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[ Page 1 : Agriculture and Agri-Food to Environment ]
[Page 2 - Finance ]
[ Page 3 - Fisheries to Veterans Affairs ]

Updated June 13, 2017


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The Federal Government section of Canad
ian Social Research Links comprises several separate pages of links : 
- Federal Government Links - sites of general interest (to social researchers), e.g., government information or research sites; also includes links to directories of federal programs and services for specific target groups like youth and seniors 
- Canada's Economic Action Plan - including links to federal government annual reports and analysis/critique of federal budgets since 2009 from various sources.
- Federal Departments and Agencies (three pages) - links to the websites of almost two dozen federal departments and agencies involved with social programs (includes links to selected content on each of those sites) 

*** Page 1 - Agriculture and Agri-Food to Environment

*** Page 2 - Finance
*** Page 3 - Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs

- Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) - info about Old Age Security, the Canada Pension Plan, Employment Insurance and other social programs - and where I worked... 
- Health Links - Canada/International - info about Health Canada and related stuff from the U.S. and elsewhere in the world
- Employment Insurance in Canada - selected reports and other related links

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http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ei.htm

 
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NEW

Child Care in Canada: The Federal Role
By Julie Cool
Political and Social Affairs Division, Parliamentary Library
Revised 16 April 2007
HTML version : https://lop.parl.ca/content/lop/ResearchPublications/prb0420-e.htm
PDF version (97 Kb, 12 pages) : https://lop.parl.ca/content/lop/ResearchPublications/prb0420-e.pdf

Source:
Library of Parliament
https://lop.parl.ca/

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Flexible child care deal today might mean national program tomorrow: Duclos
http://www.vancouversun.com/news/national/ottawa+sign+child+care+deal+with+provinces/13442600/story.html
June 12, 2017
The new child-care deal the Liberal government has signed with most provinces might not be a universal program, but Families Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said it could make way for one later down the road.

Related links:

Multilateral Early Learning and Child Care Framework
https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/early-learning-child-care/reports/2017-multilateral-framework.html
(...)
Early learning and child care needs across the country are vast and diverse. Investments in early learning and child care benefit all children, particularly those who are vulnerable. In support of this Framework, the Government of Canada commits that the annual allocation until 2027 and 2028 will be no less than the allocation of 2017 and 2018.

Child and family benefits
https://www.canada.ca/en/services/taxes/child-and-family-benefits.html
- includes links to : Benefit programs - eligibility - application instructions - payment dates.

Child and family benefits calculator
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/bnfts/clcltr/cfbc-eng.html
Use this calculator to see what child and family benefits are payable to eligible households of different sizes.

Archived - National Child Benefit: Programs
https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/child-benefit/provincial-programs.html

New Committee items
posted on the parliamentary website:

From Public Accounts (PACP) Committee:
[ http://www.parl.gc.ca/committeebusiness/CommitteeHome.aspx?Cmte=PACP ]

* IMPROVEMENTS NEEDED TO ENSURE THAT HEALTHY FOODS ARE ACCESSIBLE AND AFFORDABLE FOR NORTHERNERS
http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=7928007&Language=e&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=2
News Release
May 6, 2015

* VETERANS AFFAIRS CANADA NEEDS TO ENSURE VETERANS HAVE TIMELY ACCESS TO MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT
http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=7922487&Language=e&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=2
News Release
May 6, 2015

* VETERANS AFFAIRS CANADA NEEDS TO ENSURE VETERANS HAVE TIMELY ACCESS TO MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT
Report:
http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/HOC/Committee/412/PACP/Reports/RP7922140/412_PACP_Rpt15_PDF/412_PACP_Rpt15-e.pdf
May 2015

* REPORT : CHAPTER 3, MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR VETERANS,
OF THE FALL 2014 REPORT *(see below)
OF THE AUDITOR GENERAL OF CANADA (PDF - 467KB, 26 pages)
http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/HOC/Committee/412/PACP/Reports/RP7922140/412_PACP_Rpt15_PDF/412_PACP_Rpt15-e.pdf

* REPORT: CHAPTER 6, NUTRITION NORTH CANADA —ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS AND NORTHERN
DEVELOPMENT CANADA, OF THE FALL 2014 REPORT
*(see below), OF THE AUDITOR GENERAL OF CANADA
(PDF - 530KB, 24 pages)
http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/HOC/Committee/412/PACP/Reports/RP7928002/412_PACP_Rpt16_PDF/412_PACP_Rpt16_PDF-e.pdf
May 2015

* 2014 Fall Report of the Auditor General of Canada
http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/parl_oag_201411_e_39950.html

Auditor General of Canada
http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/index.htm

From the
Office of the Auditor General of Canada:

[ http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/ ]

2015 Spring Reports of the Auditor General of Canada:
Auditor General calls for prompt action to prevent today’s issues from becoming tomorrow’s problems
http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/mr_20150428_e_40482.html
News Release
April 28, 2015—In his Spring 2015 Reports tabled today in Parliament, Auditor General of Canada Michael Ferguson presents the results of seven audits completed by his Office since last fall.

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From
Finance Canada:

[ http://www.fin.gc.ca/ ]

Minister of State (Finance) Responds to the Tabling of the Spring Report of the Auditor General of Canada
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n15/15-048-eng.asp
April 28, 2015
Following the tabling of the 2015 Spring report from the Office of the Auditor General of Canada, Minister of State (Finance) Kevin Sorenson made the following statement : “I am pleased that the Auditor General concluded that the Government has appropriate practices to analyze proposed tax expenditures, monitor existing ones, and share information with the Canada Revenue Agency. The Auditor General has stated that ‘Finance Canada does a good job of analyzing new tax measures and monitoring existing ones.’ The Government monitors and evaluates tax expenditures on an ongoing basis to ensure that they meet their objectives effectively.

“The Government provides extensive information to both parliamentarians and Canadians through its annual Tax Expenditures and Evaluations report and its companion reference document, Tax Expenditures: Notes to the Estimates/Projections."

Tax Expenditures and Evaluations
http://www.fin.gc.ca/taxexp-depfisc/2010/taxexp1004-eng.asp

Tax Expenditures: Notes to the Estimates/Projections
http://www.fin.gc.ca/taxexp-depfisc/2010/taxexp1004-eng.asp
This document sets out the approach used in developing the estimates and projections contained in the main report. It also provides a description and presents the objective of each tax expenditure.

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From
CBC News:
[ http://www.cbc.ca/news/ ]

Auditor General Spring 2015 Report
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/topic/Tag/Auditor%20general%202015%20report
[Click the link above to access any of the articles below.]
* Auditor general finds major problems in First Nations health care
* Highlights of the auditor general's 2015 spring report : http://goo.gl/YyEUQc
* Antibiotic resistance
* Auditor general sees failure to fight drug-resistant infections
* Ex-military ombudsman's conduct 'inappropriate'
* Child fitness tax credit report kept hidden

Earlier AGO reports - this link will take you further down on the page you're presently reading

New from the
Government of Canada:

New on the Parliament of Canada website:
--- Pre-Budget Consultations 2014 - November 28
--- Bill C-43, Economic Action Plan 2014 Act, No. 2
--- Meeting needs for key statistical data
[Statistics Canada) - November 2014
--- Departmental Action Plans and Progress Reports

Pre-Budget Consultations 2014
http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=6615327&Language=e&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=2
- links to submissions to the 2014 budget consultations by several hundred groups and individuals, from ABC Life Literacy Canada to YWCA Canada.

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Government of Canada
Bill C-43, Economic Action Plan 2014 Act, No. 2
http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=6761910&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=2
- links to submissions about Bill C-43 by 30 groups and individuals

What does Bill C-43 do?*
Sections 172 and 173 of Bill C-43 propose to amend the “national standard” for the Canada Social Transfer (CST) contained in the Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act. The transfer is directed at helping fund provincial social programs including social assistance. The national standard is a condition for the CST - provinces cannot impose a minimum period of residency to restrict eligibility for social assistance benefits, without incurring a loss of all or part of their CST. The proposed amendment will allow provinces to impose minimum residency requirements on certain groups of immigrants, refugee claimants and people without regularized status to limit their eligibility for social assistance, without losing any CST funding. The amendment impacts certain groups of people based solely on their immigration status.

* Source: Submission by the Income Security Advocacy Centre to the Committee
http://www.incomesecurity.org/documents/C-43SenateCommitteePresentationNov62014.pdf
November 6, 2014

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Report of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts

Chapter 8, Meeting needs for key statistical data : Statistics Canada
http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=6778524&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=2&File=9
Table of Contents:
Mandate
Introduction
Quality Framework:
A. Accuracy
B. Timeliness
C. Accessibility
D. Coherence
E. Relevance
F. Interpretability
Efficient Use of Resources
Identification and Implementation of Priorities
Progress Report
Conclusion
Appendix A : List of Witnesses
Request for a Government Response

Source:
Spring 2014 Report of the Auditor General of Canada

http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/parl_oag_201405_e_39319.html
Report of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts
David Christopherson
Chair
November 2014
41st Parliament, Second session

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The federal government's response to
Chapter 8, Meeting Needs for Key Statistical Data - Statistics Canada:

Management Response and Action Plan (MRAP)
http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/HOC/Committee/412/PACP/WebDoc/WD6272639/Action_Plans/43-StatsCan-ch8-e.htm
Action Plan received from Statistics Canada.

NOTE:
"Meeting needs for key statistical data" (the 3rd link above) includes recommendations.
The MRAP link immediately above is where you'll find Statistics Canada's response to each of those recommendations.

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Departmental Action Plans and Progress Reports
http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=6272639&Language=e&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=2

Source:
Parliament of Canada website
http://www.parl.gc.ca/

May 2014

From the
Clerk of the Privy Council:

http://www.clerk.gc.ca/eng/index.asp

Federal Public Service Renewal

Destination 2020
HTML version :
http://www.clerk.gc.ca/eng/feature.asp?pageId=378
PDF version (6.9MB, 48 pages) : http://www.clerk.gc.ca/local_grfx/d2020/Destination2020-eng.pdf
May 2014
(...)
Destination 2020 highlights some of the impressive ideas public servants have generated to date through the
Blueprint 2020 process
:
[ http://www.clerk.gc.ca/eng/feature.asp?pageId=349 ].

Table of contents:

Foreword: Message from the Prime Minister
Message from the Clerk of the Privy Council
Building Canada's Public Service Together
Five Priority Areas for Action
Innovative Practices and Networking
Processes and Empowerment
Technology
People Management
Fundamentals of Public Service
The Way Forward
Want to Hear More? Read On!
Improving Service to Canadians
Change Management
Mentorship Matters: Building Supportive Relationships
Engaging Public Servants from Coast to Coast to Coast
External Outreach

Related link:

Twenty-First Annual Report to the Prime Minister on the Public Service of Canada
HTML version :
http://www.clerk.gc.ca/eng/feature.asp?pageId=371
PDF version (11MB) : http://www.clerk.gc.ca/local_grfx/docs/rpt/rpt2014-eng.pdf
May 2, 2014
(...)
In June 2013, I [Clerk of the Privy Council] launched Blueprint 2020, engaging directly with public servants in an unprecedented variety of ways across Canada and around the world—complementing traditional town hall gatherings with more modern social media technologies to hear from public servants.

Source:
Clerk of the Privy Council
http://www.clerk.gc.ca/eng/index.asp

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From cpsrenewal:

Unsolicited Thoughts on Destination 2020
http://www.cpsrenewal.ca/2014/05/unsolicited-thoughts-on-destination-2020.html
By Nicholas Charney
May 16, 2014
(...)
There are hundreds of briefing notes and decks being written across the public service as your read this that are using the Clerk's report as leverage. A quotation from the report on the front page, a photo of the Clerk and another quotation on the back. If an initiative can be tied to any of the report's pillars, it will be. This is to be expected. After all a Clerk's report is never about the actual report — it's about what we all do with it.

[Nicholas Charney is "...a public servant, blogger, speaker, digital citizen, father and husband."
He has been a journeyman public servant since 2007, and he is founder of CPSRenewal.]

Source:
cpsrenewal
(Canadian Public Service Renewal)
http://www.cpsrenewal.ca/

Related link:

Scheming Virtuously:
A Handbook for Public Servants
(PDF - 12.3MB, 24 pages)
http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/15190944/schemingvirtuously.pdf
By Nicholas Charney
PDF file dated July 2011
"...the handbook is a collection of practical tactics that will help public servants foster a more collaborative and innovative public service culture while upholding core public service values."

 

NEW



Federal Budget Information
:
===> Go to the Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets.htm


NOTE REGARDING LINKS TO FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WEBSITE CONTENT
(February 6, 2009)
Federal government websites are presently being updated to implement the
"Common Look and Feel Standards for the Internet (CLF 2.0)."
You'll find many broken links on this site to content (reports, news releases, etc.) from federal govt. sites.
Until I can update the federal content links on this site, p
lease use the search engine of the relevant department or Google.ca's search engine to find the new location of the content .
[ more info on "CLF 2.0" (Actually, it's more rant than info...) ]

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How to find "old" content
that's been deleted from federal government websites:
If you click on a link to a report on a federal government website and the next page is an error page, use your browser's Back button to return to the page where you clicked the broken link. Then, select (highlight) the title of the report and use Google.ca or the departmental search engine (if one is provided on the error page). If your search is unsuccessful, you can send an email message to the "Contact Us" link for the Department to request an electronic version of the report, or you can use the federal government's own web archive (the link immediately below) to peruse old versions of its websites where you can still find that old content, although the archive does have its limitations, including the fact that it goes back only to the end of 2005. As a complement to the federal website archive, I recommend The Wayback Machine, whose link also appears below. It's a broader Internet archiving initiative where you can find links to old federal govt. website content going back to 1996, but it's also a hit-and-miss affair, from my experience.

Government of Canada Web Archive
Since the Fall of 2007, Library and Archives Canada has been harvesting the web domain of the Federal Government of Canada (starting in December 2005).Client access to the content of the Government of Canada Web Archive is provided through searching by keyword, by department name, and by URL. At the time of its launch in Fall 2007, approximately 100 million digital objects (over 4 terabytes) of archived Federal Government website data were made accessible via the LAC website. The GC WA currently contains over 170 million digital objects and more than 7 terabytes of data.
Source:
Library and Archives Canada

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The Wayback Machine
Located in San Francisco, the Internet Archive ("Wayback Machine") was founded in 1996 as a non-profit that to build an Internet library, with the purpose of offering permanent access for researchers, historians, and scholars to historical collections that exist in digital format.
- direct link to the search box and the links collections

* How The Wayback Machine can help you beat 404 fury
- a practical example using a Govt. of Ontario report that had disappeared from the provincial govt. website


Federal Government Departments and Agencies involved with social programs

This file was getting too large, so I created two smaller files by arbitrarily splitting the original page into two. The complete list of federal departments involved with social programs (a personal selection...) appears below, but you'll have to click over to the other page to see content from departments whose names don't have a blue hyperlink.

All of the links in this box will take you further down this page. You can select a department by clicking on its name below, or you can scroll down the page to see all of them.

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada - Auditor-General's Office - Canada Border Services Agency - Canada Revenue Agency - Canadian Transportation Agency - Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation - Canadian Heritage - Canadian International Development Agency - Citizenship and Immigration Canada - Canada International - Environment Canada - Finance Canada

- Go to the second page of federal government department links for these departments:
- Fisheries and Oceans - Foreign Affairs and International Trade - Parliamentary Internet (House of Commons, Senate) - Indian and Northern Affairs Canada - Industry Canada - Justice - National Crime Prevention Centre - Prime Minister's Office -  Privy Council Office- Statistics Canada - Status of Women - Supreme Court - Treasury Board Secretariat -Veterans Affairs Canada

- Go to Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) Links --- separate page



 

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
(Formerly Indian Affairs and Northern Development)

NOTE: most of the content from this Department's website can be found on the First Nations Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/1stbkmrk.htm



 

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) provides information, research and technology, and policies and programs to achieve security of the food system, health of the environment and innovation for growth.

Browse Subjects A-Z

Publications

Canada's Fifth Progress Report on Food Security:
In Response to the World Food Summit Plan of Action

Complete report (PDF - 117K, 30 pages)
Executive Summary

Canada's Action Plan for Food Security (PDF file - 8.5MB, 60 pages)
1998
Executive Summary

Related link:

World Food Summit Plan of Action
 

Auditor-General of Canada

Reports and Publications
- incl. links to : Latest Audit Reports - Reports to Parliament - Reports to Northern Legislative Assemblies - Other Audits - Audit Methodology

Reports to Parliament by Topic:
(selected topics below - click the link above to access all topics)
* Human Rights
* Income Security
* Housing

NOTE: you can also view all reports of the Auditor General by Federal Institution or by Year (back to 1981)

Media Centre
- incl. links to : News Releases - Media Statements - Statements to House of Commons Committees - Statements to Senate Committees - Statements to Territorial Legislative Assembly Committees - Speeches

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Selected reports:

November 25, 2014

From the
Auditor General of Canada:
http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/

2014 Fall Report of the Auditor General of Canada
http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/parl_oag_201411_e_39950.html
November 25, 2014

Table of contents:
Chapter 1 : Responding to the Onset of International Humanitarian Crises
Chapter 2 : Support for Combatting Transnational Crime
Chapter 3 : Mental Health Services for Veterans
Chapter 4 : Providing Relocation Services
Chapter 5 : Support to the Automotive Sector
Chapter 6 : Nutrition North Canada—Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
Chapter 7 : Documentary Heritage of the Government of Canada—Library and Archives Canada
Appendix : Costs of Crown Corporation Audits

News Release:
http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/mr_20141125_e_39999.html
November 25, 2014

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Auditor general's fall 2014 report: Highlights
CBC News Posted: Nov 25, 2014
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/auditor-general-s-fall-2014-report-highlights-1.2849217

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Google NEWS search results for
"2014 Fall Report of the Auditor General of Canada"
http://goo.gl/McQ0mK

Spring 2014 Report of the Auditor General of Canada
http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/parl_oag_201405_e_39319.html
May 6, 2014

Table of contents:
Chapter 1 : Public Sector Pension Plans
Chapter 2 : Procuring Relocation Services
Chapter 3 : Aggressive Tax Planning
Chapter 4 : Expanding the Capacity of Penitentiaries—Correctional Service Canada
Chapter 5 : First Nations Policing Program—Public Safety Canada
Chapter 6 : Transfer Payment Programs—Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
Chapter 7 : Outsourcing Building Management Services—Public Works and Government Services Canada
Chapter 8 : Meeting Needs for Key Statistical Data—Statistics Canada [see below]
Chapter 9 : Special Examinations of Crown Corporations—2013

News Release
http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/mr_20140506_e_39384.html
May 6, 2014

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2014 Spring Report of the Auditor General of Canada:
Chapter 8—Meeting Needs for Key Statistical Data—Statistics Canada
http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/parl_oag_201405_08_e_39339.html
This report presents the results of a performance audit conducted by the Office of the Auditor General of Canada under the authority of the Auditor General Act.

Source:
Office of the Auditor General of Canada
http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/

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Google NEWS search results for
"2014 Spring Report of the Auditor General of Canada"
http://goo.gl/T5VZxs

2013 Fall Report of the Auditor General of Canada - November 25, 2013
http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/parl_oag_201311_e_38780.html
November 25, 2013

Contents:
Chapter 1—Follow-up Audit on Internal Controls Over Financial Reporting
Chapter 2—Access to Online Services
Chapter 3—National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy
Chapter 4—Canada’s Food Recall System
Chapter 5—Preventing Illegal Entry Into Canada
Chapter 6—Emergency Management on Reserves
Chapter 7—Oversight of Rail Safety—Transport Canada
Chapter 8—Disaster Relief for Producers—Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Chapter 9—Offshore Banking—Canada Revenue Agency
Appendices:

Appendix A—Main Points—Fall 2013 Report of the Auditor General of Canada
Appendix B—Main Points—Fall 2013 Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development
Appendix C—Auditor General Act
Appendix D—Reports of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts to the House of Commons, 2012–13
Appendix E—Costs of Crown corporation audits conducted by the Office of the Auditor General of Canada

Source:
Auditor General of Canada

http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/

Auditor General reports for earlier years (back to 1981)
http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/parl_lp_e_925.html

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Related link:

Auditor general’s report: Feds, First Nations not prepared for emergencies:
Audit concludes federal government in a “cycle of reacting to emergencies” on reserves, not focused on mitigation
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2013/11/26/auditor_generals_report_feds_first_nations_not_prepared_for_emergencies.html
November 26, 2013
OTTAWA—Ottawa is not doing enough to manage the federal government’s role in responding to emergencies on First Nations reserves, according to a new report from auditor general Michael Ferguson. In his Fall 2013 report, Ferguson stated that Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada is in “a cycle of reacting to emergencies” rather than what can be done to prevent them.
...
The Fall report points out “significant weaknesses” in Canada’s rail transport system, continuing insecurity at borders, and an inadequate food-safety recall system.

Source:
Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com/

2013 Spring Report of the Auditor General of Canada
http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/parl_oag_201304_e_38212.html
April 30, 2013
Contents:
Message from the Auditor General—Spring 2013
Chapter 1—Status Report on Evaluating the Effectiveness of Programs
Chapter 2—Status Report on Security in Contracting
Chapter 3—Status Report on Collecting Tax Debts—Canada Revenue Agency
Chapter 4—Official Development Assistance through Multilateral Organizations
Chapter 5—Promoting Diabetes Prevention and Control
Chapter 6—Creating a Historical Record of Indian Residential Schools
Chapter 7—Federal Search and Rescue Activities
Chapter 8—Spending on the Public Security and Anti-Terrorism Initiative
Chapter 9—Employment Insurance Overpayments—Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
Chapter 10—Advance Funding—P3 Canada Fund
Chapter 11—Special Examinations of Crown Corporations
Appendix — Main Points of the Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development (Fall 2012)

[ Earlier reports - back to 1981 : http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/parl_lp_e_925.html ]

2012 Fall Report of the Auditor General of Canada
http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/parl_oag_201210_e_37321.html
[Click the link above to access any of the chapters below.]

Contents:

Matters of Special Importance
Chapter 1—Planning the Use of Professional Service Contractors
Chapter 2—Grant and Contribution Program Reforms
Excerpt:
"To date, the federal government has adequately implemented the 2008 Government of Canada Action Plan to Reform the Administration of Grant and Contribution Programs, which is aimed at increasing efficiencies and reducing the administrative burden on recipients. However, neither the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat nor the five organizations we examined have assessed the full impact of implementing the Government Action Plan on either their own administrative processes or the administrative burden on the recipients of their programs."
Chapter 3—Protecting Canadian Critical Infrastructure Against Cyber Threats
Chapter 4—Transition of Ill and Injured Military Personnel to Civilian Life
Chapter 5—Real Property—National Defence
Chapter 6—Transfer Payments to the Aerospace Sector—Industry Canada
Chapter 7—Long-Term Fiscal Sustainability—Finance Canada
Appendices:
Appendix A—Auditor General Act
Appendix B—Reports of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts to the House of Commons, 2011–12
Appendix C—Costs of Crown corporation audits conducted by the Office of the Auditor General of Canada

April 3, 2012
Message from the Auditor General—Spring 2012
http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/parl_oag_201204_00_e_36464.html
[Excerpt]
This report addresses a wide range of issues that illustrate some of the challenges facing government today:
*
ensuring at the border that commercially imported consumer goods identified as potential health and safety risks conform with applicable Canadian laws and regulations;
* acquiring major defence equipment through decisions that commit the government to a course of action well into the future;
* managing Canada’s interest-bearing debt;
* improving compliance with the Income Tax Act among those who are required to file a tax return or to register for GST/HST but who fail to do so; and
* overseeing whether aviation companies are complying with the policies, regulations, and standards required for the safety of civil aviation within Canada’s borders.

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2012 Spring Report of the Auditor General of Canada
http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/parl_oag_201204_e_36455.html
(Click the link above to select a file from the list below.)

Contents:
Message from the Auditor General—Spring 2012
Chapter 1—Border Controls on Commercial Imports
Chapter 2—Replacing Canada’s Fighter Jets
Chapter 3—Interest-Bearing Debt
Chapter 4—Non-Filers and Non-Registrants—Canada Revenue Agency
Chapter 5—Oversight of Civil Aviation—Transport Canada
Chapter 6—Special Examinations of Crown Corporations—2011
Appendix
Report on the audit of the President of the Treasury Board’s Annual Report to Parliament on the Tabling of Crown Corporations’ Reports 2011

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News Releases (April 3, 2012)
http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/mr_lp_e_1455.html
(Click the link above to select one of the six news releases below.)

* Auditor General provides overview of special examinations of Crown corporations for 2011
* F-35 decisions unfolded without a plan to manage unique factors
*
Program working well in general, some improvements recommended
* Weaknesses in surveillance of aviation companies need to be addressed
* Canada’s interest-bearing debt is generally well managed
* Border controls on imports need better monitoring

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Earlier Auditor General reports (back to March 2009):
http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/parl_lp_e_903.html

All Auditor General reports (back to 1981):
http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/parl_lp_e_933.html

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2011 Fall Report of the Auditor General of Canada
November 22, 2011

Matters of Special Importance—2011
Chapter 1—Canada’s Economic Action Plan
Chapter 2—Issuing Visas
Chapter 3—Payments to Producers—Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Chapter 4—Regulating Pharmaceutical Drugs—Health Canada
Chapter 5—Maintaining and Repairing Military Equipment—National Defence
Appendices:

*
Appendix A—Auditor General Act
* Appendix B—Reports of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts to the House of Commons, 2010–11
* Appendix C—Report on the audit of the President of the Treasury Board’s Annual Report to Parliament on the Tabling of Crown Corporations’ Reports 2011
* Appendix D—Costs of Crown corporation audits conducted by the Office of the Auditor General of Canada

News Releases
The following news releases were issued on November 22:
* Improvements made in some support programs, but problems remain
* Successful government programs share some fundamental elements, says Auditor General
* Health Canada struggles with transparency, timeliness
* Monitoring of progress and spending was well-managed in three programs
* National Defence slow to act on opportunities to improve
* Longstanding fundamental weaknesses continue in issuing visas

Earlier reports from the Office of the Auditor General - right back to 1981

Related link:

Auditor general finds 'disturbing' flaws in visa system
Government did 'good job' on tracking stimulus money but National Defence plans questioned

By Meagan Fitzpatrick
November 22, 2011
The auditor general's office is expressing frustration about the way Citizenship and Immigration Canada continues to hand out visas, and is concerned about delays on drug safety at Health Canada and planned spending by National Defence. Overall, the report released Tuesday gives a passing grade to the Conservative government on how it tracked spending for three of the programs under its $47-billion Economic Action Plan introduced in 2009, but said it's not clear how the government is going to determine the effectiveness of one of them
Source:
CBC

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Interim Auditor General’s Opening Statement
2011 Spring and Status Reports Press Conference
June 9, 2011
Good morning. As you can see, I am not Sheila Fraser. My name is John Wiersema, Interim Auditor General of Canada. I served as Sheila’s deputy for the last seven years. I am pleased to present two reports from the Auditor General. Work for these reports was completed under Sheila’s mandate as Auditor General of Canada, which ended May 30th. The two reports were tabled in the House of Commons this morning.

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NOTE: The above statement is a general introduction by Sheila Fraser's interim successor as Auditor General of Canada to the
2011 Spring Report and the 2011 Status Report; below, you'll find links to both of those reports.

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Parliament was poorly informed about G8 and G20 funding
News Release
June 9, 2011
Parliament was never given a consolidated picture of how much funding was requested to host the G8–G20 summits in June 2010, says the Interim Auditor General of Canada, John Wiersema, in a Report tabled today in the House of Commons. Parliament received seven separate funding requests for 14 federal organizations in four submissions. The way the information was presented made it very difficult for parliamentarians to know the total amount of funding being requested for G8–G20 summits.

2011 Spring Report of the Auditor General of Canada
June 9, 2011
Chapter 1—Expenditures for the 2010 G8 and G20 Summits
Chapter 2—G8 Legacy Infrastructure Fund
Chapter 3—Reserve Force Pension Plan—National Defence

[ earlier Auditor General reports to Parliament ]

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Also from the Auditor General of Canada:

2011 June Status Report of the Auditor General of Canada
Matters of Special Importance—2011
Chapter 1—Financial Management and Control and Risk Management
Chapter 2—Large Information Technology Projects
Chapter 3—Internal Audit
Chapter 4—Programs for First Nations on Reserves
Chapter 5—National Police Services—Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Chapter 6—Regulating Medical Devices—Health Canada
Chapter 7—Special Examinations of Crown Corporations—2010
Appendices
* Report on the audit of the President of the Treasury Board’s report, Tabling of Crown Corporations’ Reports in Parliament

All news releases for June 9, 2011:
Click the above link for access to all releases below:

* Funding request and project selection lacked transparency
* RCMP straining to deliver national police services
* A change in approach is needed to improve conditions on reserves
* Financial management has improved across government
* Some key improvements over the decade but longstanding concerns remain
* Department’s overall progress on regulating medical devices is unsatisfactory
* Parliament was poorly informed about G8 and G20 funding
* Poor planning and administration have led to backlogs
* Auditor General provides overview of special examinations of Crown corporations
* Government has significantly improved internal audit

Source:
Auditor General of Canada

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Selected media coverage
(all dated June 9, 2011):

* Ministers didn't follow policies for G8 spending: AG - CBC
* Conservatives misled Parliament over G8 costs: Auditor General
- Toronto Star
* Auditor blasts lack of transparency in doling out generous G8 funds - Globe and Mail
* Canada Auditor General: Parliament Poorly Informed About G8,G20 Costs - Wall Street Journal
* Audit report: Interim auditor-general blasts G8 legacy fund - National Post
* Nine things to know about the A-G’s spring 2011 report - National Post
* Opposition blows gasket as PM jets to Canucks-Bruins game - Globe and Mail

Earlier article about
Sheila Fraser's retirement:

Retiring Fraser urges vigilance over watchdog’s independence
By Daniel Leblanc
May 25, 2011
Sheila Fraser is nipping at the heels of the federal government to the very end, saying her successor must carefully protect the independence of the Office of the Auditor-General and its ability to criticize any misuse of public funds in Ottawa. Prime Minister Stephen Harper is waiting until the fall to appoint the next Auditor-General, but he will face political pressure to choose a watchdog who will match Ms. Fraser’s ability to hammer home critical findings that force the government into action.
[ 874 comments ]
Source:
Globe and Mail

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2010 Spring Report of the Auditor General of Canada
April 20, 2010
Click the link above to access the following chapters:
* Message from the Auditor General—Spring 2010
* Chapter 1—Aging Information Technology Systems
* Chapter 2—Modernizing Human Resource Management
* Chapter 3—Rehabilitating the Parliament Buildings
* Chapter 4—Sustaining Development in the Northwest Territories
* Chapter 5—Scientific Research—Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
* Chapter 6—Special Examinations of Crown Corporations—2009
* Electronic Health Records in Canada—An Overview of Federal and Provincial Audit Reports
Appendix—Report on the audit of the President of the Treasury Board’s report, Tabling of Crown Corporations’ Reports to Parliament

News Releases
Click the link above to access the following news releases, all dated April 20
* More federal action needed to sustain balanced development in NWT
* Government not doing enough to address the aging of IT systems
* Governance arrangements limit progress on rehabilitating the Parliament buildings
* Key legislative changes to human resource management are in place but impacts are still unclear
* Federal and provincial auditors present report on electronic health records
* Auditor General’s Spring 2010 Report tabled in the House of Commons
* Agricultural research is not well managed by department
* Auditor General provides overview of special examinations of Crown corporations for 2009
* Advancing Sustainable Development—Discussion Paper by the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development
* Human Resource Capacity—Government of Nunavut—Departments face long-term challenges to fill their human resource needs

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2009 November Report
of the Auditor General of Canada

Government should fully analyze the practical
challenges of implementing decisions, says Auditor General

News Release
Ottawa, 3 November 2009—When the government designs programs, develops policies, and makes commitments, it should fully analyze the practical challenges of implementing them successfully, says the Auditor General of Canada, Sheila Fraser, in her Report tabled today in the House of Commons.

2009 November Report of the Auditor General of Canada
Table of contents:
* Matters of Special Importance—2009
<=== click for main points from all chapters
This Report addresses a wide range of issues typical of the challenges facing government today:
* coordinating appropriate responses to emergencies, such as pandemics and terrorist attacks;
* selecting foreign workers at a time when industrialized countries are competing to attract qualified labour;
* providing effective international aid;
* supporting the transition to electronic health records;
* increasing First Nations’ control over land management as a critical component of their future well-being;
* buying military vehicles to protect our troops in Afghanistan from improvised explosive devices;
* ensuring that income tax legislation is clear and up to date; and
* knowing whether government programs are achieving their intended results or need to be adjusted.
* Chapter 1—Evaluating the Effectiveness of Programs
* Chapter 2—Selecting Foreign Workers Under the Immigration Program
* Chapter 3—Income Tax Legislation
* Chapter 4—Electronic Health Records
* Chapter 5—Acquiring Military Vehicles for Use in Afghanistan
* Chapter 6—Land Management and Environmental Protection on Reserves
* Chapter 7—Emergency Management—Public Safety Canada
* Chapter 8—Strengthening Aid Effectiveness—Canadian International Development Agency
Appendices

* Appendix A—Auditor General Act
* Appendix B—Reports of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts to the House of Commons, 2008–09
* Appendix C—Report on the audit of the President of the Treasury Board's report Tabling of Crown Corporations Reports in Parliament
* Appendix D—Costs of Crown corporation audits conducted by the Office of the Auditor General of Canada
Source:
Office of the Auditor General of Canada

[ Earlier Auditor General Reports - back to 2006 ]
[ All Auditor General Reports - back to 1981 ]

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2008 December Report of the Auditor General of Canada
February 5, 2009
* Matters of Special Importance—2008
* Chapter 1—A Study of Federal Transfers to Provinces and Territories (See below*)
* Chapter 2—Governance of Small Federal Entities
* Chapter 3—Contracting for Professional Services—Public Works and Government Services Canada
* Chapter 4—Managing Risks to Canada's Plant Resources—Canadian Food Inspection Agency
* Chapter 5—Managing Information Technology Investments—Canada Revenue Agency
* Chapter 6—Use of New Human Resources Authorities—Canada Revenue Agency
* Chapter 7—Economy and Efficiency of Services—Correctional Service Canada
* Chapter 8—Reporting on Health Indicators—Health Canada (See below**)
Appendices
* Appendix A—Auditor General Act
* Appendix B—Reports of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts to the House of Commons, 2007–08
* Appendix C—Report on the audit of the President of the Treasury Board's report, Tabling of Crown Corporations Reports in Parliament
* Appendix D—Costs of Crown corporation audits conducted by the Office of the Auditor General of Canada

News Releases (one per chapter)

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* Chapter 1:
A Study of Federal Transfers to the Provinces and Territories
December 2008
"(...) The federal government uses a number of mechanisms to transfer funds to the provinces and territories for general areas of spending such as health or for specific purposes such as improving infrastructure. In 2006–07, these federal transfers amounted to approximately $50 billion, or just under 23 percent of federal spending. Our study examined the three main mechanisms used by the federal government to transfer funds to the provinces and territories. We also looked at the nature and extent of conditions attached to these transfers."

News Release:
Auditor General’s study sheds light on how
the federal government transfers funds to provinces and territories

(Chapter 1—A Study of Federal Transfers to the Provinces and Territories - December 2008 Report of the Auditor General)
February 5, 2009
Auditor General Sheila Fraser’s Report, tabled today in the House of Commons, contains a study [see the link immediately below] of the three main mechanisms used by the federal government to transfer funds to the provinces and territories. In 2006–07, these transfers amounted to about $50 billion, just under 23 percent of federal spending. They are major sources of funds for services provided to Canadians in areas such as health and post-secondary education.

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**Chapter 8:
Reporting on Health Indicators—Health Canada
In 2000, the Government of Canada and provincial and territorial governments reached an historic agreement on health that set out a vision, principles, and an action plan for health system renewal. The First Ministers' commitments on health also called for improvements in accountability and reporting to Canadians and directed federal, provincial, and territorial health ministers to develop indicators that could be compared across jurisdictions and over time to measure progress on renewal. All jurisdictions later committed to public reporting every two years on a number of health indicators—for example, wait times and patient satisfaction with health services. First Ministers' agreements in 2003 and 2004 further reiterated reporting requirements.

News Release:
Report on health indicators is of limited value to Canadians
(Chapter 8—Reporting on Health Indicators—Health Canada - December 2008 Report of the Auditor General)
February 5, 2009
Health Canada has published health indicator reports as a result of commitments made by First Ministers in 2000, 2003, and 2004, says the Auditor General of Canada, Sheila Fraser, in her Report tabled today in the House of Commons. However, these reports do not meet the broader intent of providing Canadians with information on the progress of health care renewal.

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Source:
Reports to Parliament [ earlier reports in 2008 ] - [ reports for previous years back to 1981 ]
[ Office of the Auditor General of Canada ]

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Related links:

AG says that feds hand out big bucks with no control
February 5, 2009
Ottawa has little control over billions of dollars in federal finances which are regularly transferred to the provinces for specialized programs like housing and transportation, Canada's auditor general said. Sheila Fraser's latest report to Parliament, released Thursday, states that Ottawa uses trusts to funnel money to the provinces, but once the money is sent, the provinces are free to spend it as they see fit.
- incl. links to four related articles.
Source:
CTV News

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2008 May Report of the Auditor General of Canada
May 6, 2008
The latest Report of the Auditor General of Canada was tabled in the House of Commons today.
[NOTE: click the link above to access all of the chapters below; only the intro and chapter 4 (+ news release) are hyperlinked below.]
* A Message from the Auditor General of Canada
* Chapter 1—Management of Fees in Selected Departments and Agencies
* Chapter 2—Support for Overseas Deployments—National Defence
* Chapter 3—Oversight of Air Transportation Safety—Transport Canada
* Chapter 4—First Nations Child and Family Services Program—Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
* Chapter 5—Surveillance of Infectious Diseases—Public Health Agency of Canada
* Chapter 6—Conservation of Federal Official Residences
* Chapter 7—Detention and Removal of Individuals—Canada Border Services Agency
* Chapter 8—Special Examinations of Crown Corporations—An Overview

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October 2007 Report of the Auditor General of Canada
Matters of Special Importance
Chapter 1 — Safeguarding Government Information and Assets in Contracting
Chapter 2 — Management and Control Practices in Three Small Entities
Chapter 3 — Inuvialuit Final Agreement
Chapter 4 — Military Health Care—National Defence
Chapter 5 — Keeping the Border Open and Secure—Canada Border Services Agency
Chapter 6 — Management of the 2006 Census—Statistics Canada
Chapter 7 — Technical Training and Learning—Canada Revenue Agency
NOTE: on the same page as the October 2007 report, you'll also find links to AGO reports released in May and February 2007.

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May 2007 Report of the Auditor General of Canada
NOTE: Below you'll find the titles of all seven chapters, but I've only provided links to chapter 2;
click on the link above for links to all chapters and their corresponding news releases in HTML and PDF format.
- also includes links to the February 2007 Auditor-General's Status Report

Chapter 1. Use of Acquisition and Travel Cards
Chapter 2. Federal Loans and Grants for Post-Secondary Education—Human Resources and Social Development Canada and Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation
(Excerpts)
"The federal government has said that Canada's international competitiveness depends on having an educated and skilled labour force. To improve access to higher education is the main objective of both the Canada Student Loans Program and the Foundation. To this end, HRSDC loaned $1.9 billion to some 350,000 post-secondary students in 2005–06 and awarded 78,500 grants amounting to about $129 million. In 2006 the Foundation awarded about $298 million in Millennium Bursaries to some 100,000 students and over $40 million in Access Bursaries to more than 20,000 students. "
"Financial assistance programs for post-secondary students are managed well"
Chapter 3. Human Resources Management—Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
Chapter 4. Canadian Agricultural Income Stabilization—Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Chapter 5. Managing the Delivery of Legal Services to Government—Department of Justice Canada
Chapter 6. Modernizing the NORAD System in Canada—National Defence
Chapter 7. Management of Forensic Laboratory Services—Royal Canadian Mounted Police

2006 November Report of the Auditor General of Canada
Matters of Special Importance—2006
An Overview of the Federal Government's Expenditure Management System
Chapter 1—Expenditure Management System at the Government Centre
Chapter 2—Expenditure Management System in Departments
Chapter 3—Large Information Technology Projects
Chapter 4—Proper Conduct of Public Business—Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Agencies
Chapter 5—Relocating Members of the Canadian Forces, RCMP, and Federal Public Service
Chapter 6 : Old Age Security - Human Resources and Social Development Canada and Service Canada
"(...)Human Resources and Social Development Canada and Service Canada have improved seniors' access to program benefits by simplifying the application process and by implementing initiatives to increase the take-up of GIS. However, the organizations lack adequate information on these and other aspects of their service to clients, and do not give Parliament a complete picture of program performance.
Chapter 7—Federal Participation in the British Columbia Treaty Process—Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
Chapter 8—Allocating Funds to Regulatory Programs—Health Canada
Chapter 9—Pension and Insurance Administration—Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Chapter 10—Award and Management of a Health Benefits Contract—Public Works and Government Services Canada and Health Canada
Chapter 11—Protection of Public Assets—Office of the Correctional Investigator
Chapter 12—Role of Federally Appointed Board Members—Sustainable Development Technology Canada

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2006 Report of the Auditor General of Canada - May 2006
- go to the link above to download small PDF files for each of the following chapters
NOTE: because of the social program focus of Canadian Social Research Links, the only chapter that's hyperlinked below is Chapter 5, because it deals with First Nations, which is one of the thematic pages of this site
A Message from the Auditor General of Canada
Chapter 1 — Managing Government: Financial Information
Chapter 2 — National Defence—Military Recruiting and Retention
Chapter 3 — National Defence—NATO Flying Training in Canada
Chapter 4 — Canadian Firearms Program
Chapter 5 — Management of Programs for First Nations
Chapter 6 — Management of Voted Grants and Contributions
Chapter 7 — Acquisition of Leased Office Space
Chapter 8 — Canada Revenue Agency—Collection of Tax Debts
Government Decisions Limited Parliament's Control of Public Spending

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)

HOME PAGE
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) ensures the security and prosperity of Canada by managing the access of people and goods to and from Canada.

Canada International (Government of Canada)

Canada International

Social/Income Assistance for Immigrants

Different rules apply depending on whether someone wishes to come to Canada as an immigrant (i.e., permanently), a visitor, a worker (temporarily), a student or a refugee.
Select a link below for more information on eligibility and benefit levels for each program.

Immigrate
If you want to immigrate to Canada, there are a few different ways to apply. You will need to decide which immigration program will work best for you and your family.

Visit
Every year, more than 5million people visit Canada. Depending on where you live, and the reason for your visit, you will need to meet certain entry requirements. In some cases, if you plan to stay in Canada for a certain period of time, you will need a Temporary Resident Visa.

Work temporarily
Every year, over 90,000 foreign workers enter Canada to work temporarily in jobs that help Canadian employers address skill shortages, or as live-in caregivers.
A work permit is needed for most temporary jobs in Canada, though for some positions and business people it is not necessary.

Study
More than 130,000 students come to study in Canada every year and even more come to Canada to learn English or French.

Refugees
Refugees and people needing protection are people in or outside Canada who fear returning to their home country. Groups and individuals can sponsor refugees from abroad who qualify to come to Canada.

Source:
Canada International (Government of Canada)

 
 

Canada Revenue Agency

HOME PAGE

What's new

Site Map

Income Statistics and GST/HST Statistics
*The annual Income Statistics reports use tables of data to create a profile of Canadian taxpayers.
- incl. links to : * Final Statistics - Sample Data * Interim Statistics - Universe Data * Locality code statistics.
* The annual Compendium of GST/HST Statistics provides detailed profiles of goods and services tax/harmonized sales tax (GST/HST) registrants.

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Child and Family Benefits Page
 - Information about the Canada Child Tax Benefit and the National Child Benefit. 

- Also includes information concerning related provincial and territorial programs administered by the Canada Revenue Agency: Alberta Family Employment Tax Credit - BC Family Bonus - New Brunswick Child Tax Benefit - Newfoundland and Labrador Child Benefit - Northwest Territories Child Benefit - Nova Scotia Child Benefit - Nunavut Child Benefit - Saskatchewan Child Benefit - Yukon Child Benefit. 

- From the website of the Canada Revenue Agency - formerly Revenue Canada

Child and Family Benefits Calculator
Calculate how much your family is entitled to receive under the Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB) and related provincial/territorial programs

Canada Child Tax Benefit FAQs : Calculation and payment information

August 27, 2013
Harper Government Providing Families With Back-to-School Tax Relief
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n13/13-107-eng.asp
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, and the Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, Minister of National Revenue, marked the start of the back-to-school season by highlighting tax relief that is helping Canadian families save more of their hard-earned money.
(...)
Examples of this tax relief include:
* Children’s Fitness Tax Credit: * Children’s Arts Tax Credit * Public Transit Tax Credit * Tuition, Education and Textbook Tax Credits * Tax Exemption for Scholarships, Fellowships and Bursaries * Student Loan Interest Tax Credit * Registered Education Savings Plan.
[Click the link above for access to information about each of these examples.]

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For more information on the benefits available for families and students, please visit the
Canada Revenue Agency’s
Child and Family Benefits web page:

http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/bnfts/menu-eng.html
... and its Students web page:
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/students/

Source:
Canada Revenue Agency

http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/


From the Canada Revenue Agency:

Canada Child Tax Benefit Guideline Table : July 2013 to June 2014
The Government of Canada’s Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB) system comprises the CCTB Base Benefit and the NCB Supplement. The CCTB targets low-and middle-income families with children, and the NCB Supplement provides low-income families with child benefits in addition to the CCTB base benefit.

NOTE: If you wish to know more about the CCTB program or the NCB Supplement before proceeding, check:
Child and Family Benefits
- includes links to information about : * Canada Child Tax Benefit * Universal Child Care Benefit * GST/HST credit * Working Income Tax Benefit * Provincial and territorial programs * Children's special allowances

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Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB) Guideline Table effective July 2013 - June 2014 (based on 2012 tax year)
This table shows the amount of the Canada Child Tax Benefit that's payable from July 2013 to June 2014 to a household with one, two, three, four and five children with family income ranging from $25,536 to over $230,000.
[FACTOID: According to this table, a family with five children and an annual family income of $220,000 (in 2012) is entitled to a monthly CCTB payment of $33.95.]

Monthly NCB Supplement only entitlement - July 2013 - June 2014 (based on 2012 tax year)

Guideline tables for earlier years
- includes links to both of the above tables going back to the 2007-2008 benefit period (2006 tax year)

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Links to more information
about the CCTB, the NCB and the NCB Supplement:

Canada Child Benefits, July 2013 to June 2014
(Including related federal, provincial, and territorial programs)

Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB) payment amounts, by tax year
* Tax Years 2009 to 2011
* Tax Year 2012
- incl. basic benefit - supplement for 3rd and following child(ren) - supplement for children under age seven - base threshold - benefit reduction rates, one child - benefit reduction rates, two or more children - NCBS amount for first child - NCBS amount for second child - NCBS amount for each additional child - NCBS threshold - NCBS phase-out rate, one child - NCBS phase-out rate, two children - NCBS phase-out rate, three or more children - Child Disability Amount (CDB) - CDB base threshold, one child - CDB phase-out rate, one child - CDB phase-out rate, two children - CDB phase-out rate, three or more children

Source:
Canada Child Tax Benefit
[ Child and Family Benefits - includes links to : * Canada Child Tax Benefit * Universal Child Care Benefit * GST/HST credit * Working Income Tax Benefit * Provincial and territorial programs * Children's special allowances ]

Provincial and territorial child benefit and credit programs
that are related to the Canada Child Tax Benefit:
* Alberta Family Employment Tax Credit * BC Family Bonus (and British Columbia Earned Income Benefit) * New Brunswick Child Tax Benefit * Nova Scotia Child Benefit * Newfoundland and Labrador Child Benefit (and Mother Baby Nutrition Supplement) * Northwest Territories Child Benefit * Nunavut Child Benefit * Ontario Child Benefit * Yukon Child Benefit
[NOTE: residents of Québec must apply to the
Régie des rentes for the child assistance payment.]

Source:
Canada Revenue Agency

Related links from the Government of Canada:

More information about the
National Child Benefit Supplement

Source:
2006 National Child Benefit Progress Report
[ National Child Benefit website ]

Also from the NCB website:

The Government of Canada's
Contribution to the National Child Benefit Initiative

Comparing welfare rates for families in different provinces?
Be careful..

Because Canadian jurisdictions have adopted different approaches in their treatment of the CCTB and provincial-territorial child benefits for welfare rate calculations, it's becoming exceptionally difficult to compare welfare rates across provinces and territories for families with children. For more detailed information on child benefit clawbacks and pass-ons, see Approaches to Replacing Social Assistance Benefits for Children from the 2006 National child Benefit Progress Report.

People with disabilities
"...easy access to publications and forms dealing with tax credits, benefits, and services for people with disabilities"


Working Income Tax Benefit (WITB)
The Working Income Tax Benefit (WITB) is a refundable tax credit intended to provide tax relief for eligible working low-income individuals and families who are already in the workforce and to encourage other Canadians to enter the workforce.

 

 

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation is Canada’s national housing agency. Established as a government-owned corporation in 1946 to address Canada’s post-war housing shortage, the agency has grown into a major national institution. CMHC is Canada’s premier provider of mortgage loan insurance, mortgage-backed securities, housing policy and programs, and housing research

Site map - on one page, everything that's on this enormous website...

CMHC for Consumers --- incl. links to : Buying a Home * Mortgage Loan Insurance * Renting a Home * Maintaining a Home * Renovating a Home * Programs & Financial Assistance (residential rehabilitation, emergency repair, home adaptation for seniors, etc.)

CMHC for Housing Industry Professionals and Community Groups --- CMHC contributes to the well-being of the housing sector by offering : Best practices in housing construction and design * Housing market trends and demographics * A wide variety of programs & financial assistance * Affordable housing strategies.

CMHC for Housing Finance Clients and International Clients --- CMHC is your proven business partner and strives to provide our housing finance clients with : Innovative mortgage loan insurance products & services * Effective default management and claims payment * Offering housing solutions to help countries around the world build better housing systems * Assisting Canadian companies to export goods and services.

Aboriginal --- Browse by Topic : On-Reserve, Off-Reserve and Northern Housing

CMHC Research Report Listings by Subject
- links to PDF files consisting of collections of reports that you can order from CMHC organized by subject, including Affordable Housing - Cooperative Housing - Healthy Housing - Homeless - Housing and Women - Housing for Older Canadians - Housing for Persons with Disabilities - Housing Rehabilitation - Self-Help Housing - Social Housing - more...

Federal, Provincial and Territorial Agreements on Affordable Housing

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Selected reports from
the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation:

CMHC releases the
2013 Canadian Housing Observer
(Report on Housing in Canada)
http://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/corp/nero/nere/2013/2013-12-18-0830.cfm
News Release
OTTAWA, December 18, 2013 — Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) today released the 2013 Canadian Housing Observer, its detailed annual review on the state of housing in Canada.

Selected highlights from
the 2013 edition:

* 19% of condominium owners in Canada were under the age of 35 and 29% were seniors 65 or older.
* Women made up 65% of condominium owner-occupants who lived alone, including 76% of those aged 55 and older.
* Households in Canada continue to get smaller, shrinking from an average of 3.5 persons in 1971 to 2.5 in 2011.
* People living alone accounted for 28% of households in 2011, more than double their share in 1971.
* By 2036, between 3.6 million and 7 million new households are projected in Canada.
* The rate of Canadian residential mortgages that were three months or more in arrears continued to trend downward.

2013 Canadian Housing Observer - main page
http://www.cmhc.ca/en/corp/about/cahoob/cahoob_001.cfm
- includes a brief intro and links to the complete report in a single PDF file or in individual PDF files, one per chapter.

Complete report in one PDF file (11MB, 184 pages)
http://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/odpub/pdf/67989.pdf?fr=1389273180624

Chapters:

* Executive Summary (PDF - 2.1MB, 22 pages)
[ http://www.cmhc.ca/en/corp/about/cahoob/upload/chapter_1_67991_w_acc.pdf ]

* Condominiums (PDF - 4.2MB, 41 pages)
http://www.cmhc.ca/en/corp/about/cahoob/upload/chapter_2_67993_w_acc.pdf

* Housing Finance (PDF - 1.6MB, 27 pages)
http://www.cmhc.ca/en/corp/about/cahoob/upload/chapter_3_67995_w_acc.pdf

* Housing Markets (PDF - 2MB, 28 pages)
http://www.cmhc.ca/en/corp/about/cahoob/upload/chapter_4_67997_w_acc.pdf

* Demographic and Socio-economic
Influences on Housing Demand
(PDF - 2.5MB, 39 pages)
http://www.cmhc.ca/en/corp/about/cahoob/upload/chapter_5_67999_w_acc.pdf

* Recent Trends in
Housing Affordability and Core Housing Need
(PDF - 1.6MB, 26 pages)
http://www.cmhc.ca/en/corp/about/cahoob/upload/chapter_6_68001_w_acc.pdf

* Sustainable Housing and Communities
— Industrialized Housing
(PDF - 3.6MB, 25 pages)
http://www.cmhc.ca/en/corp/about/cahoob/upload/chapter_7_68003_w_acc.pdf

Source:
Canadian Housing Observer
http://www.cmhc.ca/observer/
Contents:
* 2013 Canadian Housing Observer and previous reports
* Feature articles and selected chapters from past Canadian Housing Observers
* Data Tables
* Housing in Canada Online (HICO)
* Housing Market Information

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
http://www.cmhc.ca/
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) is Canada’s national housing agency. Established as a government-owned corporation in 1946 to address Canada’s post-war housing shortage, the agency has grown into a major national institution. CMHC is Canada’s premier provider of mortgage loan insurance, mortgage-backed securities, housing policy and programs, and housing research.

Fall 2012 Session of the National Housing Research Committee (NHRC)
http://nhrc-cnrl.ca/en/meeting/current
The Fall 2012 NHRC session was held from November 5-7, 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario.
The links below will take you to the separate sections for each of the working groups (and one link to the full committee).
Each section includes a brief overview of one particular working group session at the Fall 2012 meeting, along with links to videos by each presenter and to related meeting documents. The duration of the videos varies from 20 minutes to an hour or so.

Full Committee (no video)
http://nhrc-cnrl.ca/en/meeting/current/full-committee

Distinct Needs Working Group (5 videos)
http://nhrc-cnrl.ca/en/meeting/current/distinct-needs-wg

Housing Data Working Group (4 videos)
http://nhrc-cnrl.ca/en/meeting/current/housing-data-wg

Homelessness Working Group (3 videos)
http://nhrc-cnrl.ca/en/meeting/current/homelessness-wg

Sustainable Working Group (4 videos)
http://nhrc-cnrl.ca/en/meeting/current/sustainable-wg

Previous Meetings
http://nhrc-cnrl.ca/en/meeting/previous-meetings

Source:
National Housing Research Committee (NHRC)
http://nhrc-cnrl.ca/en/
[ See also : http://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/corp/about/whwedo/crviheco/crviheco_002.cfm ]

NHRC is part of:
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)

http://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/index.cfm

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Related links : Go to the Homelessness and Housing Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/homeless.htm

Governments of Canada and Ontario Celebrate New Affordable Housing
http://goo.gl/Xu5xe
May 22, 2012
Toronto, ON - The Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, and the City of Toronto joined YWCA Toronto to celebrate the official opening of 300 affordable housing units. The project is supported by $21 million in funding through the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program. The construction of the affordable housing component of the YWCA Elm Centre has created up to 750 jobs in Ontario and helps to meet the housing needs of families and individuals in the Toronto area.
(...) The Government of Canada, through CMHC, will invest more than $2 billion in housing this year. Of this amount, $1.7 billion will be spent in support of almost 605,000 households living in existing social housing. In Ontario, this represents some 237,750 households.
(...) Ontario continues to build new affordable housing and repair existing units. Since 2003, Ontario's investment in affordable housing has translated into the construction and repair of more than 270,000 housing units and the provision of 35,000 rent supplements for Ontario families on fixed incomes.

Backgrounder:
New affordable housing rental units for seniors, persons with disabilities and families in Ontario
http://goo.gl/lM8yC
List of 27 projects that received combined $144.93 million federal/provincial funding under Canada's Economic Action Plan and the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program Agreement.
NOTE: The above backgrounder is part of a news release from the City of Ottawa announcing the new funding; click the link above and scroll halfway down the next page for the list of 27 projects, including name of the community, street address of the project, the number of units and the total federal and provincial funding for each project.

Related links:

Affordable housing is a key component of
Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy:
http://www.children.gov.on.ca/htdocs/English/breakingthecycle/index.aspx

Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy - Government of Ontario (PDF - 1.1MB, 20 pages)
http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/AssetFactory.aspx?did=8590

Affordable housing in Ontario
http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page126.aspx

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
http://www.cmhc.ca/en/index.cfm

Ontario Ministry of Municpal Affairs and Housing
http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/page11.aspx

Canada's Economic Action Plan
http://www.actionplan.gc.ca/eng/index.asp

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
http://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/index.cfm

From the
National Housing Research Committee
(Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation):

Spring 2011 NHRC Newsletter (PDF - 1.6MB, 20 pages)
[ Version française - PDF ]
Table of contents:
* Encouraging Private Developers to Get Involved in Affordable Housing
* Trends in Housing Conditions for Immigrant Households
* Housing Conditions of Inuit Households
* An Aging Population Challenges the Quebec Housing Market
* A Survey of Housing Co-ops in Canada
* Seniors' Housing Conditions Improve
* TAFETA Opens a Door to Independent Living
* Housing for People with Intellectual Disabilities in Quebec
* Tenants' Experiences in the Regent Park Redevelopment
* A Revolving Door of Homelessness and Incarceration
* Homelessness Among Federal Ex-Offenders in Saskatchewan
* Networking Alberta Research on Homelessness
* Leveraging Information to Serve the Homeless in Calgary
* Heat Recovery Ventilators and Air Quality in Nunavut
* Improving and Showcasing Environmental Performance at the Community Level
* EQuilibriumTM Housing Forums
* Developing Standards for On-Site Reuse of Wastewate

NHRC Newsletter Archive - links to newsletters back to 2005
[ Version française de l'archive des bulletins précédents ]

Source:
National Housing Research Committee (NHRC)
[ Version française ]
Since 1986, the NHRC has brought together representatives from all levels of government, social housing organizations and the housing industry as well as academics and consumers to pursue four objectives:
- Identifying priority areas for housing-related research and demonstration
- Encouraging cooperation and partnership in research without duplication of effort
- Fostering broader support for housing research
- Promoting the dissemination, application and adoption of research results

Also from NHRC:

National Housing Research Committee Meeting : Spring 2011 Session
[ Version française ]
The Spring 2011 Session of the National Housing Research Committee was held from May 2-4, 2011 in Toronto. The National Housing Research Committee meeting continues to be Canada’s premier venue for presenting our nation’s leading housing research and provides a great networking opportunity for housing researchers and policy makers.

NOTE: Click the link above, then select a working group in the left margin to access all meeting documents (in PDF format).
Working Groups are: * Distinct Needs * Housing Data * Homelessness * Sustainable Housing and Communities
Also includes a link to the Full Committee meeting documents and Previous Meetings.
Don't miss the webcasts and the PowerPoint slides!

Changes in Household Net Worth in Canada: 1990-2009 (PDF - 1.4MB, 10 pages)
Research Highlight
October 2010
[Version française:
Evolution de la valeur nette des ménages au Canada, 1990 à 2009 (PDF - 1.3Mo., 10 pages) ]

This Research Highlight reviews changes from 1990 to 2009 in the assets, debts, and wealth of Canadian households. It examines the contribution of real estate to the net worth of Canadians and shows that the gap between the wealth of homeowners and renters has been widening. It finds that the collective net worth of households doubled, household debts grew faster than disposable incomes, and falling interest rates reduced debt servicing costs.

[ More 2010 Research Highlights - links to 20+ reports PLUS links (in left margin) to reports for earlier years ]

Source:
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

2010 Canadian Housing Observer
The Canadian Housing Observer presents a detailed annual review of housing conditions and trends in Canada and of the key factors behind them. It is an ideal resource for housing planners; researchers; policy makers; home builders; mortgage and real estate professionals; and municipal, provincial/territorial, and federal housing specialists. The annual Housing Observer report examines the state of Canada's housing from a variety of perspectives, combining national coverage with provincial/territorial and metropolitan detail. The report discusses influences on housing demand, current market developments, housing finance, housing affordability, and other topics.
- includes links to individual chapters in PDF format:
* Overview
* Canadian Housing at a Glance — Dashboard (graphics)
* Housing and the Economy
* Housing Finance
* Current Market Developments
* Demographic and Socio-economic Influences on Housing Demand
* Recent Trends in Housing Affordability and Core Housing Need
* An Exploration of Alternative Measures of Housing Need
* The EQuilibrium™ Initiatives

Download a free PDF copy
of the full 2010 Canadian Housing Observer

- includes a link to the French version

[ previous editions of the Canadian Housing Observer - 2003-2009 ]

Related link:

Commentary by Nick Falvo on the
2010Canadian Housing Observer

December 11, 2010
(...) In 2006, just under 13 percent of Canadian households were considered to be in “core housing need” (which usually means that they are paying more than 30 percent of gross monthly income on housing). But the figure for Nunavut was just over 37 percent, by far the highest of any province or territory. And just over 20 percent of Aboriginal households across Canada are in core housing need.
Source:
Relentlessly Progressive Economics Blog
[ Progressive Economics Forum ]
Economic policy-making and economics instruction in Canada have both increasingly come to reflect a conservative, free-market perspective. There is an urgent need to promote an alternative, progressive economics community in Canada.Over 125 progressive economists—working in universities, the labour movement, and activist research organizations—have joined forces to make our collective, critical perspective heard. We have formed the Progressive Economics Forum. [ About PEF ]

National Rental Vacancy Rate Decreases in 2008
News Release
OTTAWA, December 11, 2008 — The average rental apartment vacancy rate in Canada's 34 major centres decreased to 2.2 per cent in October 2008 from 2.6 per cent in October 2007, according to the Rental Market Survey released today by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

Note: Scroll halfway down the above news release for links to the following 2008 CMHC rental market reports:
1. Rental Market Reports — Major Centres (incl. more coverage of the secondary rental market in selected centres)
2. Rental Market Report — Provincial Highlights — summary of rental market statistics for urban centres with a population of over 10,000 in each province and two of the three territories
3. Rental Market Report — Canada Highlights — at-a-glance rental market information for Canada's 34 major centres
4. Rental Market Statistics Report — a sourcebook of statistical tables with national, provincial and local rental housing market data.
- the news release also contains tables of vacancy rates, availability rates and rents.

Rental Market Survey 2008 (PDF - 1.2MB, 11 pages)
NOTE: I can't provide a direct link to the rental market survey because the CMHC website is built using software that doesn't allow direct linking to reports.
To access the survey, go to Canadian Housing Statistics and click on CHS: Rental Market Survey (2nd report in the list).
- the rental market survey includes data for Major Centres / Provinces with detailed data for each market area. Tables contain data on availability rates, average rents or vacancies, by bedroom size (bachelor, one, two bedroom units, etc.) and by building type (i.e. row homes and apartments)

Source:
Canada Housing and Mortgage Corporation
(CMHC)
<Boo to CMHC for making their site so user-not-friendly.>

Canada's New Government Commits $526 Million
to Combat Homelessness and Extend Funding for Renovation Programs

December 19, 2006
Today, the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, announced $526 million for the new Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS), a strategy aimed at combating homelessness in communities across Canada and extending CMHC's renovation programs. The new Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) will be funded at $270 million over two years.

NOTE: for links to more info on affordable housing and homelessness, see the Canadian Social Research Links Homelessness and Housing page.

Canadian Heritage
"The Canadian Heritage Portfolio, which includes the Department of Canadian Heritage and our major national cultural institutions, plays a vital role in the cultural and civic life of Canadians. We work together to promote culture, the arts, heritage, official languages, citizenship and participation, and Aboriginal, youth, and sport initiatives."
- incl. links to : A to Z Index - Arts and Culture - Citizenship and Identity - Diversity and Multiculturalism - International - Sport - Youth - The Department - About us - What's new - Application Forms - Funding Programs - Legislation - Organizational View - Publications - Regional Offices - Agencies and Corporations

Human Rights Program
- incl. links to : * Did You Know? * Links * Themes and Tributes * Funding Program * Publications and Documents * Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms * Human Rights in Canada * International Human Rights
- Links to other Human Rights websites

Canada and International Human Rights : Main Menu
- incl. links to:
* Canada and the International Human Rights System: An Introduction * Multilateral human rights treaties to which Canada is a party * Canada's Reports on United Nations Conventions and Related Official Documents * Complaints to international organizations * Decisions of international bodies * Glossary of UN Terms * Universal Periodic Review

In addition to supporting the principles enunciated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,
Canada has ratified the six United Nations human rights treaties and submitted reports on the implementation of each of these treaties.

Core Document to accompany all of Canada's Reports.
Basic reference document on Canada's political system for use by United Nations Human Rights Committees reviewing Canada's reports.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights - Adopted and proclaimed by the UN general Assembly on December 10, 1948.

The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) - Accession by Canada in May 1976.Text of the Covenant, the first optional protocol and the views of the UN Committee on the merit of communications against Canada, Canada's most recent reports and the UN Committee conclusions on these reports.

The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESC). Ratified by Canada in May 1976.Text of the Covenant, Canada's most recent reports and the UN Committee conclusions on these reports.

The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD). Accession by Canada in October 1970. Text of the Convention, Canada's most recent reports and the UN Committee conclusions on these reports.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Ratified by Canada in December 1991. Text of the Convention, the Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict (ratified by Canada in July 2000), and the Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography (ratified by Canada in September 2005), Canada's reports and the UN Committee conclusions on these reports.

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Ratified by Canada in December 1981. Text of the Convention, the optional protocol, Canada's most recent reports and the UN Committee's conclusions on these reports.

Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT). Ratified by Canada in June 1987. Text of the Convention, Canada's most recent reports and the UN Committee's conclusions on these reports.

Also from Canadian Heritage:

Aboriginal Peoples' Program
The Aboriginal Peoples' Program (APP) supports the full participation and cultural revitalization of Aboriginal People in Canadian society. It enables Aboriginal Peoples to address the social, cultural, economic and political issues affecting their lives.
[ Aboriginal Programs, Policy, and Research ]

..

Canadian International Development Agency

HOME PAGE
CIDA’s aim is to reduce poverty, promote human rights, and increase sustainable development. CIDA was established in 1968 to administer the bulk of Canada’s official development assistance (ODA) program. The measure of its success lies in its contribution to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Canada’s broader international policy objectives.

Canada and the Millennium Development Goals

Canadian Transportation Agency

HOME PAGE

Accessible Transportation

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

HOME PAGE

Publications - Browse this list for dozens of key CIC publications, from policy manuals and operating memoranda, to legislation and information pamphlets

 
The Canadian Immigration System: An Overview (PDF file - 283K, 21 pages)
March 2007
Workshop on German and European Migration and Immigration Policy from
a Transatlantic Perspective : Challenge for the 21st Century
By Geneviève Bouchard
- Powerpoint presentation, includes historical info, current situation, stats, policy challenges, potential solutions
Source:
Institute for Research on Public Policy

Environment Canada

Environment Canada

---The Story of Bottled Water (World Water Day) - March 22
This is not social policy.
(Wanna bet??)
Government of Canada Celebrates World Water Day
with an Investment in Water Quality Research
March 22, 2010

World Water Day - March 22
Water is a basic requirement for all life, yet water resources are facing increasing demands from, and competition among, users. In 1992, the UN General Assembly designated 22 March of each year as the World Day for Water.

The Story of Bottled Water
The Story of Bottled Water is an eight-minute animated video that throws a wrench in the bottled water industry’s spin machine. (...) Bottled water companies have worked hard to undermine confidence in public water systems. But the tide is turning, as a growing number of Canadian municipalities, campuses, school boards and other public institutions are rejecting bottled water in favour of the tap. Watch the video, share it with your friends, and take a pledge to make your home, workplace and community bottled-water free.



The Federal Government section of Canad
ian Social Research Links comprises several separate pages of links : 
- Federal Government Links - sites of general interest (to social researchers), e.g., government information or research sites; also includes links to directories of federal programs and services for specific target groups like youth and seniors 
- Canada's Economic Action Plan - including links to federal government annual reports and analysis/critique of federal budgets since 2009 from various sources.
- Federal Departments and Agencies (three pages) - links to the websites of almost two dozen federal departments and agencies involved with social programs (includes links to selected content on each of those sites) 
*** Page 1 - Agriculture and Agri-Food to Environment
*** Page 2 - Finance
*** Page 3 - Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs

- Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) - info about Old Age Security, the Canada Pension Plan, Employment Insurance and other social programs - and where I worked... 
- Health Links - Canada/International - info about Health Canada and related stuff from the U.S. and elsewhere in the world
- Employment Insurance in Canada - selected reports and other related links

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NOTE : For links to resources on the subject of
Employment Insurance,

go to the Employment Insurance Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ei.htm


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