Social Research

We live in a dynamic world where things are constantly changing. Staying informed on the latest news, trends, and social sciences research helps us to better serve the community. Doing local research is equally important so that we can know where people are at, where there are gaps, and where there are opportunities.

Previous Research

Social Effects of COVID-19 Reports

COVID-19 is having far-reaching impacts on our daily lives and society. The Social Planning unit created reports that use data from different sources to better understand the social impacts of COVID-19 in Spruce Grove.

January 2021 - Social Effects of COVID-19 - Review

This report re-examines all topics previously covered in April 2020, June 2020, and November 2020.

Social Effects of COVID-19 reports identifies:

  • What information from previous reports has changed?
  • What topics have new information or data?
  • What information has stayed constant?

Topics with new or changed information are covered and updated in this report. ​

November 2020 - Social Effects of COVID-19

Highlights the current:

  • Economic Landscape
    • Unemployment
    • GDP
    • Local economic impacts
  • Social Landscape
    • Mental Health
    • Addictions
    • Suicide rates
    • School re-entry
    • Rising cases
    • Spread of misinformation
  • Social Policy Response
    • Employment Insurance
    • Face Coverings bylaws
    • Universal income, childcare, and pharmacare

June 2020 – Social Impacts Report

Unique impacts to specific groups:

  • Frontline workers
  • Youth (12 - 17 years old) and young adults (18 - 24 years old)
  • Indigenous populations
  • Non-profit sector

Impacts on the following social issues:

  • Access to technology
  • Mental health and addictions
  • Community safety
  • System gaps

April 2020 – Social Impacts Report

Covers unique impacts to specific groups:

  • Homeless individuals
  • Individuals and families experiencing poverty
  • Women
  • Children
  • Seniors
  • Immigrants
  • Non-profit organizations

Impacts on the following social issues:

  • Mental health
  • Domestic violence and child abuse
  • Food access and security
  • Social isolation

Tri-Region Housing and Service Needs Estimate

The Tri-Region, along with 26 other rural Alberta communitiestook part in the second Housing and Service Needs Estimate. Data gathered through the estimate will be valuable to inform regional projects and raise awareness about poverty in Spruce Grove, Stony Plain, and Parkland County.

2020 Tri-Region Housing and Service Needs Estimate Community Support

2020 Community Summary


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