This Neighbourhood Dashboard focuses on three of the urban core neighbourhoods where the Edmonton CDC is currently active in delivering its community development mandate. I shared earlier drafts of the dashboard with a few colleagues, and one observed that this report is focused entirely on neighbourhood deficits and suggested that the dashboard include neighbourhood assets. The observation is correct, and the suggestion is sound (and the plan is to expand the dashboard to include asset-oriented info in the future).
That said, while neighbourhoods are so much more than what is represented in the dashboard, all three experience the community pain and frustration that are represented in this document and deserve to have such information so they can understand the data and trends behind the pain experienced. The release of this publication of the elements neighbourhood disadvantage paints an important picture. The dashboard also includes questions for discussion that neighbourhood residents and groups may wish to consider as they work with this data.
Urban core neighbourhoods contribute to the overall economic picture facing Edmonton as a whole. The following data and trends represent the economic health of the City of Edmonton CMA. This economic picture points to significant issues and problems for hundreds of thousands of Edmontonians which are much more profoundly experienced by urban core neighbourhoods.
The data above documents how the cost of living has been rising dramatically higher for Edmontonians than their income and demonstrates that the number of economically vulnerable residents are far more serious than represented in single charts on poverty rates, average income data, and so forth. For example, the Canadian Payroll Association data suggests that 375,000 Edmonton workers are living pay cheque to pay cheque and according to the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives nearly as many have less than one month’s savings to rely on in cases of emergencies.
The data indicates that there is substantial economic insecurity and vulnerability among residents across the city. The dashboard indicates that these insecurities and vulnerabilities are much more pervasive and profoundly experienced in urban core neighbourhoods.
 TRACKING THE TRENDS 2020, Edmonton Social Planning Council, page 41
 Ibid. page 40.
 Ibid. page 48
 Ibid. page 56
 Ibid. page 62
 Ibid. page 64
 “Already living paycheque to paycheque, some Canadians are being pushed over the brink by COVID-19” Toronto Star, retrieved from “Already living paycheque to paycheque, some Canadians are being pushed over the brink by COVID-19 | The Star” April 5, 2020