Edmonton has experienced population and employment growth significantly above the national average almost continuously since the arrival of the new millennium. Yet many Edmontonians have not shared in this prosperity. Income inequality in Edmonton is growing and low income households in economically distressed neighbourhoods remain isolated from mainstream economic opportunities. In response to these challenges, Edmonton City Council first launched the Task Force for the Elimination of Poverty in Edmonton in 2014. In 2016, Council accepted the EndPoverty Edmonton Road Map as the outcome of the Task Force’s work. The document identifies the need to find new approaches and solutions for addressing poverty in our city and one of the Road Map’s key recommendations is the creation of a Community Development Corporation (CDC). In June 2016, Edmonton City Council voted unanimously to support community-led efforts to launch a Community Development Corporation for Edmonton.
The CDC Business Case can be found here.