The Parkland Institute

The Parkland Institute is an Alberta research network situated within the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta. It operates within the established and distinctive tradition of Canadian political economy and is non-partisan. Read more »

ACSW Social Policy Framework 2010:

Visioning a more equitable and just Alberta

ACSW Social Policy Framework 2010 Alberta's growing inequality carries tremendous costs that cut across all of society. This policy agenda comes out of the ongoing work of the Alberta College of Social Workers to identify the sources of that inequality and recommend solutions.

Women’s equality a long way off in Alberta:

Alberta most unequal province in Canada

Women’s equality a long way off in Alberta Alberta ranks last in Canada on a number of measures of women's economic equality. Alberta is also the only province where there is no voice for women, either through a ministry responsible for the status of women, women's directorate, or advisory council on the status of women.

Latest Research

March 07, 2014

The Way Forward:

Progressive Income Tax in Alberta

February 25, 2014

Sick of Inequality:

The Case for Action by the Government of Alberta on the Social Determinants of Health

November 06, 2013

From Bad to Worse:

Residential elder care in Alberta

Parkland in the Media

March 29, 2014 | Lethbridge Herald

Beware the wealthy bearing gifts

Altruism of the wealthy is sometimes done for less saintly reasons

by Trevor Harrison
Everyone loves people who give unstintingly to charity. But a little skepticism might be in order before saluting too much the ballyhooed generosity of the rich. read more »

March 07, 2014 | for immediate release

Budget 2014 a missed opportunity to address inequality

Progressive taxes would reduce inequality, improve well-being, and stabilize provincial revenues

A new fact sheet released this morning by the Parkland Institute in response to the 2014 Alberta Budget says that the Alberta government has missed an opportunity to address a significant roadblock to improved health, happiness, prosperity, and overall well-being for the province. read more »

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The Way Forward

March 5, 2014 | Edmonton Journal, A19

Social Impact Bonds: An investment in the wrong direction

by Ricardo Acuña
Do you have $5 million burning a hole in your pocket? If so, have we got a deal for you. The Government of Alberta will soon be allowing you to invest that money in the misery and poverty of fellow Albertans, and pay you a 10 to 20 per cent rate of return to do so. read more »

February 25, 2014 | for immediate release

New fact sheet says Alberta could save billions by addressing growing inequality

Fairer taxes and well-funded public services would improve health and reduce costs

November 15, 2013 | Edmonton Journal, A22

Who controls knowledge?

November 06, 2013 | for immediate release

New report highlights serious problems with elder care in Alberta

Government policies of privatization and offloading have negatively impacted quality of care

October 09, 2013 | for immediate release

Report says Albertans should be wary of cyber charter schools

Model sees private corporations using public dollars to deliver on-line education

9-10-2013 | Edmonton Journal, A19

Online charter schools pose risk to public system

October 03, 2013 | for immediate release

New report says city should reconsider P3 approach for Southeast LRT

City’s business case does not hold up to economic and public interest analysis

September 26, 2013 | for immediate release

Safety dividend means unionized workers fare better on workplace injuries

Alberta government continues to understate the level of workplace injuries

September 19, 2013 | for immediate release

New report: Results-based Budgeting not likely to improve service delivery

More likely to result in bloated bureaucracy and to be used to justify cuts and privatization

Upcoming Events

What's New

posted Jul 18, 2013

Next Up now accepting applications

Applications for the 2013/2014 Next Up Youth Leadership programs in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, and Saskatoon are now being accepted.


posted Nov 28, 2011

Speaking Tour - Alternative Water Futures

Join the Our Water Is Not For Sale network and Jeremy Schmidt for an exploration of the challenges for water in Alberta, why markets aren’t the answer to Alberta’s water challenges and what alternative allocation systems that protect our water commons for ecosystems, our communities and future generations could look like.


posted Dec 10, 2010

Next Up Calgary Youth Leadership Program

Next Up Calgary, a leadership program for young (18 - 32 years old) people committed to social and environmental justice. Parkland Institute is one of the local partners for this program which will run in Calgary from late January through the end of May. The application deadline is January 7.  Follow the link for more information...


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