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.