Edmonton Economic Development Corporation

Social Services

The demands of modern life may sometimes feel overwhelming, especially for an immigrant learning how to live in a new city.

The City of Edmonton (as well as several non-profit groups) can provide help for personal, spiritual, family, and marital challenges.

Counselling may be religious or non-denominational, many of the services are available with low or no fees, and many provide services in various languages.

EEDC does not directly offer Social Services programs, but if additional medical or financial assistance is required, these agencies can refer clients to available resources.

  • City of Edmonton - People Services includes short-term counselling, men's support, and out-of-school care. 780.496.4777 (Contact for Counselling Services, Family Violence Prevention, Men's Support Services, and Women's Support Services)   
  • Edmonton Social Planning Council provides research and fact sheets about social issues. Helpful links include a comprehensive list of welfare and income support programs. 780.423.2031
  • Social Services Overview: InformEdmonton gives a general overview of social services in Edmonton, with a searchable database. Contact through the Internet.
  • The Support Network offers information and referrals to social service and help organizations. It operates a crisis line; dial 211. 780.482.0198
  • Alberta Government - Employment and Immigration details provincial social services in employment, income support, health benefits, and child support. 1.877.427.6419 (Toll-free within Alberta) or 780.427.6419 (Outside Alberta) 
  • Alberta Government - Programs and Services for Family support. Support includes Child Support Services, Income Support, Health Benefits, Alberta Works, etc..
    • Alberta Supports Contact Centre
      • 780.644.9992 (Edmonton Area)
      • 1.877.644.9992 (Toll-free)
    • Income Support Contact Centre
      • 780.644.5135 (Edmonton Area)
      • 1.866.644.5135 (Toll-free)
    • Health Benefit (Adult & Child) Contact Centre
      • 780.427.6848 (Edmonton Area
      • 1.877.469.5437 (Toll-free)
  • Service Alberta is a handy reference for general information about Alberta government programs and services. 310.000 (Toll-free anywhere in Alberta) 780.427.2711 (Outside of Alberta)