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City Council's Direction

In April 2017, City Council directed City staff to make changes to how Pawn Shops are regulated in the Zoning Bylaw. Council also asked City staff to prepare a report that investigates the social, economic and land use impacts that pawn shops have on the surrounding neighbourhoods and citizens.

The specific motions from the April 19, 2017 Urban Planning Committee Meeting were:

  1. That Administration prepare draft amendments to Zoning Bylaw 12800 as generally outlined in Approach 1, 2 and 3 of the April 19, 2017 Sustainable Development Report CR_4329.
  2. That Administration prepare a report in consultation with stakeholder agencies including EndPoverty Edmonton and Business Improvement Areas on the impact of clustering of pawn stores including the co-relation between the location of pawn stores and other businesses and their economic, social and land use impact on neighbourhoods and citizens.

Project Stage

Project Stage: Draft Amendment

This project is currently at the draft amendment stage.

City staff  began conducting research into the effects of pawn shops over the summer of 2017 to better understand the variety of perspectives on pawn shops. City staff has focused its research into three streams:

  • Land Use Impacts
  • Economic Impacts
  • Social Impacts

City staff are exploring these aspects through:

  • A literature review of municipal and academic findings on impacts related to pawn shops
  • Discussions with key stakeholders, including business owners and service providers
  • Quantitative data such as neighbourhood income levels, crime data, and business license and development permit statistics

The full report is due back to Council in April 2018, and will include recommendations based on this research and feedback received through the public engagement process.

Public Engagement

The City of Edmonton is committed to citizen engagement. The pawn shops project contains several opportunities for public input.

As part of our research, the City conducted a survey in June 2018 to collect feedback from business owners and/or operators about how pawn stores may influence other businesses. This input will help us better understand the influence of pawn shops on businesses and what initiatives or regulations for pawn shops make the most sense. 

A report summarizing the feedback we received through our public engagement activities throughout the information gathering stage will be published on this site in advance of our October Urban Planning Committee date.

Engagement activities completed include:

  • Insight Community Survey - over 1,600 responses received
  • Project webpage survey - over 200 responses received
  • In person interviews with key stakeholders, including community service providers, pawn shop owners, users of pawn shops and representatives from the business communities where pawn shops are located.

For More Information

Robert Rutherford

Title Planner, Zoning Bylaw



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