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Conférences et événements

Updated + links checked August 24, 2014
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Conferences, seminars, activities, events, whatever...

On this page, you'll find links to the following content (click the links below to jump directly to a specific section of this page):

- National and international lists of special days, weeks, years and decades
- The "Events and Conferences" page from 20+ organizations' websites (incl. international) that you can check periodically.
- Links to "recent" conferences (this is worth a look - you'll often find presentations and conference summaries!)
<===UPDATED AUGUST 24, 2014

NOTE (by Gilles): Because I don't have time to stay on top of all conferences, I've stopped posting links to upcoming conferences on this page.


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Special days, weeks, years and decades

- Federal Government Events - Includes events organized and/or sponsored by the Government of Canada throughout the year, from January 11 (Sir John A. Macdonald Day) to December 11 (Anniversary of the Statute of Westminster)
- includes website URLs

- Calendar of Health Promotion Days - from Health Canada

Historical conferences:

First Ministers' Meetings, 1906–2004 (PDF file - 785K, 132 pages)
- covers 76 meetings from October 1906 to January 2004
- incl. agenda, First Ministers attending the meeting, any communiques or press releases from the meeting, notes from the meeting and even some photos

Premiers' Conferences (1887-2002) (PDF file - 2.9MB, 75 pages)
Premiers' Conferences - Addendum 2003 (PDF file - 2.8MB, 7 pages)

Canadian Intergovernmental Conference Secretariat

From the United Nations Association in Canada:

Annual International Days

Annual International Weeks

International Years
Since 1959 the UN has designated International Years in order to draw attention to major issues and to encourage international action to address concerns which have global importance and ramifications.

International Decades
In addition to the annual celebration of certain UN-designated days and weeks, there are curently several on-going internationally-declared decades.


From the United Nations:

United Nations Conferences and Events

"Events and Conferences" pages from 20+ organizations' websites

Click on each of the links below to go directly to the conference and events listings of each these organizations.
These are all current and forthcoming conference/event listings...

Conference Information (from the Canadian Intergovernmental Conference Secretariat)
- Canadian intergovernmental meetings, mostly news releases from recent fed-prov conferences

Metropolis International - Related Events (from the International Metropolis Project)
- incl. links to past and upcoming Canadian and international conferences in many fields - social sciences and humanities, immigration, political science, sociology. Most listings have links to websites or e-mail addresses for further information
International conferences and seminars - (scroll down the page to see conferences...)

Metropolis Canada conferences and seminars (from the Metropolis Canada Project)
- scroll down the page to see conferences...

Upcoming Conferences with an Urban/Municipal Focus
- Go to the Muniscope Information and Networking website and click on "Upcoming Conferences" in the right margin

Conference Calendar (from the Conference Board of Canada) - this calendar includes many business-related conferences, seminars and workshops month by month throughout  the year.

Canadian Union of Public Employees - See "Upcoming Events" on the home page for a link to the events calendar

CWLC Conferences / Events - from the Child Welfare League of Canada - tao's online interactive calendar (from tao - the anarchy organization)


Social Capital: Calendar of Events (from the World Bank Social Capital Website)

Seminars, Conferences, Workshops (from the Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) - U.S.

UN Conferences and Events (from the United Nations)
- Documentation and information on UN conferences

Calendar of Events (from the United Nations' WomenWatch website)

Directory of UN Resources on Gender and Women's Issues

Conferences, workshops and events (from Cities Feeding People)
- This site provides information about the program initiative on urban agriculture (UA) at Canada's International Development Research Centre.
IDRC supports applied, multidisciplinary research on food security and urban policy issues in the South.

Links to Recent Conferences and Meetings

Check out these links (organized more or less in reverse chronological order) - conference organizers often post presentations and final reports on these sites long after a conference is past...


Peoples Social Forum (PSF) 2014 : University of Ottawa, August 21-24, 2014
Build together, win together! The Future is Ours!
The Peoples’ Social Forum is a critical public space aimed at fostering activist involvement of individuals and civil society organizations that want to transform Canada as it exists today. It is a space for social movements to meet and converge, for the free expression of alternative ideas and grassroots exchanges.

Forum social des peuples : Université d'Ottawa, août 21-24, 2014

PSF 2014 Program (PDF - 2.9MB, 50 pages)
Very comprehensive, includes detailed info on every event and session over the four days of PSF 2014, plus all of the logistical information required by an event of this magnitude.

Version française du programme (PDF)


CBC News:

Peoples Social Forum begins with marches through downtown
3 marches converged on Parliament Hill Thursday afternoon; forum continues until Sunday
August 21, 2014
Ottawa is hosting what organizers are billing as the largest progressive event ever held in Canada: the Peoples Social Forum. The four-day forum, which began Thursday, is concentrated around the University of Ottawa, but events associated with the forum will be happening throughout the city between Thursday and Sunday.



Peoples Social Forum ( PSF) 2014
Extensive coverage of PSF 2014, from the Opening Ceremony with Naomi Klein on Parliament Hill [ ] to the closing ceremony on Sunday.


From the
Ottawa Citizen:

Peoples Social Forum brings activists of all stripes to Ottawa
By Marie-Danielle Smith
August 21, 2014
More than 500 workshops are being held at different locations on campus over the four days of PSF 2014...

Scotland conference - international

Policy Futures: Learning from the Past?
Social Policy Association Conference

Edinburgh, Scotland
June 29 - July 1, 2009
- incl. links to:
* Programme * Sessions programme * Full Conference Papers * Accommodation * Travel & tourist information * Booking form * Plenary speakers * SPA Postgraduate Conference 2 July

* Sessions programme

NOTE: the two links abpove are broken but the session papers below are all still available.
* Sessions Papers
NOTE: the link immediately above gives you access to over 100 papers presented at the Edinburgh conference, all in PDF format, organized in alphabetical order. (Selected papers from that collection appear below.)
The "Programme" link above gives you the complete list of papers organized by theme (but without links to the individual papers)


Selected papers:
(All papers were prepared for the conference which took place at the
end of June 2009, although some papers were based on earlier presentations.)

An Approach to Canada’s Child Poverty Problem…or Not? (PDF - 1MB, 33 pages)
By Thomas Brenner
(...)This study examined three national newspapers (The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail and the National Post) over four years and three federal elections in an attempt to understand the social discourse with respect to universal childcare in Canada. What was learned is that the discourse continues to reinforce women's role as primary care providers, sidestepping the research on the benefits of early learning programs for children as a way out of poverty.

Universal Basic Income: Reconsidering the Administrative Factor (PDF - 207K, 17 pages)
By Jurgen de Wispelaere and Lindsay Stirton
This paper questions the simplistic and unthoughtful manner in which most advocates of a basic income have addressed the administrative issues that surround the decision to implement their preferred income maintenance policy. While administrative issues may impact on the decision to prefer a basic income over alternative (selective as well as universal) policies, the emphasis in this paper is on the choice of alternative ways of realising the ideal of an unconditional basic income for all.

Individualization, Citizenship, and Low Income Lone Mothers’
Caring “Choices” in Canada and Great Britain: Gender, Race, and Class Still Matter
(PDF - 104K, 30 pages)
By Amber Gazso

Gender and Social Citizenship in Historical Perspective:
The Development of Welfare Policy in England and Wales from the Poor Law to Beveridge
(PDF - 169K, 38 pages)
By Bernard Harris

The Political Practices of Disjointed and Directed Incrementalism:
Federal Child Benefits and Childcare in Canada
(PDF - 113K, 18 pages)
By Grant Holly
This paper argues that distiguishing directed incrementalism from the disjointed variety represents a promising development for the future of the incrementalist perspective.
- incl. a "survey of four periods of directed and disjointed incrementalism in federal child benefits over the last 65 years."

Citizen’s Income* and the Crash: Credit, Debt and Citizen’s Income (PDF - 92K, 25 pages)
By Bill Jordan
(...)In this paper, I want to argue that, far from closing out the debate about taxation and redistribution, the crash opens it up to a far more radical exploration of the options. This is because it raises once more questions which were fiercely disputed in the 1920s and ‘30s, about the nature of banking and credit, and it was from these contests that the UK proposal for a citizen’s income sprang. This proposal has, in recent years, won over many political philosophers and some political activists, and it has even been aired as a technical fix to tax-benefit dilemmas, for instance in Ireland. But the financial crisis seems to me a far more propitious opportunity for examining the broader implications of the proposal, and how it is related to the economy and the social order.
* "Citizen's Income" means the same as "guaranteed annual income"

Supporting Sole-Support Parents on Welfare in Canada (PDF - 532K, 18 pages)
By Tracy Peressini
Responding to vulnerable families through early intervention and family support is vital to building strong and inclusive communities. In general, the research literature indicates that the greater number of community-based programs and supports available to youth, the more likely they will develop pro-social behaviours (e.g. educational achievements, leadership, resistance skills, tolerance for diversity), avoid risk behaviours (e.g. gang participation and violence,
substance abuse, school failure, homelessness) and contribute positively to self, family and community. This study examines the impact of children’s recreational supports on family health and functioning in a mid-size Canadian city.

Welfare reform, neo-liberalization and bio-politics (PDF 238K, 28 pages)
By Jane Pulkingham and Sylvia Fuller
This paper examines contemporary welfare reforms and welfare caseload trends in British Columbia, Canada, in comparison to Ontario and NEwfoundland and Labrador, in order to explore the complex, unexpected and oftentimes contradictory ways in which neo-liberalism is constituted and reproduced in practice. Canada provides an interesting opportunity to examine contemporary processes of neo-liberalism because welfare is administered and (for the most part) financed by different provincial/territorial governments, while at the same time, provincial welfare systems operate within the same federal fiduciary, fiscal and constitutional framework.

The ‘deserving’ rich? Inequality, morality and social policy (PDF - 256K, 26 pages)
By Karen Rowlingson and Stuart Connor
There is a long tradition in social policy of discussing and critiquing the notion of ‘deservingness’ in relation to ‘the poor’. This paper will apply such debates to ‘the rich’ to consider the grounds on which ‘the rich’ might be considered ‘deserving’ including ‘just deserts’ [sic] arguments around rewarding merit/hard work/effort etc. and more consequentialist/economic arguments about providing incentives for wealth
creation. The paper also considers arguments about deservingness based around the character and behaviour of the rich.

The foundations of welfare: Bruges and Ypres (PDF - 56K, 12 pages)
By Paul Spicker
Juan-Luis Vives' De Subventione Pauperum (“On assistance to the poor”) is almost certainly the first commissioned academic report to be written on the organisation of social welfare. It was published for the City of Bruges nearly five hundred years ago, in 1526. It reviews the theoretical arguments and the literature of the time before making recommendations for the management and administration of social welfare provision. The Forma Subventionis Pauperum, published five years later for the city of Ypres, is arguably the first evaluation report. It reviewed the background, aims, methods and outcomes of social welfare policy, in an attempt to justify the provision of welfare to the religious authorities.


Social Policy and the Recession:
A passive or transformative response?

Conference - Queen's University (Kingston)
August 17-19, 2009
Queen's International Institute on Social Policy (QIISP)
QIISP 2009 focuses on the impact of the recession on our social programs. The program explores the international and domestic contours of the recession, asking how deep and long it is likely to be. The program then examines its general impact on the “welfare diamond,” examining pressures on the roles of the market, the family, governments and the voluntary sector. It also analyzes in greater depth the implications for vulnerable populations: unemployed adult workers, immigrants, youth and pensioners. The final session takes stock, asking how well we are responding, whether we are paralyzed by the intense economic pressure or whether we are adapting and improving our programs for the future."

Program (PDF - 591K, 16 pages)
- includes the complete program PLUS biographical notes for all speakers and presenters.

Themes and speakers/presenters:
(See the program for session chairs and moderators)

Introduction: The Economic Recession and Social Policy

David Dodge [ Speaker's notes (PDF 357K, 17 pages) ] - Chancellor, Queen's University and former Governor of the Bank of Canada
Monika Queisser [ Presentation PDF - 685K, 19 pages) ]- Acting Head, Social Policy, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), France

Shifting Roles in Tough Times: Markets, government, community and family

Jane Jenson [ Presentation (PDF - 50K, 8 pages) ] - [Video] - Canada Research Chair in Citizenship and Governance, University of Montreal
Dan Vale [ Presentation (PDF - 1.9MB, 33 pages)] - [Video] - Programme Manager, The Young Foundation, United Kingdom

Responding to the Adult Unemployed: Active labour market policies

Kevin Hollenbeck [ Presentation (PDF - 103K, 35 pages) ] - Vice President and Senior Economist, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, USA
Craig Riddell [ Presentation (PDF - 157K, 38 pages) ] - Royal Bank Faculty Research Professor, Department of Economics, University of British Columbia

Responding to the Adult Unemployed: Income support

Peter Whiteford [ Presentation PDF - 437K, 26 pages) ] - Professor, Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Australia
Michael Mendelson [ Presentation (PDF - 229K, 25 pages) ] - Senior Scholar, Caledon Institute of Social Policy

The Recession’s Impact on the Mental Health of Workers: A Global Perspective

Louise Bradley [no link] - Chief Operating Officer, Mental Health Commission of Canada

Responding to Vulnerable Populations: Immigrants, youth and aboriginals

Robert McPhee [ Presentation (PDF - 95K, 27 pages) ] - McPhee Economic Consulting
Naomi Alboim [ Presentation (PDF - 58K, 12 pages) ] - Fellow, School of Policy Studies, Queen's University

Responding to Vulnerable Populations: Pensioners

Garry Barrett [ Presentation (PDF - 398K, 32 pages) ] - Professor, Economics, Australian School of Business, University of New South Wales, Australia
Keith Ambachtsheer [ Presentation (PDF - 368K, 6 pages) ] - Director, International Centre for Pension Management (ICPM), Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

How Are We Doing? Is the recession paralyzing or transformative?

Armine Yalnizyan [ Presentation (PDF - 208K, 27 pages) ] - Senior Economist, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)
Don Drummond [ Speaker's Notes (PDF - 513K, 12 pages) ] - Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, TD Bank Financial Group


Links to previous QIISP events - contains links to all presentations back to 2003 (dozens and dozens of presentations!)

2009 Canadian Administrators of Volunteer Resources (CAVR) Conference
Edmonton, May 31-June 3, 2009
Try to imagine your work or personal life without community structures in place. Thousands of nonprofit/voluntary sector organizations exist because of the magnitude of volunteer engagement - engagement needing constant tending and nurturing to sustain our enviable quality of life in Canada. Volunteerism in the 21st century has moved far beyond motherhood and apple pie – requiring educated, connected, competent leaders to recruit, retain and recognize the volunteers presently engaged and able to meet the challenges of engaging new Canadians, youth and highly skilled baby boomers as volunteers for the next decade.
Registration details (PDF - 362K, 1 page)
Online registration

Canadian Administrators of Volunteer Resources
CAVR strives to promote competence and excellence in the professional administration of volunteer resources and to acknowledge the accomplishments of its members. CAVR is the only National Professional Association that offers ongoing certification in the field of volunteer resources management.

Reducing Poverty in Ontario: A Place-Based Approach
Ontario Poverty Conference
(PDF - 3MB, 8 pages)
June 10-12, 2009 (Kitchener)
The release of Ontario’s first comprehensive anti-poverty strategy makes now the ideal time for community leaders from across Ontario to come together and be inspired by the stories and experiences from Vibrant Communities and other successful poverty reduction initiatives throughout Canada that are producing real results. The purpose of Reducing Poverty in Ontario: A Place-Based Approach – a three-day learning event in Kitchener, Ontario from June 10 to 12 – is to offer community leaders a rich learning experience that will explore the distinction between reducing and alleviating poverty, and introduce concepts and tools that demonstrate how to build and sustain the multi-sector teams needed to engage citizens in comprehensive poverty reduction efforts.
Speakers include:
· Deb Matthews, Minister of Children & Youth Services and Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues
· Sherri Torjman, Vice-President of the Caledon Institute of Social Policy
· Robin Cardozo, CEO of The Ontario Trillium Foundation
· Tim Brodhead, CEO of The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation
· Frances Lankin, CEO of United Way Toronto
· Liz Weaver, Director of the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction
· Mark Chamberlain, Chair of the Hamilton Roundtable and CEO of Trivaris; and,
· Paul Born, CEO of the Tamarack Institute for Community Engagement

Caledon Institute of Social Policy

Canadian Social Forum
(Calgary, May 19-22, 2009)
The Canadian Council on Social Development (CCSD) hosted the first Canadian Social Forum, which took place in Calgary, May 19-22, 2009.

See the May 24, 2009 Special Canadian Social Forum Issue
of the Canadian Social Research Newsletter for more on the Forum.

Canadian Symposium For Parental Alienation Syndrome
March 27-29, 2009
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto
The Canadian Symposium For Parental Alienation Syndrome (CS - PAS), is an educational conference for Canadian and international mental health professionals, family law attorneys and other professionals dedicated to the prevention and treatment of Parental Alienation and Parental Alienation Syndrome.

- incl. links to : * About CS-PAS * Registration * Even and Hotel Information * Speaker Profiles * Directory of Endorsed Vendors * Referral Services (Attorney / Mental Health / Mediator) * Continuing Education Credits * Sponsorship Affiliation * Contact

Promotional Video Clip of the
Parental Alienation Syndrome Conference

Parental alienation syndrome
"...a disturbance in which children are obsessively preoccupied with deprecation and/or criticism of a parent. In other words, denigration that is unjustified and or exaggerated."
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Growing Home: Housing and Homelessness in Canada
Second Canadian Conference on Homelessness
Calgary, February 18 to 20, 2009
Growing Home, the second national conference on homelessness, will be held in Calgary, Alberta from February 18 to 20, 2009. You are invited to submit a proposal and to register for this national conference, where you can engage in an exchange of promising practices from direct service. Learn about administrative and research perspectives, and policy formulation for all levels of government. Explore the development of a national coalition of homeless service constituents.

Building on the momentum of the First Canadian Conference on Homelessness , held in 2005 at York University, Growing Home: Housing and Homelessness in Canada supports continuance of the following goals:
* Providing a venue for sharing ideas, experiences, research and practices about homelessness in Canada.
* Addressing a broad range of issues contributing to the complexity of homelessness and focus on diverse homeless sub-populations.
* Engaging all stakeholders in discussions about homelessness in order to reduce the socio-economic, sectoral, and geographical divisions that act as barriers to knowledge mobilization.à
In addition, Growing Home: Housing and Homelessness in Canada has added a fourth goal:
* Developing a national coalition of persons dedicated to ending the Canadian housing crisis

Sponsored by:
Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary

Annual conference of the
Ontario Municipal Social Services Association (OMSSA):

2009 Emergency Social Services Conference
Renaissance Toronto Airport Hotel
February 26-27, 2009
Each year, OMSSA holds an Emergency Social Services Conference, a learning event to explore the many aspects of emergency social services that CMSMs and DSSABs provide in the event of an emergency in their communities. The conference is intended to provide emergency social services staff with practical tools and resources that they can adapt and implement in emergency plans for their communities.

Preliminary Program (PDF - 401K, 14 pages)
- updated to February 9

Ontario Municipal Social Services Association (OMSSA)
OMSSA is a non-profit organization whose members plan, manage, fund and deliver social and community services at the municipal level throughout Ontario. OMSSA works on behalf of Ontario's municipal service system managers, known as Consolidated Municipal Service Managers (CMSMs). The consolidation of municipal service management by the provincial government has resulted in the creation of 47 CMSMs across Ontario, made up principally of upper tier municipalities in southern Ontario and District Social Service Administration Boards (DSSABs) in northern Ontario.

Best Interest of the Child : Meaning and Application in Canada
A Multi-Disciplinary Conference
Faculty of Law, University of Toronto
February 27 and 28, 2009
Sponsored by the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children; the Faculty of Law and David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights, University of Toronto; UNICEF Canada; and Justice for Children and Youth. Supported by The Department of Canadian Heritage

The Best Interests of the Child is one of the basic principles in the Convention on the Rights of the Child. It has been interpreted and applied in different ways in a variety of different contexts in Canada. In 2003, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child recommended that Canada work toward a common understanding and more consistent application of the principle, at the level of public policy formation as well as in decision-making for individual children. The objective of this conference is to deepen understanding of the principle, share experiences of its application, and identify good practices for implementation in Canada. The intended outcome of the initiative is a more common understanding of the principle

Notice and Call for Expression of Interest (PDF - 1.5MB, 1 page)


The New Poverty Agenda:
Reshaping Policies in the 21st Century

Conference (Kingston)
August 18-20, 2008
Excerpt from the Conference theme:
"The new poverty agenda demands new policy responses. An effective anti-poverty strategy depends on a wide range of instruments: income transfers, tax policy, asset-building strategies, early childhood interventions, education, labour market programs, housing and social services. An effective response also requires a judicious balancing of general programs and targeted initiatives for particular vulnerable groups, such as children in care, recent immigrants, single-parent families, Aboriginal peoples, people with disabilities, and displaced workers."

NOTE: Click on the above link to the conference home page for links to all 20+ presentations

* The New Poverty Agenda * Income Transfers and Asset Building * The Tax Regime * Early Childhood Initiatives and Education * Addressing Poverty and Other Social Policy Challenges through Social Risk Management: A New Conceptual Framework? * Employment and Training Programs * Integrated Approaches in Communities: Place-based Interventions * Roundtable on the Politics of Poverty: Can Poverty be a Priority?

Queen's School of Policy Studies

Social Policy, Research and Evaluation (SPRE) Conference 2007
Wellington, New Zealand
3 - 5 April 2007
The SPRE Conference 2007 enables policy makers, researchers and evaluators, students and academics, and social service providers to come together to describe, discuss and debate our key social policy opportunities and challenges. Panels of world-leading social policy experts from New Zealand and abroad will lead our discussion.
Ministry of Social Development
[New Zealand Government]
- Work and Income - incl. links to : Find a Job - Get Assistance - Employers and Industry - Support for Communities - Publications - About us

Programme at a Glance

Strengthening Canadian Communities:
A National Showcase on Community Safety, Health and Well-being
(PDF file - 74K, 1 page)
Hosted by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police
March 4-6, 2007
Strengthening Canadian Communities will offer participants an opportunity to learn more about how crime prevention through sustainable social development promotes safe, healthy communities. The Showcase will not only demonstrate community projects, but also take a more strategic view of crime prevention through sustainable social development. (...) Police services, governments at all levels, national non-governmental organizations, community
representatives and the private sector will be represented at the Showcase, and the ample time allowed for discussion and information-sharing will help to forge new links among these sectors.

Register Online
NOTE: If you're with the RCMP, your network firewall will prevent you from accessing this online registration link.
If this is the case, just download the Fax Back Form, complete it and fax it to Erin Brennan at (613) 233-6960
The cost of registration is $325 plus taxes, and it includes breakfasts, lunches and conference dinner.

NOTE: Some of the best practices in community crime prevention in the country will be highlighted at this conference. Some of these best practices include early childhood education, community support for young parents and good community planning.

Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP)

Related Links:

Coalition on Community Safety, Health and Well-being
In 2004, the CACP sought funding under the Crime Prevention Partnership Program of the National Crime Prevention Strategy to develop a coalition of national organizations not traditionally involved in community safety to promote the concept of crime prevention through social development. This objective was supported formally by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Canadian Association of Police Boards, and the Canadian Professional Police Association and informally by the Canadian Council on Social Development and Family Service Canada.

Current Members of the Coalition:
Canadian Teachers’ Federation
Federation of Canadian Municipalities
National Children’s Alliance
Family Service Canada
Canadian Public Health Association
Canadian Council on Social Development
Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police
Canadian Association of Police Boards
Canadian Professional Police Association

Crime Prevention Partnership Program
(part of the National Crime Prevention Strategy)

Crime Prevention website (a subsite of the Canadian Council on Social Development)
- incl. links to : About Crime Prevention * Social Challenges * Social Interventions * Front Lines * Policies * Crime Prevention Bulletins * Contact Us * Get Involved * Links

World Forum 2006: Future Directions in Child Welfare Conference (PDF)
February 25- March 2, 2007
Victoria BC
This international conference will explore and share knowledge, information and data on promising practices and innovative approaches to prevention and response to child abuse and neglect. New trends and developments in child welfare practice, research and networking will be emphasized. The presentations will highlight practical and innovative solutions, cutting edge research and evidence based practice.

Global Microcredit Summit
November 12-15, 2006
World Trade and Convention Centre
"On November 12, 2006, 2,000 delegates from more than 100 countries will gather in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada for the Global Microcredit Summit, to assess progress toward the Summit’s goal of reaching 100 million poorest families, and to launch the second phase of the Campaign with two new goals.
- incl links to : General Information - Program - Registration - Accommodations - Travel to Halifax - Associated Sessions - Exhibiting - Volunteers - Summit Materials - Summit 2006 Sponsors

World Forum 2006 - Future Directions in Child Care
November 19 – 22, 2006 in Vancouver, BC
This international conference will explore and share knowledge, information, data and on promising practices and innovative approaches to prevention and response to child abuse and neglect.

The New Federal Policy Agenda:
Where does the voluntary sector fit in?

Seventh Annual National Forum
October 20-21, 2006
Public Policy & Third Sector Initiative
School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University

Program (PDF file -71K, 3 pages)

[ School of Policy Studies ]
[ Queen’s University ]

Beyond the Street Conference:
Youth Taking Action on Homelessness in Canada

September 26-29, 2006
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
Beyond the Street: Youth & Communities Taking Action on Homelessness was Canada ’s first national conference focusing on youth and homelessness. The conference welcomed close to 250 delegates from all over the country and its activities highlighted existing challenges and emerging trends in youth homelessness and showcased successful Canadian efforts to address them By harnessing the creative energy and ideas of youth, homelessness organizations, and their partners, Beyond the Street brought together key stakeholders to help build the foundation for ongoing national, regional, and local action to respond to homelessness in Canada.

Final report
January 2007
PDF version, no appendices(PDF file - 770K, 29 pages)
PDF version with appendices (PDF File - 7.8MB, 94 pages)

Conference Program (549K, 14 pages)

World Urban Forum 2006 Official Website
June 19-23, 2006, Vancouver, Canada
"The World Urban Forum was established by the United Nations to examine one of the most pressing issues facing the world today: rapid urbanisation and its impact on communities, cities, economies and policies. It is projected that in the next fifty years, two-thirds of humanity will be living in towns and cities."
UN-HABITAT : United Nations Human Settlements Programme

Related Links:

Third Session of World Urban Forum closes after drawing 10,000 people
June 23, 2006
"Drawing some 10,000 participants from over 100 countries, the Third Session of the World Urban Forum closed on Friday paving the way for a new drive forward on the international urban agenda in a world of rapidly growing cities."
UN-HABITAT : United Nations Human Settlements Programme

World Urban Forum:
Transforming Ideas into Action

June 19-23, 2006, Vancouver, Canada
"The rapid increase in urbanization is a world-wide challenge. That is why Canada is proud to be hosting the World Urban Forum 3 (WUF3), a UN-HABITAT sponsored event, where key players from all over the world will gather to share experiences and transform ideas into action to improve the quality of life in urban areas. Almost 80 percent of our population lives in communities, making Canada one of the most urbanized countries in the world. The annual global survey on urban quality of living ranks Canadian cities among the best in the world."
Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Google Web Search Results:
"World Urban Forum 2006, Vancouver
Google News search Results:
"World Urban Forum 2006, Vancouver"

The central theme of the 2006 Forum is Sustainable Cities: Turning Ideas into Action.

More Info on the World Urban Forum (PDF file - 206K, 1 page)
Info on the World YOUTH Forum (PDF file - 190 pages, 1 page)
Environmental Youth Alliance (Canadian)

2006 Safe Streets Safe Cities Conference
April 4 to April 6 (Calgary, AB)
"The Canada West Foundation and Calgary’s Community Life Improvement Council have joined together to host the first in what will become an annual conference designed to address major urban issues facing Western Canada’s central cities. (...) The International Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Association (CPTED) has joined as co-presenter for the third day of the conference to provide participants with practical tools to take the knowledge learned throughout the conference and help put it into practice. This annual conference will tackle chronic social problems affecting urban society and propose workable, compassionate solutions to make cities safe."
Sponsored By:
Canada West Foundation

Homeless Individuals and Families Information
System (HIFIS) Bulletin - February 2006
(PDF 110K, 4 pages)
- also includes: What does the new government mean for the HIFIS Initiative? - Protect your computer : the importance of antivirus software - hats off to Raising the Roof (toque campaign) - featured website (Shared Learnings on Homelessness website) - events - research highlights

Related links:

HIFIS Newsletters - links to all 15 issues of the bulletin, going back to June 2004
The HIFIS Bulletin is a bilingual forum through which to disseminate research related to homelessness, details of HIFIS Initiative events, highlights and resources, as well as information of interest to the sheltering service provider community.

National Homelessness Initiative: Working Together - Federal Government
"The National Homelessness Initiative (NHI) is at work helping governments and community organizations come together to alleviate homelessness. By encouraging innovative and progressive cooperation, this approach is supporting local solutions for local problems."

The 38th Banff International Conference on Behavioural Science
Violence in the Lives of Children and Families
March 19-22, 2006
Banff, AB

Aboriginal Policy Research Conference
Conférence sur la recherche en matière de politiques autochtones

March 21-23, 2006
"The 2006 Aboriginal Policy Research Conference (APRC 2006) is intended to: (1) expand our knowledge of Aboriginal issues; (2) provide an important forum where these ideas and beliefs can be openly discussed and debated; (3) integrate research from diverse themes; (4) highlight research on Aboriginal women’s issues; (5) highlight research on urban Aboriginal issues; and, (6) allow outstanding policy needs to shape the future research agenda.

Prairie Child Welfare Research Forum: Celebrating the Partnership
Presented by: Centre of Excellence for Child Welfare and Prairie Child Welfare Consortium
When: February 9-10, 2006
Where: Regina, Saskatchewan
Registration: No fee. Register with Tina Crockford

Children 2006: Securing Brighter Futures (CWLA National Conference)
Presented by: Child Welfare League of America
When: February 27 – March 1, 2006
Where: Washington, DC

Meeting the Civic Challenges of Social Inclusion:
Cross-Canada Findings and Priorities for Action
(PDF file - 344K, 47 pages)
Prepared for the national symposium on Building a New Canada:
Meeting the Civic Challenges of Social Inclusion
Gatineau, November 27- 28, 2005
By Peter Clutterbuck, Christa Freiler and Marvyn Novick

Inclusive Cities Canada

"Inclusive Cities Canada: A Cross-Canada Civic Initiative was established in 2003 as a partnership of five social planning organizations. The Initiative begins with the understanding that all members of the community potentially gain from social inclusion – those who are vulnerable for reasons of poverty, racism or fear of difference – as well as the broader community that benefits when every one is able to participate as a valued and contributing member."

Related Link:

National Symposium on Building a New Canada:
Meeting the Civic Challenges of Social Inclusion

Meeting of First Ministers and National Aboriginal Leaders (PDF file - 63K, 19 pages)
Kelowna, British Columbia
News Release
November 24-25, 2005
"First Ministers and National Aboriginal Leaders agree to take immediate action to improve the quality of life for the Aboriginal peoples of Canada in four important areas – health, education, housing and relationships. They also agree that enhancing economic opportunities is a key priority area for multilateral action. To ensure that tangible progress is made, First Ministers and National Aboriginal Leaders have set goals and agreed on the need for indicators to measure progress."
Canadian Intergovernmental Conference Secretariat

- Go to the First Nations Links page:

Health Services Restructuring: New Evidence and New Directions
November 17-18, 2005
Kingston, Ontario
Organized by the John Deutsch Institute and the Institute for Research on Public Policy
"The principal objective of the conference is to shift debate away from polarizing issues and focus instead on use of evidence and empirical analysis to examine specific structural innovations to better understand impacts on service delivery and to help identify what works and what doesn’t."

Program (PDF file - 64K, 3 pages)
Registration form
Register online

John Deutsch Institute
Institute for Research on Public Policy

Annual Conference of Federal-Provincial-Territorial Ministers of Health
Toronto, Ontario
October 22-23, 2005
News Release
"At their annual meeting this weekend Canada's Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Health reaffirmed their commitment to the implementation of the 10-Year Plan to Strengthen Health Care, signed last year by all First Ministers."

"Canada’s National and International Collaboration on Pandemic Influenza Planning"

Canadian Intergovernmental Conference Secretariat

Indigenous child welfare conference features Canadian, U.S., international perspectives
Child advocates, political leaders share common goal to build better foundation for child welfare system
October 24, 2005
"An unprecedented gathering of Canadian, U.S., and international child advocates and political leaders convenes in Niagara Falls on Oct. 26, to begin meaningful reform of Indigenous child welfare systems.
Reconciliation: Looking Back, Reaching Forward—Indigenous Peoples and Child Welfare is a three-day event, Oct. 26 to 28, at the White Oaks Conference Centre in Niagara Falls, Ontario. “Our intention is to start a sustainable movement to reshape child welfare systems, which have disproportional numbers of Aboriginal children in both Canada and the U.S. We need to recognize the rights and abilities of Indigenous peoples to make the best decisions for Indigenous children,” said event organizer Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society.

Conference Link:

Reconciliation: Looking Back, Reaching Forward—Indigenous Peoples and Child Welfare conference
N1iagara Falls, October 26 - 28, 2005
You'll find detailed information about the Niagara Falls conference under Initiatives on that page (see "Participants' Information")
--- and don't miss the excellent Resources section!

NEWS@UofT (University of Toronto)

Related Links (Sponsoring Organizations):

First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada
National Indian Child Welfare Association
Child Welfare League of America
Child Welfare League of Canada
Centre of Excellence for Child Welfare
Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations
Six Nations Council

First Nations Orphans Association

World Conference on Prevention of Family Violence 2005
October 23-26, 2005
Banff, Alberta
"The World Conference on Prevention of Family Violence 2005 will bring together a diverse group of international leaders, researchers and policy and program experts to share promising practice in family violence prevention, intervention, support and follow-up. The goals of the conference are to heighten global awareness of family violence, strengthen leadership networks and collaborative partnerships, and point the way for a generation free of family violence."
National Children's Alliance
Alliance nationale pour les enfants

10th Annual International Metropolis Conference
October 17-21, 2005
"Our diverse cities: migration, diversity and change International migration is dramatically changing the world's cities. When urban environments have good policies and programs, everyone benefits including immigrants, refugees and their new host communities.

The 10th International Metropolis Conference, hosted by the City of Toronto, Canada, will feature some of the world's key thinkers who will stimulate debate on:
Ø Increasing diversity's effect on the economic, social, cultural, justice, and political aspects of the world's cities.
Ø The benefits and challenges of diversity.
Ø Are national migration policies consistent with the interests of cities?

Registration fees are $1,010 and include access to 80 plus Plenary Sessions, Conference Centre Based Workshops, Community Based Workshops, and Study Tours in and around the City of Toronto. Also included is an enriched Social Program that features a Welcome Reception at the Hockey Hall of Fame, and a Closing Dinner at the historic Liberty Grand. Special registration rates available are a one-day-only rate of $300, and the full conference for $300 for students, and $400 for non-government organizations."

- for more information on speakers, panelists, and program highlights and descriptions, please visit the official 2005 Metropolis website at the link above.

Metropolis Canada
Related Link:
City of Toronto

Imagining Public Policy to Meet Women’s Economic Security Needs (Conference)
October 13-15, 2005 – Vancouver

Keynote Address by The Honourable Monique Bégin, PC, FRSC, OC:
Have they Forgotten Women?
(Word file - 78K, 11 pages)
[Meeting Women's Needs: Government & Imaginative Public Policy]

Presentations from this conference
Links to the following presentations (Powerpoint, Word and PDF files):

- Femocratic Administration and Women's Economic Security Panel - Tammy Findlay (York University)
Women of an (Un)certain Age - Charmain Spencer (SFU Gerontology Research Centre) & Elsie Dean (Women Elders in Action)
Economic Security for Women with Precarious Immigration Status: Ensuring Labour Rights for All - Jill Hanley (Universite Libre de Bruxelles)
- Supporting Women's Economic Needs Through A Universal Home Care Policy - Melodie Kelly (Memorial University)
Moving Beyond the Policy Debate: How Process Improvements can Dramatically Impact Service Delivery in the Health Care System - Larua Zilney (Canadian Federation of University Women)
Saskatoon Community Clinic Supporting Women's Economic Security - Louise M McKinney & Patrick Lapointe (Saskatoon CHC Co-op)
Enhancing Social Policy in Canada: The Gore-tex Approach - Rhonda Breitkreuez (University of Alberta)
All the work women do: Imagining household and group provisioning - Marge Reitsma Street (University of Victoria), Stephanie Baker Collins (York University), Sheila Neysmith (University of Toronto)
Abolishing Mandatory Retirement: What are the Safeguards for Women?
Gaps in practice: Redressing the Devaluation of Precarious Jobs - Nancy Zukewich (Statistics Canada)
- Community-based research processes: addressing the needs of multiple constituencies - Catherine M. Scott (University of Calgary), Michelle Murdoch (Memorial University), Laura Dreuth Zeman (Southern Illinois University), & Joan Farkas
For Better or Worse? National Employment Policy Approaches and Women with Disabilities - John Vellacott (UBC)
Making Work: Income Security for Women with Mental Illness - Marina Morrow (SFU)
- Re-Visioning the Environment of Support for Single Mothers in Extreme Poverty - Penny Gurstein & Silvia Vilches (UBC School of Community and Regional Planning)
Towards More Egalitarian Policies on Prostitution: What Canada Can Learn from the International Community - Emily van der Meulen (York University)
- Identifying Keys to Successful Transition From Social Assistance to Paid Work: Lessons from Canada, the United Stes, Australia and Europe - Shauna Butterwick (University of British Columbia)
“Learning to be Poor: Job Training and Women in the U.S. ” - Jane Henrici ( University of Memphis)
- Poverty, Indifference & the Struggle for Political Autonomy - Chrystal Ocean (WISE)
- Are Wage Supplements the Answer to the Problems of the Working Poor? (Word file - 59K, 15 pages)
Conference presentation by Andrew Jackson (Canadian Labour Congress)
===>NOTE Re. the wage supplements presentation: See A Working Income Tax Benefit That Works from the Caledon Institute of Social Policy (next section below on the page you're now reading) --- both of these reports deal with the Working Income Tax Benefit proposed by the federal government.

Food and Human Rights: Hunger, Health and Social Well-Being
International Symposium
University of British Columbia
September 28-29, 2005
Co-chairs: Kimberly Azyan, President, Social Work Alumni Association and
Graham Riches, Director, The School of Social Work and Family Studies.
"The UBC School of Social Work and Family Studies, in partnership with the UBC Social Work Alumni Association, cordially invite you to a thought provoking and informative public forum on the growth of hunger and food insecurity internationally and in Canada, and what to do about it. Explore the tensions and complexities of the global food system and learn about the right to food as an effective tool for action at home and overseas. Celebrate the role of food and nutrition in building healthy and sustainable communities and participate in drafting recommendations for achieving food security to be directed to international institutions, governments (all levels) and civil society."
(1.03MB, 2 pages)
NOTE: the PDF version includes a registration form and fee info ($75 for all sessions, lower fees for low income participants/students)

"We expect this to be a popular event so space will be limited. Please register by September 9, 2005.
Register on-line at the UBC Alumni website

School of Social Work and Family Studies
[University of British Columbia]
Celebrating 75 Years of Social Work Education at UBC!

Symposium on Early Child Development - A Priority For Sustained Economic Growth & Equity
September 27-30, 2005
World Bank – Washington, DC
"The Symposium brought together 150 participants from about 30 countries from the Latin and Central America and the Caribbean, East Asia Pacific, the Middle East and North Africa, Eastern and Central Asia, and Sub Saharan Africa, with the largest representation coming from LAC. (...) The symposium objectives were to: (i) Continue to build awareness of ECD as an important investment that nations can make to inform policymakers about the returns on ECD; (2) Highlight progress in the implementation of policy and program responses; (3) Identify and explore alternative mechanisms to finance effective early child development interventions that reach the beneficiaries, and (4) Learn from existing evaluations so that in the future, better-designed evaluations will respond to questions posed by policy makers and project managers to continue funding ECD."
- includes a detailed agenda and links to other symposium materials (audio/video presentations, speeches, etc.)

The three links below are to Canadian presentations made at the symposium.
Clicking a link downloads a video file and a Powerpoint presentation in each case.
If the video doesn't work, it's likely because you're trying to access the file from behind an office or university network that has a high level of security, or else the network admin just doesn't like people watching videos on company time. Try watching the video from home if that's the case...

Science of ECD: Biological Embeddings of ECD
Video and Powerpoint presentation, approx. 46 min.
by Fraser Mustard (Canadian Institute for Advanced Research)

Measuring ECD Longitudinal Research in Canada
Video and Powerpoint presentation, approx. 19 min
by Jane Bertrand (Council for Early Child Development and Parenting, Canada)
- incl. info about the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth

Investment in Early Childhood Development : The Economic Argument
Video and Powerpoint presentation, approx. 19 min
by Charles Coffey (Executive VP, Royal Bank of Canada)
Text version of this presentation - from the RBC Financial Group website]

Early Child Development (ECD)
"This site is a knowledge source designed to assist policy makers, program managers, and practitioners in their efforts to promote the healthy growth and integral development of young children."
[ The World Bank ]

CUexpo2005 - Community-University Research Partnerships:
Leaders in Urban Change

International Conference, September 15 - 18, 2005
Winnipeg, Manitoba
"Participants of CUexpo2005 will share research findings on urban/inner city issues, and explore ways of developing effective research partnerships. The conference will strengthen the understanding of, and support for, the unique and diverse nature of research involving collaboration of university and community partners.

- incl. links to: online registration, fieldtrip info, entertainment, panel sessions, keynote speakers, volunteer opportunities

For more information :

Winnipeg Inner-City Research Alliance
Institute of Urban Studies (University of Winnipeg)

Participating to Create a Different World: Shaping Our Own Future
August 14-17, 2005
University of Ottawa
"The Participatory Development (PD) Forum would like to invite you to participate in its upcoming International Conference, Participating to Create a Different World: Shaping Our Own Future to be held at the University of Ottawa , August 14th – 17th, 2005 . The initial conference planning is made possible through the generous support of Human Rights and Participation Division, Policy Branch, CIDA, and of World University Services of Canada. We look forward to your participation in this exciting event.

This conference should be of interest to the following audience:
* community leaders and activists from women’s organizations, indigenous people’s organizations, and labour and workers’ movements
* development practitioners seeking a deeper understanding and enhanced skills in participatory development
* committed academics and researchers
* popular educators
* students and youth
* decision- and policy-makers seeking to move the development agenda forward including donors and government officials at all levels."

Participatory Development (PD) Forum

"...a network dedicated to promoting a philosophy of participation that advocates for people's capacity and right to define and control their own development in order to achieve social justice and equality"

Canadians and Their Money: A National Symposium on Financial Capability
Government Conference Centre, Ottawa
June 9-10, 2005
"How well do Canadians understand financial matters, apply their knowledge and take responsibility for financial decisions? What does that mean for policy makers? The Policy Research Initiative (PRI), Social and Enterprise Development Innovations (SEDI) and the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) have partnered to seek answers to these questions. The symposium will feature leading-edge national and international experts who will engage with government, non-profit sector and business representatives in two days of discussions about the current state of policy and practice surrounding this increasingly important topic."

Conference Program (PDF file - 1.2MB, 6 pages)
Registration & Accommodation

Financial Capability and Poverty: Discussion Paper (PDF file - 249K, 29 pages) - July 2004
Exploring the Promise of Asset-Based Social Policies: Reviewing Evidence from Research and Practice
Synthesis Report from the [Dec/03] Conference on Asset-Based Approaches
(PDF file - 179K, 27 pages)

PRI Poverty and Exclusion Project

Policy Research Initiative (PRI)
Social and Enterprise Development Innovations (SEDI)
Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC)

CANADA: Researching Resilience in Children and Youth [conference]
15-17 June 2005
University of Kings College
Halifax, Nova Scotia
"The International Resilience Project (IRP) is a research project that is using different types of research methods to examine what helps children and youth cope with the many challenges they face in life. The project is working with children, youth, and elders in 12 countries and on 5 continents around the world. It is a 3-year pilot study funded by the government of Canada through Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada. The Project is hosting an international conference to present leading edge innovations in building, sustaining and researching resilience in children and youth, globally.(...) Researchers, policy makers, child advocates, clinicians, and community workers globally are being invited to share their work. "
- Key note speakers include: James Garbarino * Hamilton McCubbin * Laura McCubbin * Cindy Blackstock * Zahava Solomon
The following sub-themes will be explored at the conference: (A) Theories of resilience in children and youth across cultures (B) Research methods in the study of resilience across cultures and contexts (C) Interventions to build resilience in children and youth, including prevention and treatment.

"The International Resilience Project (IRP) is an international research project that is using different types of research methods to examine what helps children and youth cope with the many challenges that they face in life. It looks at this from the perspective of youth, elders and others in each community that participates. The project is working with children, youth, and elders in twelve countries and on five continents around the world. It is a 3-year pilot study funded by the government of Canada through Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada."

12th Biennial Canadian Social Welfare Policy Conference:
Forging Social Futures: Canadian and International Perspectives

A joint initiative of the University of New Brunswick and the Canadian Council on Social Development
June 16-18, 2005
Fredericton, New Brunswick
This is an opportunity for scholars, analysts, policy makers and activists to share ideas about building equitable communities. The bilingual forum is a diverse mix of the practical and the theoretical. It will highlight what works, what doesn't work and what could work. Participants will come away with new information and ideas about how theories can be turned into responsive policies and programs. The conference will feature a mixture of keynotes, plenaries, workshops and roundtables to maximize opportunity for presentation and discussion. Most sessions are to be held at the Wu Conference Centre at the Fredericton campus of the University of New Brunswick in the stimulating context of this bilingual and bicultural province."

Canadian Council on Social Development
University of New Brunswick

Related Links:

This conference is a biennial event that started in 1982. I've attended every conference in this series except the one in Regina in 1997, and I highly recommend it as a meeting place for academics, "feds"and provincial-territorial government people and NGO folks.

Canadian Social Welfare Policy Conference Proceedings
Fredericton - June 16-18, 2005
[Proceedings posted September 2005]
- incl. links to complete proceedings and highlights for each of the three days of the conference; the link below is to the complete proceedings.

Conference Proceedings with photographs (PDF file - 566K, 78 pages)

Here are links to the two most recent conferences:

11th Canadian Social Welfare Policy Conference - It's Time to Act!
Ottawa, June 15-17, 2003

10th Biennial Conference on Canadian Social Welfare Policy : 
Wealth, Health and Welfare: Tensions and Passions
Calgary, June 17-20, 2001

Rethinking Development: Local Pathways to Global Wellbeing
Worldwide Leaders Will Discuss Innovative Solutions for Positive Sustainable Development
St. Francis Xavier University
Antigonish, Nova Scotia
June 20-24, 2005
- incl. links to : Conference Description | Program | List of Presenters | Call for Papers | Conference Papers | Brochure | Links | Workshops | Registration

"You won't want to miss this landmark conference examining development initiatives around the world that have successfully integrated socially and environmentally responsible policies and practices. "
(more than 400 government, non-government, business, labour, academic, and youth leaders from 30 countries and 6 continents are gathering at St FX University for this conference.0

"We've got some of the world's leading thinkers and practitioners in this field, including:
- Ray Anderson, founder & CEO of Interface Inc., the world's largest company committed to complete sustainability
- Bunker Roy, founder of the Barefoot College in India - built by and for India's rural poor,
- Ela Bhatt, founder of the Self-Employed Women's Association in India
- Dr. Marilyn Waring, pioneer New Zealand economist
- Mathis Wackernagel, developer of the Ecological Footprint - one of the most widely used measures of sustainability."

GPI Atlantic

Protecting children, helping adults: Bringing two worlds closer together
6th National Child Welfare Symposium
May 26 - 27, 2005
Mont Royal Centre, Montreal, Québec
Conference Themes: domestic violence * mental health * child protection * drug abuse * intellectual disabilities

"The Centre of Excellence for Child Welfare (CECW) is proud to present the detailed program, including a registration form, for the 6th National Child Welfare Symposium ( , to be held at the Centre Mont-Royal in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, May 26 - 27, 2005. Protecting Children, Helping Adults: Bringing Two Worlds Closer Together, is bringing together researchers and practitioners with managers and decision makers who wish to build bridges between services for adults (specifically in the areas of domestic violence, substance abuse, mental health problems, and intellectual disability) and child welfare services. A forum on social policy is taking place at the end of the second day of the symposium. Its goal is to lay the groundwork for co-ordinating services for adults and services for children, with the aim of responding better to the respective needs of the members of families in difficulty. Taking the risk of intervening, together—should this be the starting point for concerted action?"

Program (PDF file - 1.4MB, 14 pages)

Registration will be available online on Monday, May 7, 2005.

Centre of Excellence for Child Welfare


Canadian Conference on Homelessness
May 17-20, 2005
York University - Toronto
"The Canadian Conference on Homelessness is the first national, cross-sectoral and interdisciplinary forum for sharing and collaboration in order to explore the links between research and action, and to continue to move towards effective long-term solutions in homelessness issues. The conference will provide a foundation for future research and action on homelessness along with the capacity to develop effective solutions across Canada over the long-term."
- incl. links to Program - Call for Papers - Schedule - Register - About Us (Organizers, Support, Partners)

Version française:
Conférence canadienne sur l’itinérance


First Nations, First Thoughts Conference
Centre of Canadian Studies
The University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh, Scotland
May 5-6, 2005
"This interdisciplinary conference will explore the significance of Aboriginal peoples in the development of cultural and intellectual thought in Canada. The conference is designed to bring Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal scholars together to consider the development and transmission of Indigenous thought and the impact of Aboriginal perspectives on cultural, political, environmental, historical, legal, philosophical and anthropological thought in Canada."

Yes, it is too late to attend this conference (darn...), but I want to draw your attention to an excellent collection of recent papers, most of which were prepared specifically for this event.

Abstracts and papers - links to the full text of 47 papers prepared for this conference, all in PDF format, and the possiblity of more to come ("abstracts and papers will be posted online as they are received")
Highly recommended reading --- there's a wealth of information here, mostly by Canadian experts and almost all of it about First Nations in Canada!
The complete collection of studies (plus abstracts of other papers presented at the conference) is on two pages - "Authors A-M" and "Authors N-Z" (don't miss that second page!)

Centre of Canadian Studies
[ The University of Edinburgh ]

Kudos to the Centre of Canadian Studies for making all of this content available online!
This conference website is a fine example of why social researchers should include websites for upcoming and recent conferences on their list of online resources to peruse from time to time --- you'll often find large collections of timely and relevant papers and presentations on conference websites - keep them in mind...


Women's Rights and Freedoms: 20 Years (In) Equality - Conference
April 28, 2005 - May 1, 2005
Vancouver, BC
National conference hosted by the West Coast Legal Education and Action Fund (West Coast LEAF) and the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL). The Conference will be bilingual and will strive towards accessibility. The focus of the Conference will be the 20th anniversary of the equality requirements (Section 15) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Section 15, which is part of the supreme law of Canada, prohibits discrimination by Government on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, and other grounds. The Conference will include discussions on how the Charter affects women and our rights. The Conference is expected to provide information on the law and discrimination, as well as a unique opportunity to meet, strategize and share information with activists, community workers, lawyers, and others from across the country about what actions we can take to advance women's rights.

Related Links:

West Coast Legal Education and Action Fund
National Association of Women and the Law


Beyond Rhetoric: Canada’s Second Conference on Bullying
Ottawa Congress Centre
March 21-23, 2005
"The conference will bring together academic and community-based researchers, service providers youth, policy makers, and key stakeholders in order to better understand issues relating to bullying and victimization; and move towards finding effective solutions."

Conference at a Glance

Bullying Awareness Network

Related Link:
Child and Youth Friendly Ottawa


What Works?
The Social Policy, Research and Evaluation Conference 2004
- New Zealand
25-26 November (2004), Wellington Convention Centre
"What Works?" is a fundamental question for both policy and practice. The conference will bring together the policy, provider, research and evaluation communities and emphasise evidence-based policy and practice.
- incl. links to : General Information - Registration - Accommodation -
Programme - Papers and Presentations - Speaker Profiles - Poster Competition - Social Programme - Contacts - Conference Partners - News Archive - Call for Abstracts (closed)

"The conference programme includes a combination of keynote plenary sessions, panel discussions and concurrent sessions. The Advisory Committee reviewed over 150 high quality abstracts submitted by leading New Zealand researchers. Over 100 papers have been included in the concurrent sessions which will provide delegates with a range of New Zealand perspectives on social policy, research and evaluation."
NOTE - one of the keynote addresses is a Canadian presentation: First Nations Peoples in Canada: The best caregivers for First Nations Children and Youth (by Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director, First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada)
Concurrent sessions include : Public Good Research Meets Policy and Practice - Social Capital - Capacity Building and Communities - What Works for Youth - Duncan McLennan on Housing Policy - What Works (Disability)
Incomes - Best Practice Research & Evaluation - Census Data - Improving Educational Outcomes - Primary Health Care - Social Indicators - Promoting Healthier Lifestyles - What Works for Children - Employment - Sustainable - Community Development - Housing Affordability - What Works for Families - Mortality - Migration - Family Violence - Achieving Work / Life Balance - Community, Culture, Housing - Mental Health

New Zealand Ministry of Social Development


Exploring New Approaches to Social Policy: Lessons from Research
Policy Research Initiative Conference
December 13-15, 2004
Ottawa Congress Centre
"On December 13-15, 2004 the PRI will present a milestone conference on new approaches to social policy.
Building on interdepartmental research from three PRI social policy projects, the conference objectives are twofold:
- to describe, based on research results, the social, economic, and demographic challenges and opportunities most likely to affect social policy in the medium term; and
- to assess new and underutilized approaches for addressing such challenges and for capitalizing on opportunities.
The second objective will dominate the agenda, with many sessions exploring different approaches to social policy issues."

Conference Agenda
(204K, 18 pages)

Here are just some of the topics and the people:

Topics include: Challenges and Opportunities for Canadian Social Policy - Population Aging and Life-Course Flexibility - Family – Work – Education: Trends in the Use of Time and Its Consequences - The New Statistical Tools for Life-Course Analysis - Poverty and Social Exclusion - Social Capital and Poverty - Family-Work Balance - Asset-Based Policies and Programs - Strengthening Communities and Collective Capacities through Social Capital - Applying a Social Capital Lens in First Nations Communities - Increasing Choices for Life-Long Learning - Building Horizontal Partnerships - Immigrant Integration through Multi-Level Partnerships - Engaging the Private Sector in Affordable Housing - Reducing Poverty and Exclusion through Social Capital - Population Aging and Life-Course Flexibility: International Experiences - Increasing the Age of Retirement in OECD Countries - Exploring the Potential of the Social Economy - Legal Norms as Drivers of Social Policy - How to Court a Centipede: The Governance of Social Policy in Canada

Speakers/Commentators/Chairs include: Alex Himelfarb - Jean-Pierre Voyer - Michael Wernick - Terry Hunsley - Michael Wolfson - Peter Hicks - Nicole Jauvin - Linda Duxbury - Peter Nares - John Greenwood - Andrew Treusch - Satya Brink - Scott Murray - Cynthia Williams - Judith Maxwell - Stephen Loyd - Marcel Lauzière - Susan Scotti - Allen Zeesman - Nathalie Des Rosiers - Marie Fortier - Jocelyne Bourgon - Thomas Courchene - Gilles Paquet - Keith Banting - William Watson

Presentations and Speeches from the
Exploring New Approaches to Social Policy Conference
(Ottawa, December 13-15, 2004)
- links
to presentations (Powerpoint slides) and speeches from the PRI Conference Exploring New Approaches to Social Policy.

Policy Research Initiative


New Century, New Risks: Challenges for Social Development in Canada - Conference (Nov. 18-19, 2004 - Montréal)
Social Development Canada is co-convening a conference on social development with the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, to be held November 18-19 2004, in Montréal. The conference is entitled, 'New Century, New Risks: Challenges for Social Development in Canada.' Taking an international perspective, this conference will examine the new social risks facing Canadians and debate new directions in social policy. The conference will also examine new trends in governing social development and consider how complex social problems are addressed on the ground."
Social Development Canada
McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (McGill University)

Reading Room

Speakers included:
Tom Kent, Ken Dryden, Céline Le Bourdais, David Green, John Myles, John Stephens, Judith Maxwell, Bruno Palier, Jane Jenson, Frances Lankin, Marcel Lauzière, Roger Gibbins
Preliminary Program


A New Social Architecture for Canada's 21st Century (PDF file - 1.2MB, 32 pages)
November 12, 2004
by David Hay, Director of the Family Network
"Canadian Policy Research Networks' Social Architecture Papers will be profiled at a major conference next week in Montreal. The conference, New Century, New Risks: Challenges for Social Development in Canada, organized by Social Development Canada and the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, will examine the implications of new social risks facing Canadians."

Family Network
[ Canadian Policy Research Networks ]

Related Links:

New Century, New Risks: Challenges for Social Development in Canada - Conference (Nov. 18-19, 2004 - Montréal)
Social Development Canada
McGill Institute for the Study of Canada
(McGill University)


2004 A Community Forum on Homelessness Linking Ottawa Research with Action and Policy - Ottawa
November 22, 2004 (9:00a.m. – 4:00 p.m)
In Honour of National Housing Day
University of Ottawa
Presentations and themes include : • Homeless: The Perspectives and Experiences of Adolescents in Family Shelters in Ottawa • Promoting Social Inclusion through a Harm Reduction Approach • Investigating Diversity Among the Homelessness Population: Implications for Developing Effective Housing Policies and Programs • The Effectiveness of Occupational Therapy with People at Risk of Homelessness • Youth at Risk • Vulnerable Women • Supportive Housing - models and best practices • Rent Control - its impact on affordable housing • Harm Reduction
Keynote Speaker at lunch is
Dr. Stephen Hwang (internationally recognized researcher in homelessness and health with the Inner City Health Research Unit at St Michaels Hospital in Toronto).

Information and Registration Form (PDF file - 36K, 1 page)

Centre for Research on Community Services (University of Ottawa)


Child Care for a Change!Shaping the 21st Century
Childcare & Early Learning Conference

November 12-14, 2004
Winnipeg Convention Centre
"The Canadian Council on Social Development (CCSD) is the host of the conference “Child Care For A Change! Shaping the 21st Century." The conference will take place at the Winnipeg Convention Centre, in Winnipeg, from November 12th to 14th, 2004. This exciting pan-Canadian conference will feature inspiring speakers such as UN Special Envoy Stephen Lewis and Quebec Education Critic Pauline Marois. It will provide ample time for a rich dialogue and debate during sessions like the special Town Hall Meeting on Child Care. It is expected that the ideas generated from the conference will influence public policy and public perception about early learning and child care and help set the agenda for the next decade."
General Info - Program (incl. list of 15 workshops)- Speakers - Papers - Registration - Accommodation
Canadian Council on Social Development


It's the Journey, not the destination
13th National Child and Youth Care Conference

October 13, 14, & 15, 2004
Conference at a Glance
- table with active links to more complete descriptions of the program;
Keynotes, Sessions and Tour Destinations all have active hyperlinks.
Conference Hosted by:
Child & Youth Care Association of Alberta
"An organization of child care professionals who have common interests, concerns and objectives in providing quality services to children and youth."
Conference Sponsored by :
Council of Canadian Child and Youth Care Associations
Related Link:
International Child and Youth Care Network


WorldForum 2004
Fifteenth Annual Summit of Child Welfare Leaders

Buenos Aires, Argentina
27 - 30 September
Theme: National Plans of Action for Children
"Childhood and Adolescence in the Political and Social Agenda"
- this link to the Summit website includes links to program information, speakers (incl. Peter Dudding and Bruce Rivers from Canada), host country info and online registration

"The International Forum for Child Welfare, IFCW, and the Argentine Committee of Pursuit and Application of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child (CASACIDN) have organised the WorldForum 2004 on National Plans of Action (NPA) for Children, 'Childhood and Adolescence in Political and Social Agenda'. Within the framework of the NPAs, several areas of special interest will be reviewed, such as poverty, working children, discrimination, right to participation and the responsibility of the State and the society. The aim of this Forum is to promote the establishment of cooperation in the search for alternatives to the problems of children in their respective countries, and to contribute to the development of up-to-date knowledge on children matters around the world. A combination of specialised conferences, presentations and workshops will serve as frameworks for the discussion and the exchange of ideas among peers."

National Plans of Action - A World Fit for Children (part of Summit website info)

International Forum for Child Welfare

Related Link:

UN General Assembly Special Session on Children - May 8-10, 2002
Official UNICEF website for the Special Session

- For links to more info on the UN Special Session on Children and to Canada's Action Plan, go to the Children's Rights Links page:


Conference: A Canada Fit For Children: A South Asian Plan of Action
September 13-14, 2004
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
"South Asia Partnership Canada, the Canadian Society for International Health, Planned Parenthood Federation of Canada, the Canadian Teachers’ Federation, the Children and Armed Conflict Working Group of the Canadian Peacebuilding Coordinating Committee, UNICEF Canada and Action Canada for Population and Development invite you to a participatory conference to accelerate the implementation of “A Canada Fit for Children”, Canada’s National Plan of Action in South Asia.
On April 22, 2004, the Canadian Government submitted A Canada Fit For Children, Canada's official response to its commitment for a National Plan of Action for children made at the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Children in May 2002. An important feature of this plan is what Canada will do internationally to help children. This participatory conference will focus on South Asia, where there is the greatest concentration of people - and children - in poverty."

Conference Program
Online Registration

Subscribe to Children's Issues in South Asia On-Line Discussion
20 Aug 2004
"The Canada Fit for Children (CFC) list-server starting on August 23, 2004, is an advance discussion for conference participants and those who cannot attend in Canada and in South Asia.
(...)Once you subscribe, you will then be able to post and receive messages from like-minded colleagues from South Asia, Canada and other parts of the world. The dialogue will be moderated and compiled for presentation to the conference plenary in September."

South Asia Partnership Canada
"South Asia Partnership Canada serves as a forum of Canadian organizations that, together and with South Asian partners, works for sustainable human development in the region. SAP Canada works on three major themes: Peace and Security, Governance and Democracy, and Sustainable Livelihoods."


Social Policy and the Life-Course Perspective
2004 Queen's International Institute on Social Policy
August 23-25, 2004
"Once again, the Policy Research Initiative is joining the QIISP in the presentation of an annual summer institute, bringing together senior officials and policy-makers to review recent research findings and to discuss major directions in social policy. Organized by the Queen's University School of Policy Study, in partnership with the PRI and Social Development Canada, the primary objective of the QIISP is knowledge transfer. This year's program will emphasize the need to take a life-course perspective in the analysis of social exclusion, work-family balance, and other social policy issues."
Participation in the Institute is by invitation only.
Upcoming Events
[ Policy Research Initiative ]

Related Links:

Queen's International Institute on Social Policy
Social Policy and the Life Course Perspective

23-25 August 2004

School of Policy Studies
[ Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario) ]


Promoting Resilient Development in Children Receiving Care :
6th International Looking After Children Conference
and 5th National Child Welfare Symposium

August 16–19, 2004
Ottawa, Canada
[ version française : Promouvoir le développement et la résilience chez les enfants recevant des services d'aide à l'enfance ]
Bilingual conference, includes both the 6th International Conference of the Looking After Children initiative and the 5th National Child Welfare Symposium

"The Promoting Resilient Development in Children Receiving Care conference will provide an opportunity to take stock of the accomplishments of the Looking After Children initiative and to explore how its multiple links with the burgeoning areas of resilience theory and research may be strengthened through assessment, intervention and outcome monitoring. (...) The Centre of Excellence for Child Welfare and the Child Welfare League of Canada have developed a series of National Child Welfare Symposia to contribute to the development of research and practice with children and families and to the transfer of knowledge among Canadian stakeholders. (...) It will bring together researchers, practitioners, out-of-home care providers, youth in care and policy makers to explore strategies for promoting resilience among children and youth involved in child welfare."

Introduction - includes a description of the International Looking After Children Initiative and the Canadian National Child Welfare Symposia
Program - incl. schedule and speakers (more info will be added to this section in April)

Child Welfare League of Canada

[ Ligue pour le bien-être de l’enfance du Canada ]


Facing Current Realities: New Knowledge in the Canadian Voluntary Sector
2004 Community of Inquiry [COI] Symposium
(Third national symposium)
July 9th & 10th, 2004
Ryerson University, Toronto
"The COI Symposium is a national network of practitioners, consultants and academics committed to strengthening research capacities in the voluntary sector and sharing knowledge in a climate of mutual interdependence and inclusiveness. The COI currently has close to 300 members from voluntary organizations, academic institutions, all levels of government, independent think tanks, and private consultants.
The COI Symposium is an opportunity to bring together individuals with an interest in voluntary sector issues to share and learn from a variety of experiences and disciplines. Held over two days, the COI Symposium will showcase 15 panel papers disseminating new knowledge in the Canadian voluntary sector. These panel papers are grouped into six themes: Financial Resources Issues in the Voluntary Sector - Human Resources Issues in the Voluntary Sector - Building Sector Capacity - Partnership and Collaboration Strategies - Diversity and Values - Evaluation and Performance Assessment - Overcoming Barriers and Seizing Opportunities
Program of Events

Hosted by:
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Community of Inquiry (COI)
[ Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Network ]
Co-sponsored by:
Centre for Voluntary Sector Research and Development
Canadian Centre for Philanthropy

Contesting Citizenship and Civil Society in a Divided World"
ISTR Sixth International Conference

Ryerson University and York University
Toronto, Canada
July 11-14, 2004
- exchange of ideas and research findings about Civil Society, philanthropy, and the Third Sector
International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR)
"...a major international association promoting research and education in the fields of philanthropy, civil society and the nonprofit sector. ISTR reflects the growing worldwide interest in Third Sector research and provides a permanent forum for international research, while at the same time building a global scholarly community in this field."

- Go to the Canadian Social Research Links Voluntary Sector Links page


2004 Western Premiers' Conference
July 7-9, 2004
Inuvik, Northwest Territories
* 2005 Western Premiers' Conference
(July 9, 2004)
(July 9, 2004)
* Securities
(July 9, 2004)
* Strengthening the Federation
(July 9, 2004)
* Energy
(July 9, 2004)
* An Open Letter to the Prime Minister
(July 8, 2004)
* News Release
(July 8, 2004)
* Western Premiers' Conference website


Adequate & Affordable Housing for All
Research, Policy, Practice

An international conference held under the auspices of
Housing and the Built Environment, Research Committee 43, of the International Sociological Association
June 24-27, 2004
"The Centre for Urban and Community Studies is pleased to host the 2004 international housing research conference under the auspices of Housing and the Built Environment, Research Committee 43 of the International Sociological Association."
- follow the links in the right-hand column of the conference home page (the link above) to find the following info: Conference Theme -
Auspices: ISA RC43 - Organizing Committee - Call for Papers - Conference Program - Housing Practice Field Workshops - Deadlines (Key Dates) - Registration & Fees - Delegates, Abstracts, Papers - Tours and Social Program - Accommodation - About Toronto - About Canada - Housing Issues in Toronto - Housing Information Gateway - ENHR Housing Conference July 2004
Centre for Urban and Community Studies
[ University of Toronto ]

Related Link:
International Sociological Association


Building a Comprehensive Early Childhood Development System - Conference
May 25, 2004
Quebec City
This conference, organized by the Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development, in collaboration with the Society for Prevention Research, is intended for policy and service planners, and child development researchers. It will offer an opportunity to hear from experts such as Fraser Mustard (The Founders Network), Sheila Kamerman (Columbia University), Philip Merrigan (University of Quebec at Montreal), and John Godfrey (Canadian Member of Parliament), on the biological, psychological and economic importance of early childhood development. International examples of comprehensive Early Childhood Development initiatives will be presented. The conference will also allow discussions on the best ways to implement comprehensive ECD systems in Canada."
- incl. links to the program and online registration form, and contact information

Preliminary Program (PDF file - 177K, 4 pages)

Centre of Excellence for Early Child Development - University of Montreal


Interaction 2004: Conflict Resolution Network Canada’s 8th Biennial Conference
June 2-5, 2004
Kitchener, Ontario
"Our vision for is to provide an exhilarating learning opportunity for those across Canada who care about the peaceful resolution of conflict and who aspire to achieve excellence in conflict resolution practice. With a diversity of authors, practitioners, experts, artists and members of the public, Interaction 2004 will focus on the discovery - or rediscovery - of what lies at the 'core' of conflict resolution: the principles, world views, foundational skills and understandings that underpin this important work."
Conflict Resolution Network Canada
Our Vision is a society where all citizens are engaged in building safe and healthy families, workplaces and communities. (...) As Canada's largest broad-based conflict resolution organization, we encourage conflict resolution in * Schools * Workplaces * Communities * Criminal Justice Settings * Environment * Media * Government * International Settings."


Welfare-toWork: The Next Generation
A National Forum
UPDATE - February 2, 2004
Profiles, Papers and Presentations (abstracts / Powerpoint presentations / complete papers)
- links to 40+ papers and presentations from the Welfare to Work Forum are now available for download - includes keynote speeches, transcripts of sessions, powerpoint presentations and more.
Welfare to Work: The Next Generation
A National Forum
November 16 – 18, 2003
Source : Community Services Council of Newfoundland and Labrador


First Ministers' Meeting
January 30, 2004

Martin gives provinces $2 billion for health care, but no long-term guarantees
Canadian Press
January 30, 2004
"OTTAWA (CP) - Prime Minister Paul Martin agreed Friday to give the provinces $2 billion in new health-care cash, but dashed premiers' hopes of getting a promise to increase Ottawa's share of health funding over the long term."

Google Canada News Search Results: "first ministers meeting, Canada" - links to relevant media coverage of the event


Ministers agree that immigration is key to Canada's future :
Federal-Provincial-Territorial Meeting of Ministers responsible for Immigration
Victoria, British Columbia - January 21-22, 2004

"Victoria, January 22, 2004 -- Federal, provincial and territorial ministers responsible for immigration reaffirmed today the importance of attracting skilled and knowledgeable immigrants to address Canada’s demographic changes and labour market needs."
Canadian Intergovernmental
Conference Secretariat

Related Links (Citizenship and Immigration Canada)
- links to 10 files with related content, including information about federal-provincial-territorial agreements on immigration, the 2001 census and various statistics concerning immigration.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada: Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Immigration in Victoria on January 21 and 22
Media Advisory
January 16, 2004
"The federal, provincial and territorial ministers responsible for immigration will meet in Victoria on January 21-22, 2004. The ministers will address many issues of mutual interest, including strategies that could facilitate greater regional distribution of the benefits of immigration."

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

NOTE: for links to information about the World Economic Forum and the World Social Forum, both of which took place in the latter part of January 2004, go to the Canadian Social Research Links Social Research Links in Other Countries (Non-Government) page

Exploring the Promise of Asset-Based Social Policies:
Reviewing Evidence from Research and Practice
Conference on Asset-Based Approaches
December 8-9, 2003
Gatineau (Aylmer), Québec
"This conference is part of an interdepartmental research project entitled New Approaches for Addressing Poverty and Exclusion. It will provide a unique opportunity for policymakers and experts to examine what we have learned so far from Canadian and international research, policy and practice on the strengths and limitations of asset-based approaches (saving programs for individual development, learning, housing, etc.). The goal will be to stimulate debate and reflection on the potential role of these approaches in our poverty prevention and reduction policies."
Program details
Registration information (small PDF file)
Policy Research Initiative


International Conference
The Opportunity and Challenge of Diversity: A Role for Social Capital?

November 24-25, 2003
"(...)This conference is being organized by the Government of Canada's Policy Research Initiative, jointly with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, and in partnership with several federal departments, to examine the role of social capital in the inclusion of immigrants and members of ethno-cultural communities, and to identify the potential opportunities and challenges that a social capital perspective poses for public policy."
Program and Registration Brochure (PDF file - 462K, 9 pages)
Policy Research Initiative
Related Link:
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development


Welfare to Work: The Next Generation
A National Forum
November 16 – 18, 2003
"[Government] welfare to work strategies raise many critical issues related to assumptions about income support recipients and the labour market, program goals, political and ideological factors, program design, performance, social and economic impacts, labour force skills, and education. (...) In response to these issues, the Community Sector Council of Newfoundland and Labrador hosted a national forum dealing with topics including: innovative and empowering approaches to employment; shifting community and policy cultures; and approaches to the new social economy in Quebec. (...)
The Forum gathered participants from all Canadian provinces and territories, the United States and the United Kingdom who represented federal, provincial and territorial governments, academic and research institutions, community-based and advocacy organizations."

UPDATE - February 2, 2004
Profiles, Papers and Presentations (abstracts / Powerpoint presentations / complete papers)
- links to 40+ papers and presentations from the Welfare to Work Forum are now available for download - includes keynote speeches, transcripts of sessions, powerpoint presentations and more.

[NOTA: Cette conférence est bilingue; la page d'accueil offre une version française du texte ci-dessous]
"This Forum offers an opportunity to examine the range of policy and programs in Canada and internationally, with a view to developing a research and policy agenda that is responsive to economic changes, globalization, labour market shifts, and unforeseen events."
- this forum - limited to 75
participants - is a sequel to major study on welfare to work programs across Canada that was conducted by Dr. Carolyne Gorlick and Guy Brethour.
Go to the home page (above) for links to the following pages : the first announcement about the conference, the call for papers and the preliminary online registration form.
Source : Community Sector Council of Newfoundland and Labrador
Related Link:
Welfare to Work Study
King's College (University of Western Ontario)
Caroline A. Gorlick, Ph.D/Associate Professor, King's College, is the principal investigator of this research project and Guy Brethour is the research associate/coordinator


Provincial-Territorial Meeting of Ministers of Finance
Ottawa, Ontario - October 9, 2003
Strengthening the Equalization Program:
Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Finance Unveil their Common Perspective
"Provincial and territorial Ministers of Finance unveiled today their common perspective to strengthen the Equalization Program. The document was sent to the federal Minister of Finance, John Manley, and will be part of the discussions to be held tomorrow at a federal-provincial-territorial conference of Ministers of Finance on the renewal of Equalization."

Equalization Program (PDF file - 175K, 16 pages)
- discussion paper by provincial-territorial Ministers of Finance
"The Equalization Program is an essential component of fiscal arrangements and its renewal must be completed by April 1st, 2004. The provinces and territories are unanimous in their view that the Equalization Program needs to be strengthened to fulfill its constitutional mandate and action is required to reverse the trend of growing inadequacy of the program. Provincial and territorial Ministers of Finance have jointly identified proposals to strengthen the Equalization Program."
Source : Canadian Intergovernmental Conference Secretariat

Related Links:

Media coverage of the federal-provincial-territorial meeting of Ministers of Finance (October 10, 2003)

Ottawa softens stance with provincial finance ministers
The Globe and Mail, Canada (October 10, 2003)

Bank on funding, Manley tells provinces
Montreal Gazette, Canada - 11 Oct 2003


22nd Annual Federal-Provincial-Territorial Meeting of Ministers responsible for the Status of Women
Edmonton, Alberta
September 24-26, 2003
News Release
"(...) At this federal-provincial-territorial meeting, Ministers discussed women’s issues addressed within CEDAW (the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women) and recognized there is still work to do on the continuing economic inequalities and violence that many women experience, particularly Aboriginal women, and the new challenges facing Canadians such as an aging society and changing labour market."
Source : Canadian Intergovernmental Conference Secretariat


Annual Conference of Federal-Provincial-Territorial Ministers of Health
Halifax, Nova Scotia
News Release
September 4, 2003
"HALIFAX - The federal, provincial and territorial Ministers of Health agreed today to continue to make public health a top priority by improving public health infrastructure and increasing institutional, provincial, territorial and federal capacity that builds on current strengths and successes across the country."
Reports (PDF files):
The Nursing Strategy for Canada
The 2003 Progress Report on Tobacco Control


7th International Child and Youth Care Conference (ICYCC 2003)
August 20-23, 2003
Victoria, British Columbia

Related Link:

Together 2000 (June 6-9, 2000)
"...the millennium conference held in Cleveland, Ohio was a memorable start to the new millennium for child and youth care professionals."


44th Annual Premiers' Conference - "Toward a New Era of Cooperation. "
July 9-11, 2003
Home Government (PEI) News Release
"The five point plan includes:
- Agreement in principle to create a Council of the Federation
- Annual First Ministers’ Meetings
- Provincial/Territorial consultation on federal appointments
- Devolution of powers to the territories
- Establishment of federal provincial territorial protocols of conduct."

Related news releases from the Canadian Intergovernmental Conference Secretariat :

Health care remains Premiers' number one priority (July 11, 2003)
Canada-United States relations (July 11, 2003)
Jobs and the economy (July 11, 2003)
Premiers announce plan to build a new era of constructive and cooperative federalism (July 10, 2003)

Links to Communiques from the 43rd and 44th Annual Premier's Conference (2002, 2003)
Source : Nova Scotia Intergovernmental Affairs


Annual Premiers' Conference Open Letter:
Acting Together for the Benefit of Children

July 9, 2003
To: Provincial/Territorial Premiers
Re: Annual Premiers' Conference: Acting Together for the Benefit of Children
Source : Campaign 2000


11th Canadian Social Welfare Policy Conference
- It's Time to Act!

June 15, 16 and 17, 2003
[version française]
Presented by the University of Ottawa and the Canadian Council on Social Development
"This conference brings university and voluntary sector researchers and advocates together with municipal, provincial and federal policymakers to put ideas into action. This year the role of the voluntary sector in policy-making will be highlighted..."
Registration and Accommodation - download, print, complete and fax the registration form
Preliminary Agenda
- incl. plenary speakers and list of sessions for all three days
- session themes include : Emerging coalitions - First Nations policies - Longitudinal study of families and children - Research on homelessness - Women's organizing in the Ottawa area - Citizen rights - The social inclusion approach - Poverty and spirituality - Population health - Children - Welfare-to-work strategies - Contemporary social services - Evolution of social services - Globalization - Social Development strategies - Transnational context - Economic insecurity - 2003 review of Canada at the Committee on Economic, Social & Cultural Rights -
Policies and Politics of Social Investment - Role of "Spin" in Marketing Public Policy - Community Organizing in the Ottawa-Gatineau Region - Building Effective Partnerships: National Community Research - Child Care - Adolescent sexuality - Homelessness - Neighbourhood social development - Intimate partner violence - Child poverty and social inclusion

Previous conference in this series:

Tenth Biennial Conference on Canadian Social Welfare Policy : 
Wealth, Health and Welfare: Tensions and Passions
- [version française]
June 17-20, 2001
University of Calgary


Sixth Annual Welfare Reform Evaluation Conference
May 28 - 30, 2003
Washington, DC.
"For the past five years, this conference has been a forum for States to learn about the latest findings in evaluations of welfare reform, strategize about ways to incorporate evaluation results into the design and implementation of programs and policies, and develop effective strategies to ensure sound evaluations of welfare reform. (...) new research on a range of topics such as the relationship between marriage and family structure on low-income populations, services for the hard to employ, barriers to employment, assessments of the impacts of welfare reform, as well as methods to measure social policy impact."
- incl. links to : Speakers | State Participants sponsored by ACF | | General Participants | HHS Federal Employees | Agenda | Privacy Information.
For more information, contact:
Brendan Kelly - (202) 401-5600 or

Administration for Children and Families
[Department of Health and Human Services]


Municipal-Federal-Provincial Relations : New Structures / New Connections
May 9 - 10, 2003
Kingston, Ontario
of Intergovernmental Relations
Queen's University
Tel.: (613) 533-2080. Fax: (613) 533-6868
Agenda - includes links to six papers online
Sample paper:
Recent changes in provincial-municipal relations in Ontario : a new era or missed opportunity? (PDF file - 50K, 22 pages)
By David Siegel, Department of Political Science - Brock University
- analysis of the change in provincial-municipal relations and responsibilities in Ontario since the Mike Harris Common Sense Revolution


“More time for family : It’s Everybody’s Business!”
North American Conference on the Family
May 23 to 27, 2003
Longueuil, Québec
[version française]
"...deliberations about the impact of globalization and neoliberalism on family policies "
This conference is organized jointly by:
Carrefour action municipale et famille [website in French only], an organization grouping municipalities involved in family policies and active throughout the Province of Québec, and the World Family Organization (WFO), North American Chapter. The World Family Organization is an international Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) bringing together governments, research institutes and community organizations which purport to help families. The organization has a Category “A” consultative status with the United Nations.


Building a Stronger Future from our Past: A Journey Forward:
4th Annual National Child & Family Services Conference

May 26-29, 2003
Calgary, AB
For more information:
Harvey or Anita - ph: (780) 481-7390, ext. 248; fax: (780) 481-3064


Proceedings of the CCSD Social Inclusion Conference - summaries of conference sessions, presentations and photos
Click on the link above, then select a paper to download in PDF format or (in a few cases) a Powerpoint presentation.
The Pre-Conditions for a Constructive Social Inclusion Research Agenda - by Jean-Pierre Voyer
Recognizing the Political Barriers to a Healthy Inclusive Society: The Case of the Social Determinants of Health - by Dennis Raphael
Social Exclusion - Consequences and Prevention -
by Margaret Dechman
Labour Market Policies for Social Inclusion - by Andrew Jackson

Social Inclusion and Housing - by Sharon Chisholm
Cities and Polarization - by Caroline Andrew
Towards a Common Approach to Thinking about and Measuring Social Inclusion - Cameron Crawford
Social Inclusion Research in Canada: Children and Youth - Louise Hanvey
Social Inclusion of Visible Minorities and Newcomers: The Articulation of "Race" and "Racial" Difference in Canadian Society - Peter S. Li
Indicators and Correlates of Social Exclusion among Manitoba's Aboriginal Working Age Population - by Harvey Stevens

Related Links:

What Do We Know and Where Do We Go? Building a social inclusion research agenda
Research Conference
March 27-28, 2003
"...focus on the latest policy research being done on the social inclusion front and (...) an opportunity to identify the gaps in a national social inclusion research agenda."

Source : Canadian Council on Social Development
Topics included : Social Inclusion and Material Well-Being: Getting Back to Basics - Social Inclusion Research in Canada - Social Inclusion and Material Well-Being:
The Impact of Labour Market Policies - Social Inclusion and Communities at Risk: Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples - Social Inclusion and the Health of Canadians: Where are the Gaps? - Social Inclusion: Building Inclusive Communities


1st National Roundtable on Children with Disabilities
December 9 and 10, 2002 - Ottawa
The National Children’s Alliance is holding a national roundtable on December 9th and 10th, 2002 on the topic of Children with Disabilities. The objective of this participatory event is to link research to practice and to policy using the lens of children with disabilities and their families. The registration fee is $25 and includes all meals. For more information, check the link above or contact Randi Goddard by phone at 613-238-1591 ext. 270 or by e-mail at
Full agenda (PDF file - 31K, 5 pages)
Source : National Children’s Alliance (NCA)

Related Link:

Children with Disabilities and Their Families in Canada (PDF file - 118K, 33 pages)
A discussion paper commissioned by the NCA for the First National Roundtable on Children with Disabilities
Louise Hanvey
November 2002


Canadian Unity, Sovereignty, and Prosperity Conference
Toronto, Ontario
November 30 - December 1, 2002
helping to expand the debate on such issues as the privatization of our essential public services, the selling-out of our natural resources, the expansion of corporate rule or the complete economic and military integration with the United States...(...) Also, there is a growing gap between rich and poor in our country and internationally between rich and poor countries. Why is this happening? (...)"
Organizers expect 2,000+ participants at this conference for the purposes of defining the new National Agenda.
Speakers will include J. Patrick Boyer, Michel Chossudovsky, Murray Dobbin, John F. Godfrey, MP, Hon. Paul T. Hellyer, Wendy R. Holm, Mel Hurtig, Donald Lidstone, Elizabeth May, Linda McQuaig, David Orchard and Jim Stanford.
There will also be six panels : Agriculture and the Biosphere (Chair Hon. Ralph Ferguson, PC) - Canada/U.S. Economic and Military Integration (Chair James George) - Canada's Institutions and Culture (Chair Walter Pitman, OC) - Electoral/Parliamentary Reform (Chair Doris Anderson, CC) - Health Care (Chair Armine Yalnizyan) - Monetary Sovereignty:What is it? And is it important? (Chair Jordan Grant)


Aboriginal Policy Research Conference
Co-sponsored with the University of Western Ontario
November 26-28, 2002 - Ottawa
NOTE: this page contains only a description of the conference.
Click on the conference graphic at the top of the page or the conference textlink to go to a separate page of information about the event...
Source: Indian and Northern Affairs Canada


International Forum for Child Welfare (IFCW)
"The International Forum for Child Welfare (IFCW) is an international nongovernmental organization (INGO) established (1989) in the Canton of Geneva, Switzerland. Its members are national organizations and professional associates that provide direct or indirect service to children worldwide. The IFCW is in consultative status to the United Nations."


Conference on the ISSA Initiative : Strengthening the security in social security
Vancouver, 10 - 12 September 2002

ISSA Initiative : Strengthening the security in social security
- incl. links to : Launching of the ISSA Initiative - Presentation - Advisory Board - Conference on the ISSA Initiative (Vancouver 2002) - Update - Projects underway - Initiative Publications

International Social Security Association


Building Momentum: Putting Social Development at the Centre of the Public Agenda
September 20-21, 2002
"The Coalition of National Voluntary Organizations (NVO), in partnership with Canadian Council on Social Development and United Way Canada, is hosting a conference/workshop in Ottawa in September - Building Momentum: Putting Social Development at the Centre of the Public Agenda."

Conference Agenda (PDF file - 256K, 8 pages).
Coalition of National Voluntary Organizations (Events page)
Canadian Council on Social Development
United Way of Canada/Centraide Canada


9th BIEN International Congress
September 12-14, 2002
International Labour Office
Income Security as a Right
- incl. Income security in Switzerland -
Basic income as a right - Assessing selectivity, including workfare - Electronic income transfers: citizenship credit cards - Calvin, Rousseau and Economic Security - Legitimising basic income politically - Highlights and reflections - BIEN General Assembly
Source : The Basic Income European Network (BIEN)


Johannesburg Summit 2002 - August 26 to September 4, 2002
Official website of the United Nations Secretariat for the Summit
"Johannesburg Summit 2002 – the World Summit on Sustainable Development – will bring together tens of thousands of participants, including heads of State and Government, national delegates and leaders from non-governmental organizations (NGOs), businesses and other major groups to focus the world's attention and direct action toward meeting difficult challenges, including improving people's lives and conserving our natural resources in a world that is growing in population, with ever-increasing demands for food, water, shelter, sanitation, energy, health services and economic security."
- incl. links to : Type 2 Initiatives - Summit Side Events - Accreditation and Registration - Media Logistics and Accreditation - National Activities - Johannesburg Summit 2002 brochure - Other News - PrepCom Calendar (all preparatory meetings).
Source :
United Nations Economic and Social Development
United Nations Sustainable Development

World Summit on Sustainable Development
From August 26 to September 4, thousands of participants at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa will tackle critical environmental, economic and social development issues.
Feature article on the Summit - includes 7 links to related pages
Source :
Foreign Affairs and International Trade

For more Johannesburg Summit 2002 Links, go to the Canadian Social Research Links Government Social Research Links in Other Countries page


Response to Conference Board of Canada Report on Vertical Fiscal Imbalance
August 20, 2002
Source : Department of Finance Canada
"The provincial and territorial Ministers of Finance commissioned the Conference Board of Canada to produce 20-year fiscal projections for the federal government and the aggregate of the provinces and territories. The resulting report shows large and growing federal surpluses over the next two decades while the provincial-territorial sector records small deficits. The report thus concludes that a vertical fiscal imbalance exists in Canada. (...) Interestingly, the new report’s methodology and results are inconsistent with a previous Conference Board report - published in October 2001 - that projected that the provinces would record surpluses over the next 20 years under reasonable assumptions."

Related Links:

Fiscal Prospects for the Federal and Provincial-Territorial Governments (July 2002, PDF file - 299K, 57 pages)

The Future Cost of Health Care in Canada, 2000 to 2020 - Balancing Affordability and Sustainability
(October 2001, PDF file - 562K, 84 pages)
Source : Conference Board of Canada

Premiers' Conference reports


Cities and Globalization : Communities in a Changing World
Couchiching 71st Annual Summer Conference 2002
August 8–11
Orillia, Ontario
" In Canada, vibrant urban regions depend on more than municipal taxes to provide the infrastructure to support their vital contribution to national life; and yet electoral realities bias senior levels of government against the needs of cities. How are successful communities turning globalization to their advantage and mitigating its destructive effects?"

- incl. links to : An Introduction to the 2002 Conference - Speakers and Moderators - Scholarships - Conference Items for Sale - How to Get to the Conference - Secure Online Registration - Conference PDF
Source : Couchiching Online - The Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs


Canadian Fiscal Arrangements : What Works, What Might Work Better
May 16-17, 2002
"This conference is intended to foster a greater understanding of Canadian fiscal arrangements, as well as to provide an opportunity for public finance officials, academics, and other interested parties to contribute to the debate on the future of fiscal arrangements."
Presentations - presenters include : Keith Banting - Joe Ruggeri - Robin Boadway - Hon. Greg Selinger (Minister of Finance of Manitoba) - Alain Noël - Paul Boothe - Kathy Brock - Ron Neumann - James P. Feehan Elizabeth Beale
Source : Manitoba Finance and the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations (Queen's University)


Second World Assembly on Ageing : Building a Society for All Ages
Madrid, Spain
April 8-12, 2002

Second World Assembly - United Nations website
Second World Assembly - from the U.N. Division for Social Policy and Development


Fifth National Metropolis Conference
Ottawa - October 16 - 20, 2001
The Metropolis Project Team is organizing the Fifth National Metropolis Conference to be held in Ottawa from October 16 to 20, 2001 during Citizenship Week 2001. This will be an important opportunity for intensive discussions among researchers and policy officials, representatives of the public and voluntary sectors. Important policy concerns will be identified and research issues around them explored in an effort to define key elements in the development of Metropolis' pan-Canadian and international research agendas in the years to come. The Conference will also provide researchers with an opportunity to pursue collaborative research initiatives and to showcase their work to a broad policy and practitioner audience.
Source : The Metropolis Project - An international forum for research and policy on migration, diversity and changing cities


Tenth Biennial Conference on Canadian Social Welfare Policy :
Wealth, Health and Welfare: Tensions and Passions
- [version française]
June 17-20, 2001
University of Calgary
Visit the official conference website for everything you need to know...
- includes : Plans - Theme  - Conference at a Glance - Speakers - Conference Venue - Registration Information and Form - Exhibition Spaces - Accommodation - Transportation 

Related Link :
Call for Papers and Workshops
Wealth, Health and Welfare : Tensions and Passions
Tenth Biennial Conference on Canadian Social Welfare Policy
(From the website of the Canadian Council on Social Development)


Social Summit +5
24th special session of the United Nations General Assembly
Geneva, 26 June - 1 July 2000

World Bank Conference on Social Capital and Poverty Reduction
Washington, D.C. (World Bank Headquarters)
June 22-24, 1999

Beijing +5 Review
Gender Equality, Development and Peace for the 21st Century
New York
5-9 June 2000



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