Edmonton Social Planning Council:Research Update

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.

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

  • An Alberta Guaranteed Basic Income
    Reviewed by Kevin Beauchamp
  • Examining Child Care Fees Across Canada
    Reviewed by Agatha Briglio
  • A Basic Income for Alberta
    Reviewed by Sandra Gosling
  • Earnings Inequality and the Gender Pay Gap in Canada
    Reviewed by Jenna Horning
  • Measurement and Evaluation Practices in Canada’s Charitable Sector
    Reviewed by Shawna Ladouceur
  • Understanding Support Barriers for LGBTQ2 People
    Reviewed by Hanna Nash
Download the recent update now!

Blog Post: May 19, 2020

Much-needed data on rural homelessness broadens our understanding of housing instability

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When it comes to homelessness and understanding its causes, the urban experience tends to be at the forefront of the conversation due to the issue being “visible” in the urban experience. The issue of homelessness within rural and remote areas is far less understood or even acknowledged by the wider public since it is perceived as “hidden.”

The Alberta Rural Development Network’s (ARDN) recent report, Rural Homelessness Estimation Project Provincial Report, seeks to bridge this information gap with what is believed to be the first co-ordinated effort to enumerate the number of people experiencing homelessness or housing instability in rural communities across Alberta. Data on the rates of rural homelessness is scarce so the project serves as an underserved aspect of homelessness research.

ESPC Blog Post

LGBTQI2S Mental Health Tips during the COVID-19 Pandemic

“The LGBTQI2S community is 1.5x more likely to have depression and anxiety compared to the general population, which puts them at greater risk during COVID-19. This tip sheet can be used by service providers, and includes a number of safe space online counselling resources.”

Read the resource here!

Finding free tax help during COVID-19

The Interfaith Housing Initiative has compiled a handy list of places offering free tax help for low-income families and individuals seeking to file their taxes. Keeping taxes up to date is especially important for accessing government benefits and supports that individuals and families are qualified to receive. This includes benefits like the Canada Child Benefit, GST tax rebates, and others.

Click here for tax help resources!

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