop a living wage policy. The commitment made by the city to its permanent and temporary workers is appreciated and commendable. The ESPC is working with the City and other community partners to leverage this commitment to assist in the development of a living wage campaign in Edmonton.

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Click here to download: Edmonton's Living Wage - 2017 Update

For more information:

Heather Curtis

Research Coordinator

Edmonton Social Planning Council

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