ESPC News: Op-Ed on Ending Child Poverty in the Edmonton Journal, Research Update, and more

Edmonton Social Planning Council
Edmonton Social Planning Council

The Edmonton Social Planning Council is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan social research organization, with registered charitable status. Our focus is social research, particularly in the areas of low income and poverty. ESPC is a source of knowledge and expertise on social issues within our community.

We are dedicated to encouraging the adoption of equitable social policy, supporting the work of other organizations who are striving to improve the lives of Edmontonians, and educating the public regarding the social issues that impact them on a daily basis.     

Our Vision

A community in which all people are full and valued participants.

Our Mission

Through rigorous research, detailed analysis, and community engagement, we deepen community understanding of social planning issues, influence policy, and spark collaborative actions that lead to positive social change.

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Invest in Families - Ending CHild Poverty

Following the recent release of our latest Alberta child poverty report, our Research Coordinator Sandra Ngo co-wrote an op-ed with Joel French of Public Interest Alberta and Ajay Hartenfeld Pandhi of the Alberta College of Social Workers. It was published in the February 1, 2020 edition of the Edmonton Journal.

As Ngo, French, and Pandhi state:

What can we do to end child poverty in Alberta? The research shows that strong investments into Alberta’s families, including child benefits, nutrition programs, affordable housing and subsidized, quality child care are key to ending the cycle of poverty.

The op-ed, “Ending Child Poverty is Our Moral Obligation,” can be read in its entirety here.

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Edmonton Social Planning Council has released its latest Research Update, a quarterly publication that serves as a roundup of pertinent and recent research in the areas of low income and poverty.

You can access the full research update on our website.

Reviews for six recent reports are featured in this edition, which include the following topics:

  • Public Engagement on Affordable Housing in Edmonton
  • reviewed by Akshya Boopalan
  • Supporting Vulnerable Tenants in Non-Profit Housing 
  • reviewed by Agatha Briglio
  • A Critical Time: Special Report on Emerging Adults Leaving 
  • reviewed by Alysia Elliott
  • Review of Educational and Labour Market Outcomes of Children with Immigrant Background by their Region of Origin 
  • reviewed by Hannah Nash
  • Alberta Proves Yes We Can! Reduce Poverty 
  • reviewed by Shawna Ladouceur
  • Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care in Edmonton 
  • reviewed by Reem Saraya

All publication sources are available in the Research Update report.

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Spotlight on Métis Urban Housing Corporation

Métis Urban Housing Corporation (MUHC) has been working on housing Alberta’s Indigenous families since 1982. They take pride in being a well run, professional organisation who sees their role as much more than providers of shelter.

Wholly owned by the Métis Nation of Alberta, MUHC purchased their first ten houses in 1982. The purpose was to provide housing to low and moderate income Indigenous families. To date, the program has provided housing accommodations to thousands of Indigenous residents. 

How MUHCs’ subsidized housing rates are calculated is by looking at the household income and then setting the rent at 25% of that gross household income. 

MUHC has over 500 units across Alberta and is the largest Indigenous housing provider in Canada.  

For more information: 1-877-458-8684 or

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Become a member:

In doing so, you support our efforts in dealing with social issues; allow us to distribute our materials freely and widely; receive newsletters, factsheets, and other publications; can vote at ESPC meetings; become eligible to serve on the board of directors; and are free to borrow books and publications

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Your donation helps us do our work. It keeps our social research current and comprehensive. It allows us to take on bigger projects and make a greater impact in the community. It strengthens our voice—your voice, and the voices of those who lack the opportunity to speak for themselves.

There are various ways to donate. If you are interested, click here.

Need a place for a meeting?

To continuously provide support for the community, ESPC offers its community meeting space for other social service agencies, non-profit organizations, and community members to use. 

Contact or 780-423-2031 to book the room for any of your needs.

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