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Basic Needs

Basic needs include anything that people or households need to survive. Traditional lists of basic needs consist of items such as food, water and shelter. However,  more recent lists have expanded to represent a more holistic picture of what is required to move beyond mere survival to well-being. Such lists consist of: food, shelter, clothing, transportation, healthcare, personal care items, essential furnishings, transportation, communication, laundry services, education, sanitation and insurance. The resources in this section explore the issues of energy poverty, social assistance, food security, and transportation.

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Related Publications

  • Basic Needs | Social Assistance

    Sick and Tired: The Compromised Health of Social Assistance Recipients and the Working Poor in Ontario

    Social Planning Toronto

    2009

    2009

  • Basic Needs | COVID-19 | Food Security | Health & Well-Being

    Food Insecurity During COVID-19

    Edmonton Social Planning Council

    2020

    2020

  • Basic Needs | Housing | Poverty Reduction Plan | What Works

    Poverty Reduction & Homelessness Prevention A Snapshot

    Edmonton Social Planning Council

    2022

    2022

  • Basic Needs | Food Security

    Food Waste Reduction Organizations

    Edmonton Social Planning Council

    2022

    2022

  • Basic Needs | Housing

    Did You Know? The Cost of Shelter

    Edmonton Social Planning Council

    2022

    2022