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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 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: Information Gathering

This project is currently at the information gathering 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 consultation process.

Public Consultation

The City of Edmonton is committed to citizen engagement. The Pawn Shops project contains several opportunities for public input. We will be gathering input on the perceptions of Pawn Shops at the Engage Edmonton Festival 2017 being held throughout the city in November and December. You can sign up on the Eventbrite page to let us know you are coming or you can just show up. 
Come by one of the five events to speak to a member of the team!

Date: Tuesday November 14, 2017
Time: 4-8pm
Location: Blue Quill Community League
11304 25 Avenue NW

Date: Thursday November 16, 2017
Time: 4-8pm
Location: Mill Woods Town Centre Mall
2331 66 Street NW

Date: Thursday November 23, 2017
Time: 4-8pm
Location: Archbishop O’Leary School
8760 132 Avenue NW

Date: Thursday November 30, 2017
Time: 4-8pm
Location: Crestwood Community League
14325 96 Avenue NW

Date: Thursday December 7, 2017
Time: 4-8pm
Location: Edmonton Tower Main Lobby
10111 104 Avenue NW

Edmontonians will also have the opportunity to provide input by responding to an online survey from November 14 to December 14, 2017. The survey results, along with all other consultation feedback, will be compiled into a What We Heard Report that will be shared with Council.  

For More Information

Robert Rutherford

Title Planner, Zoning Bylaw



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