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As the level of government closest to the people, the City of Edmonton continues to put poverty elimination as a priority.

Edmonton’s prosperity has not reached everyone. More than 100,000 Edmontonians live in poverty—30,000 of them are children.

In 2017 the Poverty Elimination Council Initiative was launched to ensure that the City implements the 18 City-led actions in the EndPovertyEdmonton  5 Year Road Map and advances a human rights approach among City staff in their work. The Council Initiative and EndPovertyEdmonton are interdependent and complementary; each one with a specific role in tackling the multi-layered factors causing poverty.

Terms of Reference - Poverty Elimination Council Initiative

The City’s role has evolved into that key partner, funder and advocate for actions to tackle poverty. In 2017, the Corporate Poverty Elimination Steering Committee was formed and tasked to coordinate the City-led actions in the Road Map, track progress and impact, and ensure the City’s commitments are met. City staff from across various City departments meet regularly to build their understanding and capacity around ending poverty as it pertains to municipal actions and to advance this work.

EndPovertyEdmonton is the primary steward of the Road Map, with wide and deep connections to the community which are essential to building a robust movement to end poverty in the city. EndPovertyEdmonton champions the call that ending poverty in Edmonton in a generation is everyone’s responsibility.

From Task Force to a Council Initiative

In 2014, City Council approved the creation of the Task Force to Eliminate Poverty. Co-chaired by Mayor Don Iveson and Bishop Jane Alexander, 22 members with diverse backgrounds, expertise and experiences worked on a bold vision to end poverty in Edmonton within a generation.

With extensive inputs from Edmontonians, the task force produced a City Council-approved visionary plan: the EPE Strategy and a community implementation plan called the EPE Road Map. The 5-year Road Map lays out the path toward moving people out of poverty and building a poverty-free future. 

As a cornerstone action of the Road Map, EPE was formed in 2017 to steward the implementation of the 35 EPE Road Map actions from 2011-2021. It is a vibrant and robust community collective, co-chaired by Michael Phair and Cheryl Whiskeyjack, with diverse community membership and members from all levels of government. 

The City of Edmonton Poverty Elimination Initiative, 2017-2021, provides oversight, coordination and communication to the City's efforts to end poverty. Councillors Ben Henderson and Aaron Paquette are sponsors of this Council Initiative.

City Strategies

The 10-year (2019-2028) Strategic Plan advances a healthy city—one that promotes equity for all Edmontonians. It also speaks of a safe and inclusive city, free of racism and poverty.

The City Vision and the Healthy City goal resonates with EPE’s Strategy and Road Map where equity and inclusion underpin its strategic priorities and actions. Through the Poverty Elimination Council Initiative, the City strengthens its ability to put citizens, especially those struggling with poverty, at the centre of decision-making.

The Poverty Elimination Council Initiative is actively participating in provincial and national networks involved in tackling poverty in cities and municipalities: 

  • Alberta Poverty Reduction Network
  • Vibrant Communities’ Cities Reducing Poverty
  • Tamarack Institute’s Municipal Governments Communities of Practice

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Jeannette MacInnis


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