Canadian Social Research Links 
New Brunswick

Updated December 4, 2016
Page révisée le 4 décembre 2016


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* Key Welfare Links in NB (scroll down to the grey box below, right column)
* Latest NB Budget
- March 31, 2015 [See "NEW" below)
* Poverty reduction in NB
* Non-governmental sites in NB (Common Front for Social Justice, etc.)
* The minimum wage debate in New Brunswick

* New Brunswick provincial election : September 22, 2014

Canada Social Report
June 2015

- includes (by province and territory) welfare incomes, poverty reduction strategies, # of welfare cases and beneficiaries, welfare program descriptions and much more!

Recommended resource from the Caledon Institute of Social Policy.

 


NEW

Campaign 2000 releases 2016 Report Card
http://campaign2000.ca/490-2/
November 24, 2016
Campaign 2000 released its 2016 annual Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Canada on Thursday, November 24, in Ottawa. This date marks 27 years since the unanimous House of Commons’ resolution to end child poverty in Canada and seven years after the entire House of Commons voted “to develop an immediate plan to end poverty for all in Canada.”

Press Release (English)
http://campaign2000.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/2016Campaign2000NationalMediaReleaseENGLISH.pdf

Communiqué - Français
http://campaign2000.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/2016Campaign2000NationalMediaReleaseFRENCH.pdf

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Complete report (English) (PDF - 1.9MB, 20 pages)
http://campaign2000.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Campaign2000NationalReportCard2016Eng.pdf
The 2016 national report card, A Road Map to Eradicate Child & Family Poverty, highlights the compelling reasons why the federal government needs to adopt a child and family poverty reduction lens on all policy, program and spending decisions.
NOTE : The complete report is available in English only.)

Source:
Campaign 2000
http://campaign2000

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The national report card release corresponds with several Campaign 2000 partners releasing provincial report cards on child and family poverty in the following cities:

Vancouver, British Columbia:

Regina, Saskatoon:

Winnipeg, Manitoba:

Toronto, Ontario:

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Saint John, New Brunswick:
http://campaign2000.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/NewBrunswichReportCard2016English-1.pdf

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island:

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Campaign 2000 Infographic : Issues and Solutions (small PDF file)
http://campaign2000.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/NationalC2000Infographic2016.pdf


Average Rent Prices for September 2016
with Data Provided for 20 Canadian Cities
- avg. rents for studio/bachelor - 1-2-3bedrooms

New report on rents in various communities across Canada
http://www.rentseeker.ca/blog/index.php/newly-updated-rental-data-shows-average-rents-for-20-canadian-cities/2917
News Release
September 14, 2016
By the RentSeeker Team
Canada’s Leading Real Estate Listing Website and Apartment Finder, published newly updated rental data in what’s become it’s [sic] highly popular Infographic format, which has become a popular resource for renters, landlords, economists, and journalists which shows Average Rent Prices for September 2016 with data provided for 20 Canadian cities. (Click the link above to select an apartment size and one of the 20 Canadian cities below, in no particular order.)

* Toronto : http://www.rentseeker.ca/Toronto.aspx * Lethbridge : http://www.rentseeker.ca/Lethbridge.aspx
   
* Ottawa : http://www.rentseeker.ca/Ottawa.aspx * Hamilton : http://www.rentseeker.ca/Hamilton.aspx
   

* Calgary : http://www.rentseeker.ca/Calgary.aspx

* Mississauga : http://www.rentseeker.ca/Mississauga.aspx
   
* Montreal : http://www.rentseeker.ca/Montreal.aspx

Niagara Falls : http://www.rentseeker.ca/Niagara_Falls.aspx

   
* Edmonton : http://www.rentseeker.ca/Edmonton.aspx

* Oshawa : http://www.rentseeker.ca/Oshawa.aspx

   

* Vancouver : http://www.rentseeker.ca/Vancouver.aspx

* Burnaby : http://www.rentseeker.ca/Burnaby.aspx

   

* Kingston : http://www.rentseeker.ca/Kingston.aspx

* Brampton : http://www.rentseeker.ca/Brampton.aspx

   

* London : http://www.rentseeker.ca/London.aspx

* St. Catharines : http://www.rentseeker.ca/St._Catharines.aspx

   

* Sarnia : http://www.rentseeker.ca/Sarnia.aspx

* Halifax : http://www.rentseeker.ca/Halifax.aspx

   

* Windsor : http://www.rentseeker.ca/Windsor.aspx

 

Source:
RentSeeker.ca
– Canada’s Leading Real Estate Listing Website and Apartment Finder
http://www.rentseeker.ca/

New Brunswick Proposals for new Minimum Standards
under the Employment Standards Act

Going Further!
Brief submitted to the Minister of Post Secondary Education, Training and Labour
on the Changes to the Employment Standards Act
(PDF - 16 pages):
http://frontnb.ca/userfiles/file/Brief%20on%20Minimum%20Wage%20to%20PETL-%20October%202016_Final.pdf
October 11, 2016
Proposals for new Minimum Standards. The provincial government is proposing to change some Minimum Standards. They are not going far enough. The NB Common Front for Social Justice is proposing changes that would be a lot better to protect workers.

Source:
Front commun pour la justice sociale du Nouveau-Brunswick inc.

http://frontnb.ca/Default.asp/fr

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Six cities chosen as sites for anti-poverty case studies, to inform national poverty reduction strategy
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/09/02/six-cities-chosen-as-test-sites-for-national-anti-poverty-strategy_n_11836624.html
(...) The project will see federal officials run case studies in Saint John, Trois-Rivières, Que., Toronto, Winnipeg, Yellowknife and Tisdale, Sask., which was chosen so federal officials would have a rural community to test ideas.

Related links:

The Government of Canada announces the Tackling Poverty Together Project
Saint John, New Brunswick: first community to be studied
http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1119579&_ga=1.199789162.592249347.1473415224
September 2, 2016

Federal release: Government announces Tackling Poverty Together Project
http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1119579

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Nouveau-Brunswick : Propositions du gouvernement quant aux modifications aux normes minimales
en vertu de la Loi sur les normes d’emploi
(PDF - 16 pages):
http://frontnb.ca/userfiles/file/M%C3%A9moire%20-%20consultation-normes%20d'emploi_%20Oct_%202016_(Final)docx.pdf
Le 11 octobre 2016
Normes d’emploi. Le gouvernement provincial propose de modifier certaines normes d’emploi. Il ne va pas assez loin. Le Front commun pour la justice sociale propose des changements qui protégeraient beaucoup plus les travailleurs et les travailleuses.

Source:
New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice
Inc.
http://frontnb.ca/Default.asp/en

Fight for $15 + Justice // Lutter pour 15 $ et justice

NOTA : La version française suit l'anglais ci-dessous.

Low Income Workers Speak Out! (PDF - 12 pages)
February 2016
http://frontnb.ca/userfiles/file/Worker%20Stories%20Final_-Feb_%2019,%202016.pdf

News Release
http://frontnb.ca/userfiles/file/News%20release-%20workers%20stories_(final)%20docx.pdf

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Français:

Des travailleuses et travailleurs à petit salaire racontent leur histoire (PDF - 14 pages)
http://frontnb.ca/userfiles/file/Des%20travailleurs%20%C3%A0%20petit%20salaire%20racontent%20leur%20histoire_19%20F%C3%A9vrier%202016.pdf
Le 19 février 2016
Le Front commun a recueilli les histoires d'un certain nombre de travailleurs à petit salaire.

Communiqué de presse
http://frontnb.ca/userfiles/file/Communiqu%C3%A9%20de%20presse-Histoires%20de%20travailleurs%20(final).pdf

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NOTA : La version anglaise suit le français ci-dessous.

Révision stratégique des programmes:
Des choix pour remettre le N.-B. en marche
(PDF - 16 pages)
frontnb.ca/userfiles/file/Révision%20stratégique%20des%20programmes-%20Ce%20que%20les%20priorités%20nous%20révèlent%20Final%20(1).pdf

Le gouvernement provincial dit qu’il a trois priorités: Créer des emplois, Mettre de l’ordre dans les finances publiques et Améliorer les services aux familles. Malheureusement, le document Des choix pour remettre le N.-B. en marche se limite à mettre l’accent sur seulement une de ces priorités : mettre de l’ordre dans les finances de la province, et il n’y a rien ciblant la création d’emploi et l’amélioration des services aux familles.

Des vrais choix pour remettre le Nouveau-Brunswick en marche
http://frontnb.ca/userfiles/file/Choix-%20Document%20pour%20consultations%20publiques_(1)docx.pdf

Source:
Front commun pour la justice sociale inc.
http://frontnb.ca/default.asp

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English version:

Real Choices to Move New Brunswick Forward (PDF - 4 pages)
http://frontnb.ca/userfiles/file/CFSJ-Reaction%20to-Choices%20document-Final.pdf
The Provincial Government say they have three (3) priorities:
1) Job Creation,
2) Getting our finances in order, and
3) Improving services for families.
The Choices to Move New Brunswick Forward document [ http://goo.gl/fM09W2 ] unfortunately narrowly focuses on just one of those priorities: getting the province’s finances in order, with nothing targeted at job creation and improving services. Many of the options proposed would be at the detriment of these other priorities. All the options included in the Choices document involve spending cuts, some form of outsourcing/privatization or generating revenues, with none whatsoever targeted on job creation or improving services for families. Instead of moving New Brunswick forward, creating jobs, growing the economy and improving services for families, most of these would push the province backwards through further austerity.

Source:
New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice Inc.
http://frontnb.ca/Default.asp/fr

NOTE : The English version of the following blurb and links appears just below the French.

Lutter pour 15 $ + Justice
Le 6 novembre 2015
Aujourd’hui, le Front commun pour la justice sociale veut particulièrement cibler les travailleurs et les travailleuses pauvres, notamment les milliers d’hommes et de femmes qui, jour après jour, aident à faire fonctionner une partie de notre économie. Souvent, ces travailleurs ont un salaire inadéquat et n’ont que les normes d’emploi provinciales pour les protéger dans leurs lieux de travail.

Cliquez les liens ci-dessous pour de plus amples renseignements (fichiers PDF).

Texte de la conférence de presse:
http://frontnb.ca/userfiles/file/Texte%20de%20conf%C3%A9rence%20de%20presse_%20.pdf

Nos propositions:
http://frontnb.ca/userfiles/file/M%C3%A9moire%20des%20normes%20d'emploi%202015%20(3).pdf

La réalité économique:
http://frontnb.ca/userfiles/file/R%C3%A9alit%C3%A9%20%C3%A9conomique.pdf

Lettre d'appui / Lettre d'appui-financement 2015-16.
http://frontnb.ca/userfiles/file/Lettre%20d'appui-financement%202015-16.pdf

Formulaire d'appui
http://frontnb.ca/userfiles/file/Feuille%20d'appui%20.pdf

Source:
Front commun pour la justice sociale du Nouveau-Brunswick inc.
http://frontnb.ca/Default.asp/fr

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English version:

Proposed Changes to the New Brunswick Employment Standards
November 2015

Fight for $15 + Justice
November 6, 2015
Today, the Common Front for Social Justice wants to particularly target the working poor, namely the thousands of men and women who, day after day, contribute to a part of the economy. Often, these workers receive inadequate pay and the provincial employment standards are the only thing protecting them in their workplace.

Click the links below for more info (PDF files).

Text from the press conference:
http://frontnb.ca/userfiles/file/News%20conference%20text.pdf

Our proposed changes:
http://frontnb.ca/userfiles/file/Minimum%20Standards%20Brief%202015(2).pdf

Why minimum wage needs to increase:
http://frontnb.ca/userfiles/file/Economic%20Reality.pdf

Letter of endorsement 2015-16 / Lettre d'appui-financement 2015-16
http://frontnb.ca/userfiles/file/Lettre%20d'appui-financement%202015-16(1).pdf
Groups who endorse the campaign / Groupes qui appuient la campagne

Source:
New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice Inc.

http://frontnb.ca/Default.asp/en

New Brunswick 2015-2016 Budget
31 March 2015

Budget faces fiscal challenges, invests in job creation and families
http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/finance/news/news_release.2015.03.0231.html
News Release
31 March 2015
FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government tabled its 2015-16 budget today which focuses on the government’s three key priorities: creating the conditions for job creation, facing our fiscal challenges and helping families. “We must face our fiscal challenges together so that we can continue to provide the key services our residents count on,” said Finance Minister Roger Melanson. “At the same time, this budget is guided by the principle of fairness, ensuring that those with the greatest ability to pay contribute more when it comes to addressing our fiscal situation.”
- includes extensive budget highlights!

NOTA : Sur la version française de la page principale du budget 2015-2016 [ http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/fr/ministeres/finances/budget/2015-2016/budget.html ], vous trouverez un lien vers la version française de chacun des documents ci-dessous, à l'exception des textes des médias, qui sont dans la langue d'origine.

New Brunswick 2015-2016 Budget - main page
http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/finance/budget/2015-2016/budget.html
31 March 2015
The provincial government tabled its 2015-16 budget today which will focus on the government’s three key priorities: creating the conditions for job creation, facing our fiscal challenges and helping families.
- includes links to all budget papers, some of which appear below:

Budget Speech (PDF) - http://www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Departments/fin/pdf/Budget/2015-2016/BudgetSpeech2015-2016.pdf
Economic Outlook (PDF) - http://www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Departments/fin/pdf/Budget/2015-2016/EconomicOutlook2015-2016.pdf
Main Estimates (PDF - 969KB, 266 pages) - http://www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Departments/fin/pdf/Budget/2015-2016/MainEstimates2015-2016BudgetPrincipal.pdf

2015-2016 Capital Budget : http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/finance/budget/2015-2016/capital_budget.html
Capital Estimates (PDF - 164KB, 24 pages) : http://www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Departments/fin/pdf/Budget/2015-2016/2015-2016CapitalEstimates-BudgetDeCapital2015-2016.pdf

New Brunswick Budgets for earlier years (back to 1999-2000)
http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/finance/budget.html

Source:
New Brunswick Finance
[ http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/finance.html ]

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Related links:

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

New Brunswick budget hits up wealthy, seniors for cash
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/new-brunswick-budget-hits-up-wealthy-seniors-for-cash-1.3016388
Roger Melanson cuts teachers, closes courts and Service New Brunswick outlets in first budget
By Alan White
March 31, 2015

Eight ways the New Brunswick budget may touch your pocketbook
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/8-ways-the-new-brunswick-budget-may-touch-your-pocketbook-1.3016426
Drivers, nursing home residents, the wealthy and ambulance users among those who will pay more
By Alan White
March 31, 2015
1. Drivers see taxes increase on gasoline
2. Two new tax brackets created for the richest New Brunswickers
3. Financial cap on nursing home care is lifted
4. Seniors' savings now considered in ability to pay
5. Ambulance fee waiver removed
6. Blue Cross premiums to increase
7. Tuition rebate program for post-secondary graduates cancelled.
8. Free parking for public servants to be eliminated

From the
Caledon Institute of Social Policy:

Social Assistance Summaries 2014 (PDF - 235KB, 49 pages)
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/1062ENG.pdf
Anne Makhoul, March 2015

The informative Social Assistance Statistical Report [ http://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2011/rhdcc-hrsdc/HS25-2-2008-eng.pdf ], published by the federal and provincial/territorial governments, was last released in 2010 and presented 2008 data. In its place, the Caledon Institute will publish a Social Assistance Summaries series as part of its web-based Canada Social Report, which will be operational in spring 2015. In the interim, this publication offers an advance viewing of 12 of Canada’s 13 provincial and territorial Social Assistance programs. Material from Nunavut was not available in time to be included in this paper.
A summary was prepared for each province and territory with input and feedback from government representatives in every jurisdiction. All reports include program descriptions and data on the number of social assistance cases and recipients dating, in most jurisdictions, from 1997 to 2014. The summaries will be updated annually.

Source:
Caledon Institute of Social Policy
http://www.caledoninst.org/

Journée internationale de la femme - Le 8 mars 2015

Les femmes et la pauvreté au Nouveau-Brunswick:
Mise à jour 2015

http://frontnb.ca/uploads/file/Communiqu%C3%A9%20de%20presse,%20%20mars%202015-Final.pdf
Communiqué de presse
Les femmes au Nouveau-Brunswick n’ont pas fait beaucoup de gains en 2014. « Dans l’ensemble, la situation des femmes n’a pas beaucoup changé depuis l’an dernier. Les gains réalisés ne sont pas très impressionnants.

Journée internationale de la femme
Les femmes et la pauvreté au Nouveau-Brunswick
Mise à jour 2015
(PDF - 623Ko., 11 pages)
http://frontnb.ca/uploads/file/Femmes%20et%20pauvret%C3%A9-%20Mise%20%C3%A0%20jour%202015),%204%20mars%202015_final.pdf

Source:
Front commun du Nouveau-Brunswick

http://frontnb.ca/Default.asp/fr

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Women and Poverty [in New Brunswick] : March 8 , International Women's Day
http://frontnb.ca/uploads/file/News%20release%20-March%202015-Final.pdf
News Release
March 8, 2015
On the whole, we can say that women’s situation did not change a lot in the last year. The gains they made were not very impressive

International Women’s Day:
Women and Poverty in New Brunswick
2015 Update
(PDF - 616KB, 9 pages)
http://frontnb.ca/uploads/file/2015%20Women%20and%20Poverty%20-%20Final%20version%20.pdf

Source:
New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice
http://frontnb.ca/Default.asp/en

February/février 27, 2015

Nouveau-Brunswick : Révision stratégique des programmes

Le gouvernement du Nouveau-Brunswick considère que la province est au bord du gouffre et qu’il faut redresser ses finances publiques. Il veut trouver 500 à 600 millions de dollars et a entrepris une consultation publique en vue de la Révision stratégique des programmes. Le Front commun pour la justice sociale lui a fait parvenir un document avec des suggestions.

Le document complet:

Révision stratégique des programmes du Nouveau-Brunswick (PDF - 750Ko., 13 pages)
http://frontnb.ca/uploads/file/R%C3%A9vision%20strat%C3%A9gique%20des%20programmes%20-Pour%20NB_%20(2).pdf
février 2015

Source:
Front commun du Nouveau-Brunswick

http://frontnb.ca/Default.asp/fr

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English version

New Brunswick : Strategic Program Review

The New Brunswick provincial government considers that the province is on the brink of cliff and wants to redress its finances. It wants to find $500 to $600 million and has launched a public consultation process, called the Strategic Program Review. The Common Front for Social Justice has sent it a document with some suggestions.

The complete document:

The Strategic Program Review : Our Suggestions (PDF - 586KB, 13 pages)
http://frontnb.ca/uploads/file/Document-Strategic%20Program%20Review_%20NB%20(2).pdf
February 2015

Source:
NB Common Front for Social Justice Inc.
http://frontnb.ca/Default.asp/en

NEW


Poverty Reduction in NewBrunswick

NOTE: this link takes you to the NB section of the
Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page of this site:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty.htm

Since May 2010, ALL links to content concerning poverty reduction strategies and campaigns have been moved to the above page from the individual provincial/territorial pages, including government and NGO links.


Minimum Wage:

Current and Forthcoming Minimum Hourly Wage Rates for Adult Workers in Canada
- federal govt. site --- the best resource for info on current and upcoming minimum wage levels
Source :
Minimum Wage Database

Minimum wage in New Brunswick - this link takes you further down on the page you're now reading



Hotlinks

The links below will take you directly to the following
New Brunswick government and non-governmental web pages:

Government of New Brunswick Home Page

NOTE: For NB Government Departments and Agencies, click the "Departments" tab along the top of the home page.
Aboriginal Affairs
Social Development
Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour
Health
Finance
Justice
Education and Early Childhood Development
Women's Issues - Executive Council Office

Advisory Council on the Status of Women
Office of the Auditor General
Premier's Council on the Status of Disabled Persons

New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice
Canadian Research Institute for Social Policy
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Human Development Council

Atlantic Institute for Market Studies
Canadaeast.com - Eastern Canada's Information Source
St. Thomas University

Mount Allison University
Université de Moncton
University of New Brunswick

 


New Brunswick
Provincial Election Resources

Source:
Election Almanac
- complete coverage of federal, provincial and territorial elections in Canada including election results, public opinion polls, ridings and candidates, election news, electoral history, links, and more

- Go to the Political Parties and Elections Links in Canada (Provinces and Territories) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/politics_prov_terr.htm

 

Key welfare links

Department responsible for welfare
Social Development

Name of the welfare program
Social Assistance

Legislation
Family Income Security Act

- Family Income Security Regulation

Source:
NB Acts and Regulations

Policy Manual
New Brunswick Welfare Policy Manual + link to legislation 

Welfare statistics
See Social Assistance caseload/beneficiary statistics and expenditure information, 1997 to 2014 - this link takes you to a section of the Key Welfare Links page of this site. UPDATED APRIL 1, 2015
Caseload Trends
Caseload Profile
Caseload and Recipients

Welfare rates (benefits)
Social Assistance Rate Schedules - (See Schedules A, B)
Family Income Security Regulation
- (See Schedules A, B)

Latest search results on Google.ca for
"welfare, -child, -animal, New Brunswick"

- Web search results
- News search results
- Blog search results

Related Links
*
2010-2011 Annual Report, Department of Social Development (PDF - 420K, 65 pages)
* Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation (poverty reduction plan)
* Overcoming Poverty Together (PDF - 1MB, 37 pages) Undated (PDF file dated January 2011)
* Overcoming Poverty Together: The New Brunswick Economic and Social Inclusion Plan (PDF - 100K, 5 pages) - November 13, 2009
* Department of Social Development Annual Report 2008-09 (PDF - 942K, 74 pages) [ links to earlier annual reports and other publications of the Department ]

* Discussion Paper on Social Policy (PDF file - 115K, 20 pages)
- February 1999 <<<=== excellent historical document


For more information about welfare in other Canadian jurisdictions,
see the
Canadian Social Research Links Key Provincial/Territorial Welfare Links page



Government

Government of New Brunswick Home Page
Government Departments and Agencies

[Click the "Departments" tab along the top of the home page]


Public Accounts of New Brunswick

NB Acts and Regulations
- organized alphabetically and consolidated


Poverty Reduction in NewBrunswick

NOTE: this link takes you to the NB section of the
Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page of this site:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty.htm

Since May 2010, ALL links to content concerning poverty reduction strategies and campaigns have been moved to the above page from the individual provincial/territorial pages, including government and NGO links.


DEPARTMENTS, DOCUMENTS


Social Development

Social Assistance
Scroll up on the page you're now reading to the grey box for links to the key welfare resources for NB

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Social assistance rates increase 3 per cent for 'most' clients
Rates for single employable individuals remain the same

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/social-assistance-rates-increase-3-per-cent-for-most-clients-1.2592765
March 31, 2014
Social assistance rates jump 4 per cent for most clients
Province to boost welfare benefits by 7 per cent
Social Development Minister Madeline Dubé
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Basic social assistance rates in New Brunswick will increase by three per cent on Tuesday for "most" clients. The increase, announced last April, will help about 20,000 households, Social Development Minister Madeleine Dubé said in a statement. Rates will remain the same, however, for those who are single and able to work, she said.

Those clients were also exempt from a four per cent increase implemented last October, with their monthly cheques remaining at $537 per month.
The department will also invest $1.3 million effective Oct. 1 to reform social assistance as part of its overall poverty reduction plan, said Dubé.
Part of that money will be used to implement a youth services program with a new rate and benefits structure for people 16 to 18.

It will also be used to:

* Increase the flat wage exemption portion to $500 per month for persons with disabilities.
* Increase the allowable asset limits for life insurance asset, prepaid funeral asset and business assets for all clients and applicants.
* Increase the allowable asset limits for a registered retirement savings plan asset and liquid asset exemptions for clients and applicants with disabilities.

The Department of Social Development invests more than $247 million in programs and services for social assistance clients, which can include health services, employment training and fuel assistance

Source:
CBC News
http://www.cbc.ca/news/



The New Brunswick
Economic and Social Inclusion Plan

Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation (responsible for the poverty reduction plan)

A NOTE CONCERNING POVERTY REDUCTION :
To avoid duplication of links on multiple pages of this site, I've moved most of the links to information about poverty reduction
to the Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page of this site:

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

New Brunswick Social Assistance Reform
http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/social_development/promos/social_assistancereform.html

[All changes to the NB Social Assistance program came into effect in October 2013.]

One of the priority actions in the province’s poverty reduction plan was to reform the social assistance system.
The changes outlined below represent the broadest number of policy changes to the social assistance program since the 1990’s and are expected to have a significant impact on clients.
* Social Assistance Rate Increase
* Wage Exemption Policy
* Shelter Deductions for Disabled Clients
* Social Assistance Rate Schedules
* Household Income Policy
* Income Supplement

Source:
New Brunswick Social Development

http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/social_development.html

The English version follows the French below.
Faisons de la pauvreté un enjeu électoral le 22 septembre 2014
Le 30 avril 2014
Le Front commun pour la justice sociale a lancé une campagne pour Faire de la pauvreté un enjeu électoral lors de l’élection provinciale du 22 septembre 2014. (Les quatre liens ci dessous vous mèneront à des fichiers PDF de petite taille.)
Communiqué de presse:
http://frontnb.ca/uploads/file/TexteConferencede%20presse11avril2014.pdf
Questionnaire à l’intention des partis politiques:
http://frontnb.ca/uploads/file/QuestionnaireElection%20provinciale2014.pdf
Dépliant:
http://frontnb.ca/uploads/file/DpliantBleuFinal.pdf
Carte d’information:
http://frontnb.ca/uploads/file/Information%20CardCartedinformation.pdf
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From the New Brunswick
Common Front for Social Justice:
Make Poverty an Election Issue -Provincial Election, September 22, 2014
April 30, 2014
The Common Front for Social Justice has launched a campaign to Make Poverty an Election Issue in the upcoming September 22, 2014 Provincial Election.
All four links below are to small PDF files.
News Release:
http://frontnb.ca/uploads/file/TextNewsConferenceApril%2011%202014.pdf
April 11, 2014
Questionnaire for Political parties:
http://frontnb.ca/uploads/file/Provincial%20ElectionQuestionnaire2014.pdf
April 2014
Leaflet:
http://frontnb.ca/uploads/file/Leafletbleu%20.pdf
Information card:
http://frontnb.ca/uploads/file/InformationCardCarteinformation.pdf

Source:
New Brunswick
Common Front for Social Justice
http://frontnb.ca/

2010-2011 Annual Report
Department of Social Development
(PDF - 420K, 65 pages)
http://www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Departments/sd-ds/pdf/AnnualReports/Departmental/10-11.pdf

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Earlier annual reports and other publications of the Department

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Changes to Household Income policy introduced
February 17, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The provincial government is improving the Household Income Policy for Department of Social Development clients. Kelly Lamrock, minister of social development, made the announcement today. (...) The new policy, which only applies to clients who were in receipt of assistance as of Jan. 1, represents a $5-million investment this fiscal year. It is an interim measure that will help current clients economically until Social Assistance Reform, including an important and significant overhaul of the Household Income Policy, is complete in mid-2011.

Related links:

Social assistance clients can have roommates: Minister Lamrock
February 17, 2010
The New Brunswick government has stopped penalizing social assistance recipients who have roommates. It has eliminated a decades-old policy that clawed back the benefits of low-income clients who live with someone else to pool their financial resources, Social Development Minister Kelly Lamrock announced Wednesday.
Source:
CBC New Brunswick


The Household Income Policy

FAPO warns Government to keep its hands off Human Rights Act (PDF file - 150K, 1 page)
[ text version ]
December 13, 2004
"The Fredericton Anti-Poverty Organization is warning the Lord government to keeps its hands off an amendment to the NB Human Rights Act (see below for the link to a summary of these amendments) that will allow welfare recipients to live together after January 1st. Dan Weston of the Fredericton Anti-Poverty Organization says the Lord government will have a fight on its hands if it tries to weaken the Human Rights Act by exempting the controversial Economic Unit Policy. He calls the Economic Unit Policy 'the single biggest creator of homelessness in New Brunswick.'"

More on the Economic Unit Policy from FAPO (PDF file - 1.3MB, 2 pages)
October 2002

Source:
Fredericton Anti-Poverty Organization (FAPO)

Related info:

An Act to Amend the Human Rights Act
First Reading : December 9, 2004
Second Reading : December 10, 2004
Source:
New Brunswick Legislative Assembly

To place this into context:

The maximum social assistance payable to a single unemployed man or woman in New Brunswick is $264 per month.
Source:
Social Assistance Rate Schedules
[ Department of Family and Community Services ]

Household Income Policy
"An Economic Household is defined as two or more persons residing together who share the responsibilities of the household, and benefit economically from the sharing of food, shelter and/or facilities. When an Economic Household is determined to exist, FCS will consider it one household, and therefore determine eligibility for only one assistance cheque. FCS determines economic households to exist even though there is no marital, familial, or conjugal relationship among the members of the household. This policy was developed in order to ensure we do not discriminate against people on the basis of gender, marital status, or sexual orientation. The determination of an economic household will often result in assistance being refused, cancelled, or decreased, depending on the particular circumstances."
Source:
Excerpt from the
New Brunswick Social Assistance Policy Manual
[ Department of Family and Community Services ]

Amendments to the Human Rights Act
July 7, 2004
"FREDERICTON (CNB) - The following statement was issued by Alanna Palmer, Chair of the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission.
The Human Rights Commission welcomes the addition of the two new grounds of prohibited discrimination to the New Brunswick Human Rights Act: social condition and political belief or activity. This amendment was passed by the legislature last week and is expected to come into effect on December 31, 2004.
Source:
N.B. Human Rights Commission


Helping New Brunswickers manage home heating costs
The Government of New Brunswick recognizes the need to assist New Brunswickers in need as we enter the winter months. If you are unable to afford the cost of heating your home this winter you may be eligible for one of the programs offered by the Department of Social Development. New Brunswick winters may be cold, but your home doesn`t have to be.

Helping New Brunswickers in Need:

* Fuel supplements - for eligible social assistance clients
* Emergency Fuel Benefit - for New Brunswickers in need
--- Enhanced emergency fuel benefit announced (October 2009)
* Home heating allowance for those in subsidized housing


One-time measures to help welfare recipients
Health benefits will be extended, transitional funding provided to those who go back to work
[NOTE: this link is dead - I'm leaving the text here for your info...]
December 2, 2004
Telegraph-Journal
"The New Brunswick government will soon provide a one-time extension of health benefits and transitional funding for welfare recipients who return to the workforce. The new measures designed to make it easier for individuals to get off welfare will be announced today in the government's throne speech. Premier Bernard Lord said Wednesday the province will provide the extension of provincial health card benefits to people who have been on welfare so they won't lose prescription drug coverage after securing a job. The province will also provide welfare recipients returning to the workforce with one-time funding to assist them with specific costs such as transportation and work clothing."
Source:
canadaeast.com

Related Links:

NB Social Assistance
New Brunswick Welfare Policy Manual
Department of Family and Community Services


Historical Document:

BUILDING TOMORROW TOGETHER 
Discussion Paper on Social Policy
(PDF file - 115K, 20 pages)
- February 1999 

Province-wide consultation "about future directions and underlying values for New Brunswick's social policy." 

Covers a wide range of issues including income assistance, persons with disabilities, human rights. etc. 
Source:
Social Policy Renewal Secretariat


Disability Framework Working Group

Response to final report of N.B. Disability Framework Working Group
News Release
Sept. 5, 2003
"The government's response to the final report of the New Brunswick Disability Framework Working Group was released today by Family and Community Services Minister Tony Huntjens".
Source: Family and Community Services

Response to final report (short summary + links)
"The report contains 24 recommendations to improve services to persons with disabilities, by developing a new disability policy framework. Government accepts in principle the majority of the recommendations. Work will now be carried out toward establishing, through the implementation of pilot projects, a person-centred approach that empowers persons with disabilities to participate as full citizens of New Brunswick."

Response to the Report of the New Brunswick Disability Framework Working Group (PDF file - 205K, 16 pages)
September 2003

Report of the New Brunswick Disability Framework
Working Group (PDF file - 483K, 59 pages)
October 2002

Related Link:

New Disability Framework Working Group for New Brunswick
News Release
Office of the Premier
February 19, 2002


Financial assistance for day care services - New Brunswick
News Release
August 25, 2004
"FREDERICTON (CNB) - Beginning on Sept. 1, more New Brunswick parents will be eligible for funding under the Day Care Assistance Program to access affordable and quality child care. The provincial government reminds parents that significant enhancements have been made to the Day Care Assistance Program. First, the family income threshold for a full day care subsidy has been raised from $15,000 to $22,000 yearly net family income. The government also increased the subsidy rate to $22 per day for children under the age of two, $20 per day for children over the age of two; and $10.75 per day for after-school children. All these changes come into effect on Sept. 1, 2004. (...)
The Day Care Assistance Program is part of the New Brunswick's investments under the Early Learning and Child Care agreement." (bolding added)
Source:
Department of Family and Community Services

Related Links: see the Early Learning and Child Care Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd.htm


Early Childhood Development

New Brunswick Family and Community Services
Early Childhood Development Agenda presented
January 20, 2005
"FREDERICTON (CNB) - Increased funding in day care services in New Brunswick is one of the highlights of the provincial government's fourth report on the Early Childhood Development Agenda, presented today by Family and Community Services Minister Tony Huntjens. '
I am pleased to report that in 2002-2003, we increased funding to improve the working conditions and training of staff in the province's day care centres,' Huntjens said. 'We increased opportunities for children with special needs to attend full-time day care. We also provided funding to improve the health of pregnant women and their newborns, and we supported mothers and young children living in transition houses.'"

Complete report:

Greater Opportunities for New Brunswick Children:
An Early Childhood Development Agenda
Investments and Outcomes(2002–03)
(PDF file - 798K, 35 pages)

Source:
Family and Community Services

Related Links: go to the Government Early Learning and Child Care Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd.htm

Greater Opportunities for New Brunswick Children: An Early Childhood Development Agenda Update - June 2002
(PDF file - 6.9MB, 10 pages)

Second phase of Early Childhood Development Agenda
June 11, 2002
"FREDERICTON (CNB) - Family and Community Services Minister Joan MacAlpine has reconfirmed New Brunswick's commitment to young children and their families. This year, almost $36 million will be spent on programs and activities to support greater opportunities for New Brunswick children. Today the minister announced Phase Two initiatives of the province's Early Childhood Development Agenda."

Greater Opportunities for New Brunswick Children: An Early Childhood Development Agenda
Phase 1: 2001-2002

PDF file - 830K, 11 pages
April 2001 (Modified June 2002)

Prenatal Benefit Program launched - January 17, 2002
This program is one of the initiatives included in the Early Childhood Development Agenda.

Launch of Children's Support Program - Dec. 12, 2001 (...one of seven initiatives of the Early Childhood Development Agenda (ECD) which will invest about $50 million in New Brunswick children over the next five years).

Budget estimates - Family and Community Services - April 10, 2001

Housing Programs and Services
- includes information about housing and shelter assistance programs in New Brunswick

Prenatal Benefit Program launched
Family and Community Services
Jan. 17, 2002
This program is one of the initiatives included in the Early Childhood Development Agenda.

Launch of Children's Support Program
Family and Community Services
Dec. 12, 2001
Women and children who are victims of family violence will be offered new services under the Children's Support Program launched today by the Department of Family and Community Services and the New Brunswick Coalition of Transition Houses. (...) The Children's Support Program is one of seven initiatives of the Early Childhood Development Agenda (ECD) which will invest about $50 million in New Brunswick children over the next five years.

Launch of PolicyLinkNB project
Nov. 16, 2001
FREDERICTON (CNB) -- A group of voluntary organizations in New Brunswick will undertake a project that will focus on building the capacity of the voluntary sector to influence the policies that affect their organizations and the people they represent.

Budget estimates - Family and Community Services
April 10, 2001

Minister's statement / National Child Day
Family and Community Services 
Nov. 20, 2000 
- Includes a list of programs and services implemented over the past few years to assist New Brunswick children and their families. 

Disability supplement for disabled
October 4/00 
Office of the Premier 
Family and Community Services 
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Social assistance clients who are certified disabled will receive additional funding in their social assistance cheques this month.
Full Story...

2000-2001 Budget Estimates
Press Release (06/00) 

Report on child welfare released
News Release 
Family and Community Services 
June 29, 2000 

 Province to receive $2.4 million to fight homelessness - December 23, 1999 
Federal funding to prevent homeless [sic] - December 17, 1999 
Concerted attack on child poverty needed - November 24, 1999
Social assistance reforms must be suited to New Brunswick - Press Release (Sept. 30, 1999) 

Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour

 


The minimum wage debate in New Brunswick:

(The English version follows the French below)

Le salaire minimum au Nouveau-Brunswick devrait être de 10,30 $ l’heure en 2014 (fichier PDF de petite taille)
http://frontnb.ca/uploads/file/Communique%20de%20pressse-salaire%20minimum-final.pdf
Communiqué de presse
Le 9 mai 2014
« La dernière augmentation du salaire minimum était en avril 2012. Depuis, les travailleurs à salaire minimum ont vu leur pouvoir d’achat diminuer en raison de l’inflation. Si nous voulons qu’ils maintiennent le même pouvoir d’achat que celui qu’ils avaient à ce moment-là, il faut une augmentation de 0,30 $ cette année », souligne Rod Hill, professeur d’économie, University of New Brunswick, dans un rapport sur le salaire minimum préparé pour le Front commun pour la justice sociale.

Le rapport complet:

Le salaire minimum au Nouveau-Brunswick:
Rapport préparé pour le Front commun pour la justice sociale
http://frontnb.ca/uploads/file/Salaire%20minimum%20au%20NB-Final.pdf
Par Roderick Hill, Ph. D.
Le 1er mai 2014
(...)
Le rapport décrit d’abord le salaire minimum et les employés rémunérés à salaire minimum au Nouveau-Brunswick. Il examine ensuite les données d’études récentes, menées par des économistes, et portant sur les répercussions des augmentations du salaire minimum, pour finalement justifier les deux principes

L'auteur est professeur d’économie à l'Université du Nouveau-Brunswick
et associé de recherche au Centre canadien de politiques alternatives (Bureau de Nouvelle-Écosse)

Source:
Front commun pour la justice sociale du Nouveu-Brunswick

http://frontnb.ca/Default.asp/fr

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Liens connexes:

Taux courants et futurs du salaire horaire minimum au Canada pour les travailleurs adultes qualifiés
http://srv116.services.gc.ca/dimt-wid/sm-mw/rpt1.aspx?lang=fra

Source:
Service Canada
http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/

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Le salaire minimum fait partie du mandat du
Programme du travail d'Emploi et Développement social Canada.
http://www.labour.gc.ca/eng/home.shtml

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English version:

From the
New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice:

The New Brunswick minimum wage should be $10.30 an hour in 2014 (small PDF file)
http://frontnb.ca/uploads/file/News%20release-Minimum%20Wage-Final.pdf
News Release
May 9, 2014
Workers at minimum wage last had an increase in April 2012. Since then, they have lost purchasing power because of inflation. If we want them to keep the same purchasing power as they had then, they need a $0.30 increase this year.’’ says Rod Hill, Professor of Economics at the University of New Brunswick in a report on the Minimum Wage in New Brunswick prepared for the Common Front for Social Justice.

To prevent the continual erosion by inflation of the purchasing power of the minimum wage, Mr. Hill recommends that New Brunswick follow the lead of many other provinces and adjust the minimum wage annually. This would make year-to-year changes relatively small and predictable; it would be better for both workers and businesses than the current ad hoc approach.

Complete report:

The Minimum Wage in New Brunswick:
Report Prepared for the Common Front for Social Justice
(PDF - 344K, 15 pages)
http://frontnb.ca/uploads/file/NB_Min_Wages_May2014_FINAL.pdf
By Roderick Hill, Ph.D.
1 May 2014

The author is Professor of Economics at the University of New Brunswick and
Research Associate with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - Nova Scotia

Source:
N.B. Common Front for Social Justice, Inc.

http://frontnb.ca/Default.asp/en

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Related link:

Current And Forthcoming Minimum Hourly Wage Rates For Experienced Adult Workers in Canada
http://srv116.services.gc.ca/dimt-wid/sm-mw/rpt1.aspx?lang=eng
Source:
Service Canada
http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/

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The minimum wage is part of
Employment and Social Development Canada's Labour Program.
http://www.labour.gc.ca/eng/home.shtml

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- Go to the Minimum Wage / Living Wage Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/minwage.htm

 

Minimum wage reversal splits opinion
N.B. may have lowest minimum wage in Atlantic Canada on Oct. 1
July 21, 2011
The Progressive Conservative government's decision to postpone the minimum wage increase planned is creating a rift in opinion between business owners and those who were banking on the upcoming raise. New Brunswick's minimum wage was set to increase to $10 from $9.50 per hour on Sept. 1, but Labour Minister Martine Coulombe announced that hike is being shelved until April 1, 2012.
Source:
CBC News New Brunswick

Related links from the
New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice :

Increases in Minimum Wage are not the culprit!
Small and Medium size business analysis is wrong
(PDF - 28K, 2 pages)
New Release
August 17, 2011
[ Version française ]
(...)The main argument put forth by small and medium size business owners are that a higher minimum wage will trigger job losses. The numbers presented in our brief seriously question their affirmation.

The Brief:

The Need for Sustained Increases in the Minimum Wage:
A Brief prepared for Members of the Minimum Wage Board
By The New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice Inc.
(PDF - 355K, 123 pages)
August 2011
[ Version française ]
(...) The Common Front for Social Justice is worried about the possible delay in bringing the minimum wage up to $10, as was recently announced by the N.B. government. This would have an extremely negative impact on the working poor. With the cost of basic necessities such as shelter, food, electricity and home heat heating, one wonders how these people will survive the hardships of winter.

Source:
New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice (NBCFSJ)
[ Version française du site ]
The Common Front for Social Justice is one of the largest democratic and popular organizations in New Brunswick, with close to 75,000 group and individual members. The Common Front brings together individuals as well as local, regional and provincial organizations to work towards the eradication of poverty.

Reaction from the
NB Media Co-Op:

Minimum wage earners subsidizing employers
August 22, 2011
By Jody Dallaire
I know it’s a tough economic year but you would think this would be when we protect the working poor--put them last on the list of those who will be asked to make a sacrifice. You would think we would not target them first. Those at minimum wage in New Brunswick have been asked to subsidize their employers for a few months more. Meanwhile, the corporate tax rate as well as the tax rate of New Brunswickers earning between $74,000 and $121,000, for example, is decreasing by another 1%, and the small business tax rate is set to drop by 0.5%. Instead of the expected wage increase in September, minimum wage workers will not get the promised additional 50 cents per hour until, we are told at this point, next April when, hopefully, it will finally reach $10 per hour, which was the goal awhile back because it was the average in the Atlantic provinces.
Source:
NB Media Co-Op
Independent media by and for New Brunswickers
More now than ever, we need media to be a tool of accountability and democracy. This is impossible when the province's media is almost entirely controlled by one company, which has its own corporate interests at heart, rather than those of the public. We wish to fill that void by making independent media widely accessible to all.
[ About NB Media Co-Op ]

Related links:

Hourly Minimum Wages in CANADA for Adult Workers, 2005 to 2014
- includes links to comparable information for all Canadian jurisdictions back to 1965.
Source:
Minimum Wage Database <=== Click for more minimum wage resources
[ Employment Standards Legislation in Canada ]
[ Labour Program, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada ]
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Press conference following World Day of Social Justice:
Minimum wage in New Brunswick is keeping thousands of workers in poverty
(PDF - 191K, 6 pages)
February 21, 2011
February 20th was proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations as World Day of Social Justice in 2007. By unanimously adopting this day of reflection about “opening up our tents”, the 192 members of the UN recognize that the objective of social development is social justice, solidarity, harmony and equality within and among countries. (...) On this day following World Day of Social Justice, we at the Common Front for Social Justice wish to publicly state that in New Brunswick (N.B.), thousands of workers are living in poverty. Indeed, poor people are getting poorer and rich people are getting richer. The Common Front for Social Justice is concerned about three proposals [concerning the minimum wage] coming mainly from employers in the business sector:
1. Proposal for a different minimum wage for workers in training.
2. Proposal for a lower minimum wage for the food service sector.
3. Proposal for a lower minimum wage for workers under the age of 18.

Source:
Common Front for Social Justice:
[ Front commun pour la justice sociale ]

The Common Front for Social Justice is fighting to build a more humane society based on the respect and dignity of all. We want a New Brunswick without poverty. We want a society which gives each and everyone a decent living, in particular by having a minimum wage and social income on which citizens can live on and not just exist.

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Related links:

Minimum wage hike in
New Brunswick will hurt more than help

Moncton, February 16, 2011
In spite of government's promise to re-examine planned minimum wage hikes, it just confirmed small businesses' worst fear - the minimum wage will increase on April 1st by 50 cents and then on September 1st by another 50 cents to finally reach $10 per hour. This total jump of 10 per cent in one year alone will put New Brunswick in second place tied with the oil-rich Newfoundland and Labrador among all provinces.
Source:
Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)

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From the CBC:

The Other Side of the Minimum Wage Coin (audio podcast interview)
February 15, 2011
"Kevin Steen, president of Damascus Coffee in Riverview, and Real Robichaud, Executive Director of Tourism Industry Association of New Brunswick, talk about the increase of minimum wages and how it will affect the province."
[ Also included in this clip, but curiously omitted from the CBC's description in the above blurb, is a brief exchange with Jean-Claude Basque, Co-chair of the Common Front for Social justice. ]

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Related links:

Minimum Wage : Reframing the Debate (PDF - 4.5MB, 36 pages)
February 2011
Source:
Canadian Federation of Independent Business

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Flogging a Dead Horse:
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) on Minimum Wage

By Andrew Jackson
February 10, 2011
Source:
The Progressive Economics Forum

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Current and Forthcoming Minimum
Hourly Wage Rates for Adult Workers in Canada

Source:
Labour Program, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

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N.B. to raise minimum wage to $10
January 5, 2010
New Brunswick is sticking with its plan to raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour over the next 20 months — with one of the increases coming in the middle of the government's September re-election campaign. But Labour Minister Donald Arseneault said the minimum wage is not about politics. "To bring our minimum wage to the Atlantic average by September 2011 is a priority issue for our province if we are going to reduce the level of poverty in our province," Arseneault said Tuesday. About four per cent of New Brunswick workers earn the minimum wage.
The wage will rise in four steps:
* April 1, 2010: an increase of 25 cents to $8.50 per hour.
* Sept. 1, 2010, an increase of 50 cents to $9 per hour.
* April 1, 2011: an increase of 50 cents to $9.50 per hour.
* Sept. 1, 2011: an increase of 50 cents to $10 per hour.
Source:
CBC New Brunswick

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How does that compare
with other Canadian jurisdictions?

Current And Forthcoming Minimum Hourly Wage Rates For Adult Workers in Canada
(this is the BEST resource for info on current and upcoming minimum wage levels by province/territory)

Minimum Hourly Wages for Canadian Adult Workers since 1965
This information is broken up into five files - one for each decade.
The link above takes you to the latest decade (2005 to 2014); click the date links at the top of the page for pages for earlier decades.

NOTE: Several other jurisdictions have either recently increased their minimum wage level or will be doing so in the coming months.
Highlights:
* Newfoundland and Labrador increased its minimum wage from $9.00 to $9.50 as of January 1.
* Nova Scotia will increase its minimum wage twice this year - in April and October. The current level is $8.60, increasing to $9.65 as of October.
* Ontario's minimum wage, currently $9.50, will increase to $10.25 at the end of March.
* Since 2007, Yukon increases its minimum wage each April to match increase in the Consumer Price Index for the City of Whitehorse.
For more information, see Minimum Hourly Wages, 2005-2014 (this is the same link as above)

Source:
Minimum Wage Database
[ Employment Standards Legislation in Canada ]
[ Labour Program, Human Resources and Social Development Canada ]

- Go to the Minimum Wage /Living Wage Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/minwage.htm


Health

NOTE : The English version of the following appears below the French.

Le régime médicaments du Nouveau-Brunswick
http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/fr/ministeres/sante/AssurancemaladiesMedicaments/Le_regime_medicaments_du_N-B.html
Le Régime médicaments du Nouveau-Brunswick permet aux Néo-Brunswickois d’éviter les coûts des médicaments onéreux et d’assurer que tous les Néo-Brunswickois aient accès à une assurance-médicaments sur ordonnance. C’est le bon régime pour la province et pour tous les Néo-Brunswickois, maintenant et à l’avenir.
Le régime couvre les médicaments inscrits au formulaire du Plan de médicaments sur ordonnance du Nouveau-Brunswick [ http://goo.gl/xKJXVw ]. Il n’y a aucune franchise, et personne ne se verra refuser la couverture du régime en raison de son âge, de son sexe ou de problèmes de santé préexistants.

Le régime médicaments du Nouveau-Brunswick sera mis en œuvre en deux phases. La première phase a commencé le 1er mai. Les Néo-Brunswickois qui ont une carte d'assurance-maladie valide peuvent maintenant adhérer au régime.

Source:
Ministère de la Santé du Nouveau-Brunswick
http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/fr/ministeres/sante.html

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Réaction du Front commun pour la justice sociale
du Nouveau-Brunswick:

Le Régime médicaments du Nouveau-Brunswick
Le 1er mai 2014
La majorité des citoyens du Nouveau-Brunswick est couverte par un régime de médicaments privé ou public. Cependant, plus de 70 000 familles n’ont pas de régime d’assurance médicaments; ceci représente à peu près 150 000 personnes, ou un cinquième de la population de la province. Cette année, l’adhésion au Régime médicaments est sur une base volontaire, mais le 1 avril 2015, il sera obligatoire pour tous ceux qui n’ont pas une assurance privée ou un régime d’assurance offert par l’employeur. La majorité des citoyens qui ont besoin du Régime médicaments auront de la difficulté à payer la prime mensuelle et la quote-part pour chaque prescription. Les employeurs qui n’ont pas de régime d’assurance sur leur lieu de travail refusent de contribuer au régime, laissant ainsi le gouvernement et les citoyens à payer toute la note. Le Front commun à une solution.

Document complet (PDF - 284K, 5 pages)
http://frontnb.ca/uploads/file/R%C3%A9gime%20m%C3%A9dicaments%20du%20NB_%20Final.pdf

Source:
Front commun pour la justice sociale du Nouveau-Brunswick

http://frontnb.ca/Default.asp/fr

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The New Brunswick Drug Plan
http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/health/MedicarePrescriptionDrugPlan/NBDrugPlan.html
The New Brunswick Drug Plan can help New Brunswickers avoid catastrophic drug costs and ensure that prescription drug insurance is available to every New Brunswicker. It’s the right plan for the province, and for all New Brunswickers, today and tomorrow.

The plan covers drugs listed on the New Brunswick Drug Plan formulary [ http://goo.gl/xKJXVw ]. There is no deductible and coverage will not be denied because of age, gender or pre-existing medical conditions. The New Brunswick Drug Plan will be implemented in two phases. Phase one begins on May 1, 2014, however, New Brunswickers with a valid Medicare card can enrol in the plan.

Source:
New Brunswick Department of Health
http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/health.html

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From the
New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice:

The New Brunswick Drug Plan
May 1, 2014
Currently, a majority of New Brunswick citizens are covered by either a public or a private drug insurance plan. However, more than 70,000 families do not have a prescription drug insurance plan; this represents approximately 150,000 persons, or one-fifth of the province’s total population. The participation in the Drug Plan is voluntary this year, but will be mandatory April 1, 2015 for all those who don’t have a qualify private plan or a workplace plan. The majority of citizens who need this Drug Plan have low income and will be hard pressed to pay the monthly premium and the co-payment for each prescription. Businesses that don’t have a drug plan at their workplace and don’t want to contribute to the Plan leave the government and citizens to foot the bill. The NB Common Front has a solution to this situation.

Complete document
http://frontnb.ca/uploads/file/NB%20Drug%20Plan_Final(3)(1).pdf (small PDF file - 5 pages)

Source:
New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice

http://frontnb.ca/Default.asp/en

Finance
HOME PAGE
Budget Documents

 

From the
New Brunswick Dept. of Finance:

http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/finance.html

2014-15 budget freezing taxes, reducing deficit, making strategic investments
http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/news/news_release.2014.02.0116.html
February 4, 2014
News Release & Highlights
The provincial government tabled its 2014-15 capital and operating budgets today. They reduce the provincial deficit, freeze taxes and provide strategic investments in programs, infrastructure and innovation. The operating budget includes a clear, multi-year plan to return to balanced budgets by 2017-18. (...) For 2014-15, the provincial government is projecting a deficit of $391 million, down from $564 million at third quarter in 2013-14. Revenues are expected to increase by 4.3 per cent in 2014-15 from 2013-14 third-quarter estimates, surpassing $8 billion.
(...)
Cost-saving measures will allow for new investments in 2014-15, including:
----- social assistance rates will be increased a further three per cent this April after being increased by four per cent last fall;
----- $27 million for the New Brunswick Drug Plan, which will provide affordable drug insurance to 70,000 families with no drug coverage;
----- $7.2 million for the new Home First Strategy, designed to help improve seniors' health and keep them in their own homes longer than before;
----- funding for those living with and supporting adult children with disabilities;
----- More...
[Click the link above for more detailed figures.]

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2014-2015 Budget - Main page
http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/finance/budget/2014-2015/budget.html
- incl. links to budget documents, some of which appear below.
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Version française:

http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/fr/ministeres/finances/budget/2014-2015/budget.html
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Budget Speech (PDF - 1.1MB, 31 pages)
http://www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Departments/fin/pdf/Budget/2014-2015/2014-2015Budget.pdf

2014-2015 Economic Outlook (PDF - 300K, 12 pages)
http://www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Departments/fin/pdf/Budget/2014-2015/EconomicOutlook2014-2015.pdf

2014-2015 Main Estimates (PDF - 1MB, 291 pages)
http://www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Departments/fin/pdf/Budget/2014-2015/MainEstimates2014-2015BudgetPrincipal.pdf

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Budgets for earlier years:
http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/finance/budget.html
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Version française:

http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/fr/ministeres/finances/budget.html

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From the CBC:

Provincial Budget 2014
Blaine Higgs pushes back balanced budget to 2018
http://www.cbc.ca/nb/features/budget2014/
New Brunswick's debt to cross $12B threshhold next year, as book-balancing falls behind schedule

Taxes, fees left alone as budget holds line on spending
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/taxes-fees-left-alone-as-budget-holds-line-on-spending-1.2522801
Capital spending on roads, hospitals, schools and other projects sees only $35M in new money
February 4, 2014
Finance Minister Blaine Higgs limited new spending in his capital budget for 2014-15 to just $35 million for improvements to roads, hospital and schools.The scarcity of new money for major projects comes despite this being an election year, with New Brunswickers set to go to the polls on Sept. 22.

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From
TD Bank Economics:

New Brunswick generates a deficit elimination timetable (PDF - 269K, 3 pages)
http://www.td.com/document/PDF/economics/budgets/NB2014.pdf

Source:
Federal and Provincial Budgets
http://www.td.com/economics/analysis/canada/public-policy-government-finances/gov-finances.jsp
TD Economics
http://www.td.com/economics/about-td-economics/about.jsp

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[The English version follows the French below.]

Proposal for 2014-2015 Provincial Budget (PDF - 352K, 11 pages)
http://frontnb.ca/uploads/file/Brief-%20Blaine%20Higgs,%202014-15%20Budget_1(1).pdf
January 6, /2014
The New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice has made some concrete proposals for the upcoming Provincial Budget.

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Propositions pour le Budget provincial 2014-2015 (PDF - 403Ko., 12 pages)
http://frontnb.ca/uploads/file/M%C3%A9moire%20Blaine%20Higgs%202014-2015.pdf
Le 6 janvier 2014
Le Front commun pour la justice sociale du Nouveau-Brunswick a fait des propositions pour le prochain Budget provincial de 2014-2015.

Source:
Front commun pour la justice sociale du Nouveau-Brunswick

http://frontnb.ca/

New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice Inc.
http://frontnb.ca/Default.asp/en


NOTE: On this page, you'll find information about the latest provincial budget only.

To avoid unnecessary duplication of budget links on multiple pages, I've moved links to all earlier budgets over to the pages below, organized by fiscal year. The pages below include links to media analysis and selected critique from NGOs on the budgets, and the amount of coverage varies across jurisdictions and over the years.

Go to Canadian Government Budgets 2013
Go to Canadian Government Budgets 2012
Go to Canadian Government Budgets 2011
Go to Canadian Government Budgets 2010
Go to Canadian Government Budgets 2009
Go to Canadian Government Budgets 2008

Go to Canadian Government Budgets 2007
Go to Canadian Government Budgets 2006
Go to Canadian Government Budgets 2005
Go to Canadian Government Budgets 2004

 

Department of Justice 
HOME PAGE

NB Acts and Regulations
- organized alphabetically

Social Condition added to Human Rights Act - New Brunswick
On June 30, 2004 the New Brunswick government passed an amendment to the New Brunswick Human Rights Act to include "social condition" as a protected ground in the Act. Throughout the Act all relevant sections will be amended striking out "or sex" and substituting ", sex, social condition, political belief or activity".
See the New Brunswick government website for a listing of the amended sections.
Source:
PovNet
See also:
Province to restore legal aid services
(NB Govt.)

Elections New Brunswick
http://www.electionsnb.ca/

New Brunswick provincial election : September 22, 2014

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

New Brunswick Provincial Election - September 22, 2014
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/new-brunswick-votes-2014
New Brunswick voters will be going to the polls on Sept. 22 to elect members to the Legislative Assembly.

CBC New Brunswick Voter Toolkit
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/new-brunswick-votes-2014/voter-toolkit-how-and-when-to-vote-1.2733597
- includes links to resources and contact information to make the voting process easier.

Compare party platforms
Mix and match platform promises and see which party most closely reflects your values
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/new-brunswick-votes-2014/features/compare-party-platforms-1.2759697
By Daniel Mchardie
July 21, 2014
- includes party policies and promises in the areas of : Energy - Health - Taxes - Jobs - Shale gas - Deficit

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From the New Brunswick
Common Front for Social Justice:
http://www.frontnb.ca/

Party Platforms (small PDF files):
[NOTA : Tous les textes du Front commun pour la justice sociale ci-dessous sont disponibles en français --- voir les liens à la page d'accueil:
http://www.frontnb.ca/ ]

* NB Provincial Elections-2014. The NDP and Poverty - 9/10/2014
http://frontnb.ca/uploads/file/NDP%20Platform%20and%20Poverty.pdf
The NDP has no proposal to increase basic social assistance rates for citizens living on social assistance. They are proposing instead to strengthen the Poverty
Reduction Plan by immediately setting clear targets.

* NB Provincial Elections-2014- Liberals and Poverty - 9/10/2014
http://frontnb.ca/uploads/file/Liberal%20Party%20and%20their%20Electoral%20Platform.pdf
The Liberal Party has a very good proposal on minimum wage, income tax for rich individuals and corporations, but some of their other proposals will not help to reduce poverty.

* NB Provincial Elections-2014- People's Alliance of NB Electoral Platform - 9/9/2014
The People's Alliance of NB Electoral Platform has no proposals in it to reduce poverty. It is as if poverty which affect thousands of citizens does not exist.

* NB Provincial Elections-2014. The PC Electoral Platform and Poverty - 9/9/2014
http://frontnb.ca/uploads/file/PC%20Electoral%20Platform.pdf
The Progressive Conservative Party has no proposal of any increase in the basic social assistance rates, which are some of the lowest in the country. The PC is supporting the Poverty Reduction Plan, but this new plan has no real teeth to it and not even a timetable to implement its feeble recommendations.

* NB Provincial Elections-2014- NB Green Party and Poverty - 9/9/2014
http://frontnb.ca/uploads/file/-Green%20Party%20Platform%20and%20Poverty.pdf
The Green Party is the first political party that is talking about increasing basic rates for social assistance recipients. We hope that the other political parties will propose something to help the thousands of men, women and children who are living below the poverty line.

* Election NB- 2014 -Anything but an Aggressive Poverty Reduction Strategy - 9/4/2014
http://frontnb.ca/uploads/file/News%20release-%20NDP%20Poverty%20Stategy.pdf
September 3, 2014
Moncton- Anything but an Aggressive Poverty Reduction Strategy!
‘’Yesterday, the NDP announced its Aggressive Poverty Reduction Strategy. It is anything but a strategy. At most, it is a small piece of the pie’’ says Pauline Richard, co-chair of the NB Common Front for Social Justice.

* Analysis of the 2010 Provincial Elections - 9/4/2014
http://frontnb.ca/uploads/file/Analysis%20of%20the%202010NB%20Provincial%20Election.pdf
Analysis of the 2010 Provincial Élections. Twenty-six ridings were won with a majority of less than 1,200 votes. You may want to know which ones they were!

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- Go to the Political Parties and Elections Links in Canada (Provinces and Territories) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/politics_prov_terr.htm

Elections 2014- Is Poverty Reduction a priority for political parties?
The New Brunswick Province has a Poverty Reduction Strategy in place since 2009.
There will be a Provincial Election, September 22, 2014 and the NB Common for Social Justice wanted to know what concrete actions each policial party was proposing in their upcoming electoral platform to reduce poverty. We sent them a 10-points questionnaire and we want to share their answers wit you.

The News Release, Questionnaire, Summary and Full report are available on the NBCFSJ web site at
http://www.frontnb.ca/

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Nouveau-Brunswick

Élections 2014- La réduction de la pauvreté est-elle une priorité des partis politiques?
La province du Nouveau-Brusnwick a mis en place, en 2009, une stratégie pour réduire la pauvreté. La province va tenir des élections le 22 septembre 2014 et le Front commun pour la justice sociale du Nouveau-Brusnwick voulait savoir quelles actions concrètes chaque parti politique allait proposer dans leur prochaine plateforme électorale pour réduire la pauvreté. Nous leur avons envoyé un Questionnaire comprenant 10 questions et nous voulons partager leurs réponses avec vous..

Vous pouvez consulter le communiqué de presse, le questionnaire, le sommaire exécutif et le rapport au complet sur le site web du FCJSNB au
http://www.frontnb.ca/

Office of the Auditor General
HOME PAGE
Auditor-General's Reports (1995 to 2002) 
1996 Report - incl. chapter on Andersen Consulting 
1998 Report - incl. chapter on the NB Case System (Andersen Consulting)
NOTE: there's a section in each report entitled "Follow-up on Prior Years' Audit Work" - you'll find references to Andersen Consulting in this section for most years

Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
HOME PAGE

Executive Council Office

Women's Issues

New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women
- incl. links to : What's New - Issues - Documents - Who We Are / Contacts - Talent Banks & Groups
NOTE: the Documents section contains links to over two dozen reports on women and health, early childhood services, history and pay equity

Sample reports:

Employment Insurance and Women: What You Should Know (PDF - 130K, 6 pages)
[* includes links to nearly three dozen online resources]
April 2009
Table of contents:
1. Fewer Women Qualify
2. Accumulating Those Magic Hours
3. When Caring Conflicts With Work
4. Women’s Benefits Are Low
5. Inadequate Sickness Benefits
6. A Poor Plan For Parents
7. Quebec Parents Have It
8. Inadequate Caregiving Leave
9. What Women Want
10. In Support of Effective Policies

Life on Social Assistance in New Brunswick, or
"If Welfare Owns You, You Can't Do Nothing"
(PDF file - 330K, 57 pages)
Ysabel Provencher & Chantal Bourassa, Action Research Laboratory, School of Social Work, Université de Moncton
July 2005
"The two general objectives of the study were to gain a better understanding of (1) the reality of Francophone social assistance recipients in New Brunswick, and (2) the successes and difficulties encountered in implementing the new mechanisms, policies, and programs associated with the 1995 reform of the social assistance system. The findings of this study arose from a series of five group interviews conducted with Francophone social assistance recipients in the southeastern and northern regions of the province in the summer and fall of 2004. (...)We describe a few aspects of the social assistance system (income levels, programs and benefit rates, eligibility procedures) and present a few characteristics of the provincial profile of social assistance recipients (number of households on social assistance, distribution of recipients by type of household and benefit rate). "
- highly recommended, excellent resource on welfare reforms in New Brunswick!

Women's List - Federal Election 2008
September 2008
Issues of importance to Canadian women’s equality in the 2008 federal election:

* Deliver on the constitutional promise of equality
* Ensure equal rights for Aboriginal women
* Fund quality early childhood care & education
* Ensure a livable income
* Commit to affordable housing
* Eliminate violence against women
* Ensure access to justice
* Improve maternity & parental benefits
* Act for women’s health
* Increase female political representation

Click the Women's List link for a collection of over 120 individual resources related to the above list of issues.
[Some of this info is specific to NB]
NOTE: Never mind the federal election --- I highly recommend this resource as a primer on women's issues in Canada!

Poverty is everybody's business in N.B.
October 2, 2008
By Elsie Hambrook
Nasty prejudices still get in the way of concerted action on poverty. Some people paint all the poor with the same brush. They think the poor are "lazy" or "irresponsible", that if they made different choices, worked harder or "smarter", they could pull themselves out of poverty. Denial is also a stumbling block, as in "I'd never go on welfare, it'll never happen to me." The reality is that many people work full-time but earn less than the poverty line, juggle part-time or seasonal jobs, education and training along with family responsibilities and still can't make ends meet. For some New Brunswickers, poverty is as close as a few missed paycheques, the result of a separation or divorce for women, or of an illness or disability that strikes before the Old Age Pension kicks in.
Source:
Times & Transcript
[ Author Elsie Hambrook is the new Chairperson of the
New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women ]

Shouldn't we have a plan to reduce poverty?
A Woman's View
(PDF - 63K, 2 pages)
We should be hard-headed about poverty in New Brunswick – “hard-headed” as in focussed and scientific about finding and doing what works to eliminate poverty. Some current poverty programs, here and in other jurisdictions, may have the effect of keeping people poor, for all the care that goes into what gets called a “poverty program”. What is worse, effective programs may be undone by other initiatives, given the lack of coordination and of monitoring.
From the column by Ginette Petitpas-Taylor
Former Chairperson of the
New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women
in the Times & Transcript, July 17, 2008.

2004 Report Card on the Status of Women in New Brunswick
March 8, 2004
"Fully 75% of New Brunswick women with preschoolers were in the labour force in 2002, a jump from 70% the previous year. The 2004 Report Card on the Status of Women in N.B. released today by the Advisory Council on the Status of Women notes that N.B. has a higher rate than the Canadian average of 70% for women with preschoolers. The majority (60%) of lone mothers with preschoolers were also out working for pay in N.B. in 2002."
2004 Report Card (PDF file - 1.76MB, 76 pages)
Poster (PDF file - 179K, 1 page)
[ Women's Issues ]
[ Executive Council Office ]

Minister releases wage gap report
New Brunswick Status of Women
News Release
December 5, 2003
"The final report of the New Brunswick wage gap round table was released today by Training and Employment Development Minister Margaret-Ann Blaney, Minister responsible for the Status of Women. The report recommends that the government lead a five-year action plan consisting of voluntary measures to address the wage gap in the public and private sectors."
Complete report:
Closing New Brunswick’s Wage Gap:
An Economic Imperative
- PDF file (1.5MB, 101 pages)

2002 Report Card on the Status of Women in New Brunswick
March 2002
"A statistical profile of women in New Brunswick: Population, Education and Training, Income and Poverty, Family Responsibilities, Labour Force, Violence, Positions of Influence, Provincial Government Employees."


Other New Brunswick Sites
(NOTE : Links are added mostly in reverse chronological order, with the most recent additions at the top.)

New Brunswick Child Poverty Report Card for 2014

A quarter of a century and not much change:
2014 New Brunswick Child Poverty Report Card
(PDF - 7.5MB, 16 pages)
http://www.campaign2000.ca/anniversaryreport/NBRC2014.pdf
November 24, 2014
In 1989, when the resolution was passed, 1,066,150 children (15.8%) in Canada lived in poverty. In 2012, both the number and percentage of children living in poverty had increased – to 1,340,530 (19.2%). The child poverty rate in New Brunswick has increased from 19.8% in 1989 to 21.0% in 2012—more than 29,000 children live in poverty in our province.
(Source: Report, page 3)

Source:
Human Development Council
http://www.sjhdc.ca/
The Human Development Council identifies and addresses social issues in Greater Saint John through research, information, coordination and networking.

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The complete national child poverty report card:

Child Poverty 25 Years Later : We Can Fix This
2014 Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Canada
(PDF - 744KB, 12 pages)
http://www.campaign2000.ca/anniversaryreport/CanadaRC2014EN.pdf
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[ Version française :
http://www.campaign2000.ca/anniversaryreport/CanadaRC2014FR.pdf ]

Source:
Campaign 2000
http://www.campaign2000.ca/
Campaign 2000 is a non-partisan, cross-Canada network of 120 national, provincial and community partner organizations committed to working to end child and family poverty.

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- For similar reports from other participating jurisdictions,
go to the Campaign 2000 Child Poverty Report Card Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/campaign_2000_child_poverty.htm

Vital Signs Reports paint a stark picture of youth unemployment across Canada
http://rabble.ca/news/2014/10/vital-signs-reports-paint-stark-picture-youth-unemployment-across-canada
October 8, 2014
By Ella Bedard
Stability is not in the cards for Canadian workers, with young workers particularly affected, according to this year's Vital Signs Reports from the Community Foundations of Canada. The first Vital Signs was produced by the Toronto Community Foundation in 2001. It assembled local research and national data to paint a broad strokes picture of community health. Since its inception the Vitals project has expanded to include a total of 49 Canadian communities big and small, who have produced reports or are acting on findings from previous reports.

Source:
rabble.ca

http://rabble.ca

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From
VitalSigns:

27 communities across Canada launch quality-of-life reports on October 7
http://www.vitalsignscanada.ca/en/blog-387-27-communities-across-canada-launch-quality
(Ottawa, ON) Sept. 30, 2014 – Community foundations in 27 communities across Canada are releasing their Vital Signs 2014 reports on Tuesday, October 7. Vital Signs is an annual community check-up conducted by community foundations across Canada that provides a comprehensive look at how our communities are faring in key quality-of-life areas.

Local Reports:
http://www.vitalsignscanada.ca/en/localreports
Here, you'll find links to all of the local reports released on October 7, 2014.
A total of 49 community foundations are involved in the Vital Signs program – either producing a report or acting on the findings of previous reports.
The communities releasing Vital Signs reports in 2014 are:

* British Columbia: Abbotsford, Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve Region, Golden, Nanaimo, Phoenix (Grand Forks), Shuswap, Squamish, Sunshine Coast, Surrey, Victoria
* Alberta: Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta, Southeastern Alberta
* Saskatchewan: Regina
* Manitoba: Winnipeg
* Ontario: Huronia (Simcoe County), Kingston, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Peterborough, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor
* Atlantic provinces: Fredericton, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia

Vital Signs
http://www.vitalsignscanada.ca/en/home
Vital Signs is a community check-up conducted by community foundations across Canada. Each Vital Signs report measures the vitality of its community in key areas, providing the community with critical information that can help set priorities and identify opportunities for action

Community Foundations of Canada
http://www.cfc-fcc.ca/

July 16, 2014
New Brunswick Wage Rate Survey, 2013/2014
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140714/dq140714a-eng.htm
There were large variations in wages across occupations in New Brunswick in 2013/2014. Of the occupations surveyed, the ones with the highest average hourly wage included dentists ($69.94), university professors and lecturers ($53.32) and pharmacists ($47.40).

The lowest paying occupations surveyed had hourly average wages below $13. These were home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations ($12.52); chefs ($12.67); estheticians, electrologists and related occupations ($12.67); as well as family, marriage and other related counsellors ($12.95).

Related subjects:

Labour
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2621&id=2621&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Hours of work and work arrangements
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2621&id=311&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Wages, salaries and other earnings
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2621&id=238&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Source:
Statistics Canada
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/start-debut-eng.html

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From the
N.B. Common Front for Social Justice, Inc.:

Limited Revenue?
If yes, where to shop?
(small PDF file - 2 pages)
http://frontnb.ca/uploads/file/New%20release_2_.pdf
News release
December 19, 2013
The Common Front for Social Justice is unveiling its report today: Limited revenue? If yes, where to shop?
The report is the result of a month long survey at the three major food chain stores in the Greater Moncton region [ Sobeys, Co-op and Atlantic Superstore ], researching the cost of the 67 foods items featured in the Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide [ http://goo.gl/r2Q5 ].
Co-op is where the cost of the nutritious food basket for the 67 items is least expensive ($259.56) followed by Atlantic Superstore ($268.61) and Sobeys ($271.97).

The Common Front for Social Justice has also analysed the cost of the food basket for four households; a family of four at Minimum Wage, a single parent with one child receiving social assistance and a single man receiving social assistance and a senior. According to the Common Front : "Eating well for the first three households would mean spending 50 % of their monthly revenue, an impossibility. This is certainly one of the reasons why food banks have seen an increase in their numbers."

The Common Front for Social Justice is making a series of recommendations, one of which is to have more vegetables and fruits on sale.

Complete report:

Limited Revenue?
If yes, where to shop?
(PDF - 828K, 15 pages)
http://frontnb.ca/uploads/file/Limited%20revenue_%20If%20yes,%20where%20to%20shop.pdf

Source:
N.B. Common Front for Social Justice, Inc.
http://www.frontnb.ca/

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Nouvelle recherche du
Front commun pour la justice sociale du Nouveau-Brunswick inc.

Revenu limité? Si oui, où magasiner?

http://frontnb.ca/uploads/file/Communiqu%C3%A9%20de%20presse-Enqu%C3%AAte%20nourriture.pdf
Communiqué de presse
Le 19 décembre 2013
Le Front commun dévoile aujourd’hui le rapport : Revenu limité? Si oui, où magasiner?
Ce rapport est le résultat réalisé pendant le mois de novembre sur les 67 aliments du panier d’aliments nutritifs du Guide alimentaire canadien.dans les trois chaînes de magasins d’alimentation de la grande région de Moncton ``Le magasin CO-OP est celui où le panier de provisions nutiritf est le moins dispendieux (259,56 $) , suivi de Atlantic Superstore (268,81 $) et enfin Sobeys (271,97 $).

Le Front commun a (également) analysé le coût de l’alimentation pour certains ménages soit une famille de quatre personnes au salaire minimum, une mère monoparentale
avec un enfant et un homme seul recevant du bien-être social et enfin une femme âgée. Bien se nourrir exigerait que les trois premiers ménages dépensent près de 50
% de leur budget mensuel pour bien se nourrir; une impossibilité. C’est une des raisons majeures qui explique (pourquoi) la fréquentation aux banques alimentaires est en croissance dans notre province.

Le Front commun pour la justice sociale fait des recommandations dans le rapport, entre autres pour une augmentation du nombre de ventes dans les aliments comme les légumes et les fruits.

Étude complète :

Revenu limité? Si oui, où magasiner? (PDF - 796Ko., 16 pages)
http://frontnb.ca/uploads/file/Revenu%20limit%C3%A9,%20si%20oui,%20o%C3%B9%20magasiner-1.pdf

Source:
Front commun pour la justice sociale du Nouveau-Brunswick inc.



2013 Report Cards on Child and Family Poverty- November 26
(From Campaign 2000)

Campaign 2000 and Its Regional Partners Release
New 2013 Report Cards on Child and Family Poverty
http://www.campaign2000.ca/
November 26, 2013
Campaign 2000’s annual Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Canada was released on Tuesday, November 26th in Ottawa. This year marks 24 years since the unanimous House of Commons’ resolution to end child poverty in Canada by 2000 and four years after the entire House of Commons voted “to develop an immediate plan to end poverty for all in Canada.”

National report card:

The 2013 national report card, entitled Canada’s REAL Economic Action Plan Begins with Poverty Eradication, highlights the compelling reasons why the federal government needs to take leadership. It presents the latest statistics on child and family poverty and makes recommendations for all political parties. Federal party leaders have been invited to respond to the report card.

Canada’s REAL Economic Action Plan Begins with Poverty Eradication:
2013 Report card on Child and Familkiuy Poverty in Canada
(PDF - 3MB, 22 pages)
http://www.campaign2000.ca/reportCards/national/2013C2000NATIONALREPORTCARDNOV26.pdf
[ Version française:
http://www.campaign2000.ca/reportCards/national/2013NationalReportCardNov26French.pdf ]

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Provincial report cards:

On the same day as the national report card was released, several of Campaign 2000 regional partner organizations released their provincial report cards on child and family poverty as well, including:
* Vancouver, BC
* Edmonton, Alberta
* Calgary, Alberta
* Toronto, Ontario
* Saint John, New Brunswick
* Halifax, Nova Scotia

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New Brunswick

Where’s the Data?
2013 New Brunswick Report Card on Child and Family Poverty, 2013
(PDF - 4.1MB, 18 pages)
http://www.campaign2000.ca/reportCards/provincial/New%20Brunswick/2013ChildPovertyReportCard.pdf
By Randy Hatfield
November 2013
It has always been a challenge to report child poverty rates in New Brunswick. Our small population means that sampling techniques used by Statistics Canada result in rates that often are not statistically reliable. Over the years we have used the poverty measure – whether the Low Income Cut O? (LICO) before or after tax, the Market Basket Measure (MBM) or the Low Income Measure (LIM) - which o?ers the most dependable number. Last year, for example, we reported the LIM; the year before it was LICO.

This year we are unable to offer any number.
All of the poverty measures available from Statistics Canada’s Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics for New Brunswick are accompanied by an “E”, which is the lowest grade, and indicates a warning to “use with caution”.
[Bolding and red text are from the original.]

Our ability to relay reliable data was further eroded with the 2011 switch from a mandatory long form census questionnaire to a voluntary National Household Survey (NHS).

Source:
Human Development Council
http://sjhdc.ca/

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NOTE : For links to the reports on child poverty from Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto and Halifax,
go to : http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnngo.htm#2013_report_card_child_poverty

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Join us and take e-action to send a message to our Prime Minister and all the federal party leaders today.
Click here to send a letter : http://www.makepovertyhistory.ca/act/where-s-our-federal-poverty-eradication-plan

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Related online resource:

A history of inaction (PDF infographic [English and French] - 19.7MB, 2 pages)
http://www.campaign2000.ca/reportCards/national/2013C2000INFOGRAPHIC_FULL%20COLOUR.pdf
- incl. timelines and potential outcomes
[HUMONGOUS FILE ALERT!]

Source:
Campaign 2000
http://www.campaign2000.ca/
Campaign 2000 is a non-partisan, cross-Canada coalition of more than 120 national, provincial and community organizations committed to working together to end child and family poverty in Canada, over 70 of which are from Ontario.


Fact Sheets : 2013-2018 Renewal of NB Poverty Reduction Plan
September 13, 2013

The New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice has published a series of Fact Sheets with proposals to reduce poverty.

Fact Sheets
http://www.frontnb.ca/default.asp?id=127
September 2013
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[NOTE : The fact sheet links are in the paragraph under "Did you know?" - move your cursor over the text to find the links.]
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Click the link above to access a collection of 10 short PDF files (one or two pages each) on the following topics:
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Basic welfare rates
* Food banks
* Seniors
* Taxation
* Minimum Wage
* Child Care
* Drug Plan
* Pay Equity
* Home support workers
* Disability

Source:
New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice

http://www.frontnb.ca/
The Common Front for Social Justice is fighting to build a more human society based on the respect and dignity of all. We want a New Brunswick without poverty. We want a society which give each and everyone a decent living, in particular by having a minimum wage and social income on which citizens can to live on and not just exist.

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Fiches d'information
Version française
http://www.frontnb.ca/default.asp?id=127
Pour la version française de cette collection de fiches d'information, cliquez le lien ci-dessus, ensuite cliquez le lien vers le site en français (coin droit, haut de la page). Les liens vers chacune des fiches se trouvent dans le paragraphe "Saviez-vous?". Les fiches touchent le sujets suivants :
Banques alimentaires - Taux de base de l'assistance sociale - Impôts - Salaire minimum - Aînés - Garderies - Invalidités - .Assurance-médicaments - Aides familiales - Équité salariale.

Source:
Front commun pour la justice sociale
du Nouveau-Brunswick inc.
http://www.frontnb.ca/Default.asp

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- Go to the Provincial and Territorial Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty.htm

From the
New Brunswick Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation:

Progress report on poverty reduction plan released
http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/esic/news/news_release.2013.06.0560.html
14 June 2013
News Release
FREDERICTON (GNB) – The third progress report on the poverty reduction plan, Overcoming Poverty Together: The New Brunswick Economic and Social Inclusion Plan, was released today by the Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation.
(...)
The update, which covers the period from April 1, 2011, to March 31, 2013, consists of a general report on Overcoming Poverty Together; a report on the activities and projects undertaken by the community inclusion networks; and a report on the priority action plan established at the onset of the initiative.

Complete report:

Overcoming Poverty Together: The New Brunswick Economic and Social Inclusion Plan
Progress Report : April 1st to March 31st, 2013
(PDF - 6.7MB, 36 pages)
http://www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Departments/esic/pdf/ProgressReportMarch2013.pdf
Undated (PDF file dated June 2013)

Source:
Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation
http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/esic.html

New Brunswick Social Development
http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/social_development.html

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- Go to the Provincial and Territorial Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty.htm

Go directly to the New Brunswick section of the above page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty.htm#nb

Assessment of the New Brunswick
Poverty Reduction Plan in June 2013
(PDF - 620K, 24 pages)
http://goo.gl/5TG3N
By Auréa Cormier, Provincial Council member
June 1, 2013
Overview and analysis of each of the NB Government's 29 initiatives under one of three categories:
* Meeting basic needs
* Life-long learning and skills acquisition
* Community participation
"There were numerous initiatives undertaken at the community level. However, the CFSJ is concerned that this is not sufficient to achieve the Plan’s goal of a 25% reduction in the number of people living in poverty."

Related news release (small PDF file, 2 pages)
http://goo.gl/vV8dz

Source:
Common Front for Social Justice Inc.

http://www.frontnb.ca/

Version française du site:

Front commun pour la justice sociale
du Nouveau-Brunswick inc.
http://www.frontnb.ca/go-FR.asp?rd=Default.asp

New Brunswick
2012 Child Poverty Report Card
(PDF - 372K, 16 pages)
http://www.campaign2000.ca/reportCards/provincial/New%20Brunswick/2012ReportcardNB.pdf

[ Version française:
http://www.campaign2000.ca/reportCards/provincial/New%20Brunswick/2012ReportcardNB_FR.pdf ]

According to the latest 2010 Statistics Canada data, using the Low Income Measure, 22,000 New Brunswick children are living below the poverty line. Although this constitutes a significant, and consistent, drop over the past 5 years (from 24.6% in 2006 to 16.1%) there is still a long way to go.

Source:
Saint John Human Development Council
http://sjhdc.ca/
The Human Development Council identifies and addresses social issues in Greater Saint John through research, information, coordination and networking.

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Related link:

2012 Report Card on Child Poverty in Canada : Campaign 2000

Government of Canada Missing in Action on child poverty: Report (PDF - 196K, 1 page)
http://www.campaign2000.ca/whatsnew/2012ReportCardPressRelease.pdf
News Release
November 21, 2012
TORONTO – More Canadian children live in poverty today than in 1989 and the federal government is missing in action, says Laurel Rothman, National Coordinator for Campaign 2000. Twenty-three years after the House of Commons unanimously voted to work together to eliminate child poverty, the crisis is worse. Today, one in seven Canadian children live in poverty – one in four in First Nation’s communities – a reality that threatens our country’s future through higher healthcare costs, lost productivity and limited opportunities.

The 2012 report, entitled Needed: A Federal Action Plan to Eradicate Child and Family Poverty in Canada calls on the Federal Government to take a lead role in child and family poverty reduction. Policy recommendations are offered to all political parties to redress the persistence of child and family poverty in Canada.

Complete national report:

Needed: A Federal Action Plan to Eradicate Child and Family Poverty in Canada
http://www.campaign2000.ca/reportCards/national/C2000ReportCardNov2012.pdf
November 2012
[ Version française : http://www.campaign2000.ca/2012ReportCardFr.pdf ]
Without a national anti-poverty strategy, child and family poverty in Canada will continue to grow, compromising the success of future generations and threatening Canada’s economic stability. Today, there are poverty reduction strategies in seven of the ten provinces and even in some municipalities. When it comes to eradicating child poverty, the Federal government is currently an absentee partner. A coordinated federal action plan that sets significant goals for poverty eradication, dedicates adequate financial and human resources and mandates reporting of progress is vital for Canada’s future. It is also long overdue.

Source:
Campaign 2000

http://www.campaign2000.ca/
Campaign 2000 is a non-partisan, cross-Canada coalition of over 120 national, provincial and community organizations, committed to working together to end child and family poverty in Canada. Visit the Campaign 2000 website for a complete list of partner organizations.


Common Front for Social Justice (CFSJ)
http://www.frontnb.ca/
The Common Front for Social Justice is fighting to build a more human society based on the respect and dignity of all. We want a New Brunswick without poverty. We want a society which give each and everyone a decent living, in particular by having a minimum wage and social income on which citizens can to live on and not just exist.
Front commun pour la justice sociale
Le Front commun pour la justice sociale milite pour construire au Nouveau-Brunswick une société plus humaine, basée sur le respect de la dignité de tous et de toutes. Nous voulons un Nouveau-Brunswick sans pauvreté, c'est-à-dire une société qui assure à chacun, riche et moins riche, des conditions de vie décentes, en particulier par l'instauration d'un salaire minimum et d'une aide sociale qui permettent de vivre et pas simplement de survivre.

Selected reports:

Invest New Brunswick : Is it really investing in a new perspective? (PDF - 512K, 12 pages)
http://www.frontnb.ca/uploads/file/Invest%20NB-%20Analysis-%20Final_Modified.pdf
October 2012
Backgrounder
NOTE : Appendix A of this PDF file is the Sept. 20 (2011) provincial government news release announcing the launch of Invest NB.
(...)
On September 20, 2011...David Alward opened a bottle of champagne to celebrate the new Crown Corporation called Invest NB. ‘’ New Brunswick needs a re-energized approach to economic development and investment attraction,’’ Alward said. ‘’To that end, Invest NB has a fresh focus on identifying and aggressively pursuing businesses that will succeed in our provinces and create jobs. The business plan framework sets out the path Invest NB is taking.’’

Therefore, Invest NB is another new-Brunswick Government tool to manage the economy of the province. Yet, the tool is different because fully managed by people
from the world of business. (...) We arrive at the conclusion that the promises made at the launch of the Crown Corporation Invest NB did not come true.

Études et documents:

Investir Nouveau-Brunswick:
Est-ce vraiment investir selon une nouvelle perspective?
(fichier PDF - 388Ko., 13 pages)
http://www.frontnb.ca/uploads/file/Investir%20NB,%20Analyse%20finale_modifi%C3%A9e(1).pdf
Octobre 2012
Document d’information
NOTA : Dans l'annexe A, vous trouverez le texte du communiqué de presse du gouvernement provincial annonçant la nouvelle initiative.
(...)
Le 20 septembre 2011 ... David Alward a ouvert la bouteille de champagne pour célébrer une toute nouvelle société de la Couronne nommée Investir NB. « Le Nouveau-Brunswick a besoin d’une approche plus dynamique en matière de développement économique et d’attraction des investissements » a déclaré M. Alward. « À cette fin, Investir NB propose une nouvelle approche pour identifier et rechercher activement des possibilités d’affaires qui auront du succès dans notre province et qui créeront des emplois. Le cadre du plan d’affaires définit la voie sur laquelle s’engage Investir NB. »

Investir NB devient donc un autre outil du gouvernement néo-brunswickois pour assurer la gestion économique de la province. Mais cet outil est différent puisqu’il est entièrement dirigé par des gens du monde des affaires. (...) En guise de conclusion, nous disons que les promesses faites lors du lancement de la société de la Couronne Investir NB ne se sont pas concrétisées.

 


Invest New Brunswick : Is it really investing in a new perspective?
(PDF - 512K, 12 pages)
http://www.frontnb.ca/uploads/file/Invest%20NB-%20Analysis-%20Final_Modified.pdf
October 2012
Backgrounder
NOTE : Appendix A of this PDF file is the Sept. 20 (2011) provincial government news release announcing the launch of Invest NB.
(...)
On September 20, 2011...David Alward opened a bottle of champagne to celebrate the new Crown Corporation called Invest NB. ‘’ New Brunswick needs a re-energized approach to economic development and investment attraction,’’ Alward said. ‘’To that end, Invest NB has a fresh focus on identifying and aggressively pursuing businesses that will succeed in our provinces and create jobs. The business plan framework sets out the path Invest NB is taking.’’

Therefore, Invest NB is another new-Brunswick Government tool to manage the economy of the province. Yet, the tool is different because fully managed by people
from the world of business. (...) We arrive at the conclusion that the promises made at the launch of the Crown Corporation Invest NB did not come true.

 


Investir Nouveau-Brunswick:
Est-ce vraiment investir selon une nouvelle perspective?
(fichier PDF - 388Ko., 13 pages)
http://www.frontnb.ca/uploads/file/Investir%20NB,%20Analyse%20finale_modifi%C3%A9e(1).pdf
Octobre 2012
Document d’information
NOTA : Dans l'annexe A, vous trouverez le texte du communiqué de presse du 20 septembre 2011 du gouvernement provincial annonçant la nouvelle initiative.
(...)
Le 20 septembre 2011 ... David Alward a ouvert la bouteille de champagne pour célébrer une toute nouvelle société de la Couronne nommée Investir NB. « Le Nouveau-Brunswick a besoin d’une approche plus dynamique en matière de développement économique et d’attraction des investissements » a déclaré M. Alward. « À cette fin, Investir NB propose une nouvelle approche pour identifier et rechercher activement des possibilités d’affaires qui auront du succès dans notre province et qui créeront des emplois. Le cadre du plan d’affaires définit la voie sur laquelle s’engage Investir NB. »

Investir NB devient donc un autre outil du gouvernement néo-brunswickois pour assurer la gestion économique de la province. Mais cet outil est différent puisqu’il est entièrement dirigé par des gens du monde des affaires. (...) En guise de conclusion, nous disons que les promesses faites lors du lancement de la société de la Couronne Investir NB ne se sont pas concrétisées.

 


Being Poor and Eating Well : Try it !
Food prices increased by 3.33% between July 2011 and July 2012
(Word file - 46K, 2 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/release.docx
News Release
August 27, 2012
Moncton
The Common Front for Social Justice (CFSJ) surveyed the price of 67 food items included in Health Canada's nutritious food basket. The survey teams went to 31 N.B. grocery stores, 10 from each of the Coop, Sobeys and Superstore food chains as well as to one Save Easy store in St-Antoine. Thus, the province was covered from north to south and east to west.
(...)
The results of the present survey indicate that between July 2011 and July 2012, the price of food has risen by 3.33%. This increase is more than twice as important as the overall inflation rate in Canada, namely 1.5% in June 2012.

The survey (PDF file - 908K, 13 pages):
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nb_report.pdf

The executive summary (Word file - 77K, 4 pages):
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/summary.docx

Source:
New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice
http://www.frontnb.ca/Default.asp

- Go to the New Brunswick Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nbkmrk.htm

 


Être pauvres et bien se nourrir : Essayez-le!
Le coût des aliments a augmenté de 3.33% de juillet 2011 à juillet 2012
(fichier Word - 52Ko., 2 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/communique.docx
Communiqué de presse
Le 27 août 2012
L'équipe du Front commun pour la justice sociale a mené une enquête et a recueilli les prix des aliments dans 31 épiceries du N.-B. : 10 magasins CO-OP, 10 magasins Sobeys, 10 magasins Atlantic Superstore ainsi qu'un magasin SaveEasy, couvrant ainsi la province du nord au sud et de l'est en ouest.
(...)
L'analyse des résultats indique qu'entre juillet 2011 et juillet 2012, le prix des aliments a augmenté de 3,33 %. Cette hausse est plus du double du taux d'inflation de 1,5% rapporté pour le Canada en juin 2012

L'enquête : résultats (fichier PDF - 1.1MB, 14 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nb_rapport.pdf

Le sommaire exécutif (fichier Word - 80Ko., 4 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/sommaire.docx


From Words to Action : Open Letter to the Premier of New Brunswick
(PDF - 64K, 2 pages)
http://www.frontnb.ca/Document/2012-alward-letter.pdf
March 22, 2012
Within the next few days, your government will table its 2012-2013 budget. For the Common Front for Social Justice and for New Brunswickers who live in poverty, the budget will be an opportunity to judge whether your government is serious about making the fight against poverty a priority.
(...)
Ordinary citizens, working people, community organizations working with the poor, senior citizens, the Common Front for Social Justice and, indeed, all of New Brunswick expect you to take decisive action to begin finally reducing poverty in our beautiful province.

Des paroles aux actions : Lettre ouverte au Premier ministre du N.-B.
(PDF)
http://www.frontnb.ca/Document/2012-lettre-alward.pdf
Dans peu de temps, votre gouvernement déposera son budget pour l’année fiscale 2012-2013. Pour le Front commun pour la justice sociale et pour tous les citoyennes et citoyens de la province vivants en situation de pauvreté, ce sera l’occasion de constater si votre gouvernement est sérieux lorsqu’il dit que la lutte à la pauvreté est une priorité pour lui.
(...)
Les citoyens, les organisations communautaires travaillant auprès des plus démunis, le Front commun pour la justice sociale et toute la société civile s’attend que vous allez faire un pas financier décisif pour enfin débuter le long chemin vers la réduction de la pauvreté dans notre belle province.

To N.B. financial planners: daylight saving time is here!
(Word file - 35K, 2 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/daylight_saving_time.doc
March 2012
It is time to undo the damage done by the 2009 tax reform which significantly reduced provincial revenue. There is an urgent need for the province to generate more income in order to maintain our social programs, reduce our deficit and invest for the future.
(...)
The province has just reverted to daylight saving time. This is the right moment to ask the Finance Minister to see the light and revert to the 2008 taxation system, adding a fifth tax bracket for the wealthy. He will then be able to reduce the deficit and maintain our much needed social programs.

Revenir à l'heure de 2008
(fichier Word - 18Ko., 2 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/reculer_horloge.doc ]


New Brunswick needs to change direction

http://goo.gl/eb9Ws
News Release
February 22, 2012
A new study from UNB-SJ economist Roderick Hill and CCPA-NS researcher Jason Edwards outlines why New Brunswick should move toward a more progressive tax structure. The report, titled New Brunswick at a Crossroads: Progressive Income Tax, a Clear Choice, estimates that the province could generate another $260 million of annual revenue by reversing the Graham tax cuts and adding a new upper-income bracket. Proposed by The Common Front for Social Justice, these changes would improve the progressivity of the province's tax system, allowing the wealthiest citizens to pay their fair share.

The report:

New Brunswick at a Crossroads:
Progressive Income Tax, a Clear Choice
(PDF - 820K, 12 pages)
http://goo.gl/3WruF
By Jason Edwards and Roderick Hill
February 2012

Related link:

An additional quarter billion dollars could go a long way in New Brunswick
http://goo.gl/BC2Il
News Release
February 20, 2012


Un quart de milliard de dollars de plus donnerait
un bon coup de pouce à l'économie du Nouveau-Brunswick
http://goo.gl/9xX4G

Le Nouveau-Brunswick est à une croisée des chemins:
L’impôt progressif, un choix clair
(PDF - 736K, 12 pages)
http://goo.gl/WJh0N
Février 2012


New Brunswick, Close to our Heart:
Brief presented to
Minister Blaine Higgs
Government of New Brunswick
For consideration in the 2012-2013 Budget
(PDF - 240K, 14 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/Brief_2012-13 budget_final.pdf
January 2012
By The Common Front for Social Justice (CFSJ)
http://www.frontnb.ca/
The Common Front for Social Justice (CFSJ) is a non-profit organization whose mandate is to lobby for more justice, better social policy and a greater solidarity within society, especially with those living in poverty.


J'ai ma province à coeur:

Mémoire présenté au
Ministre Blaine Higgs,
Gouvernement du Nouveau-Brunswick
Dans le cadre des travaux menant au budget 2012-2013.
(fichier PDF - 264K, 16 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/Memoire_budget- 2012-13_FR-final.pdf
par Le Front commun pour la justice sociale (FCJS)


Open letter to Minister Martine Coulombe
(NB consultation on minimum wages) (PDF - 64K, 2 pages)
http://www.frontnb.ca/Document/letter_2011-12-01.pdf
December 1, 2011
Minister Coulombe, You are undertaking a so-called “online consultation” to gather the opinion of the public regarding the “possible introduction of a special New Brunswick minimum wage for servers earning tips”. With this online survey, you hope that New Brunswickers will share their thoughts on “the tip differential issue, as well as on minimum wage in general”. We, the undersigned, hereby denounce this approach and believe it is absolutely unacceptable to use information received electronically and anonymously to justify a lower minimum wage for workers who receive tips.
Source:
New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice

http://www.frontnb.ca/
The Common Front for Social Justice is one of the largest democratic and popular organizations in New Brunswick, with close to 75,000 group and individual members. The Common Front brings together individuals as well as local, regional and provincial organizations to work towards the eradication of poverty.

Related link:

Open letter calls calls for public hearings on minimum wage
http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/news/article/1461421
December 6, 2011
By John Chilibeck

FREDERICTON - Eleven anti-poverty and social justice organizations have signed an open letter to the provincial Tory government denouncing its consultation process on a two-tiered minimum wage. The groups say it's unacceptable to use information received electronically and anonymously to justify a lower minimum wage for workers who receive tips.


Lettre ouverte à la ministre Martine Coulombe
(fichier PDF - 72Ko., 2 pages))
http://www.frontnb.ca/Document/lettre_2011-12-01.pdf
Le 1er décembre 2011
Madame Coulombe, Vous avez entrepris « une consultation publique » et ce, par Internet afin de connaître l’opinion du public à l’égard d’une « éventuelle création d’un salaire minimum particulier au Nouveau-Brunswick pour les serveurs recevant des pourboires ». Au moyen d’un sondage par Internet, vous cherchez l’opinion des Néo-Brunswickois et des Néo-Brunswickoises sur deux points : « la compensation par le pourboire et le salaire minimum en général ». Nous soussignés dénonçons cette démarche et disons qu’il est tout à fait inacceptable d’utiliser de l’information reçue électroniquement et anonymement pour justifier un salaire minimum inférieur aux personnes qui reçoivent des pourboires.


Mr. Higgs
[Finance Minister], how far should we tighten our belt in 2012? (PDF - 162K, 2 pages)
News Release
November 14, 2011

(...) Here are four demands which the Common Front for Social Justice asks you to support:
1. An immediate increase in the minimum wage to $10.00 an hour.
2. The rejection of a two-tier minimum wage system for NB workers.
3. An increase in the basic rates of welfare recipients to bring them to the Atlantic average and an indexation of
these rates thereafter.
4. The establishment of a solidarity program of $50 per month that would help 25,105 households to buy food;
this is the number of individuals who depend on social assistance in November 2011.


Monsieur Higgs, à quel trou voulez-vous que nous nous serrions la ceinture en 2012 ?
(fichier PDF - 161K, 2 pages)

Open letter to The Honourable Sue Stultz
(Word file, 35K)
Minister of Social Development
Fredericton, NB
September 13, 2011
Hon. Stultz:
There are approximately 100,000 New Brunswickers living below the poverty line. A certain percentage of them will, as they did in years past, need help to offset the cost of heating their homes this coming winter. Market prices indicate that N.B. citizens will pay more in 2011-2012 than they did last winter to keep themselves and their family warm.
Source:
NB Common Front for Social Justice
[ Front commun pour la justice sociale ]

Lettre ouverte à la Ministre
- fichier format Word, 35Ko.


S
harp Increase in the Food Prices
Results of a study done July 2011 in New Brunswick
(PDF - 271K, 3 pages)
News Release
August 10, 2011
[ Version française ]
We are experiencing a sharp increase in food prices. In July 2010, the Common Front for Social Justice had surveyed 12 grocery stores. The same ones were revisited in July 2011 and the 2011 prices were compared with those of 2010. The results show that the cost of a nutritious food basket rose by 5.74% in one year, an increase which is highly significant.
Recommendations:
1. Implement a food solidarity program of $50 per month for all households on social assistance.
2. Raise the basic social assistance rates to match the average of those in place in Atlantic Canada.
3. Implement the recommendation contained in the New Brunswick Economic and Social Inclusion Plan to “Raise the minimum wage to the Atlantic average by September 1st, 2011 and adjust for inflation thereafter.”

The complete report:

Sharp Hike in the Cost of Food:
Results of a 2011 N.B. Survey
(PDF - 823K, 11 pages)
August 2011
[ Version française ]

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EXPERIENCE HUNGER PROJECT
Summer 2011
The Common Front is fighting against the prejudice that it's possible to survive with the social assistance rates currently in effect. We have developed the project called Experience Hunger as a way to help put a stop to myths surrounding social assistance recipients.

Background
(PDF - 87K, 2 pages) - [ Version française ]
News Release
(PDF - 108K, 2 pages) - [ Version française ]
Participants
(PDF - 69K, 2 pages) - [ Version française ]
September Poverty Forum* Flyer
(PDF - 668K,1 page) - [ Version française ]
*In order to further promote public awareness, the Common Front has scheduled a Provincial Forum on September 28, 2011, named Poverty, Hunger and Poor Health – Let’s put a stop to it. Click the PDF "Flyer" link above for more information.

 

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Reality of Poverty in 2010 (PDF - 60K, 2 pages)
News Release 
December 28, 2010
"This year had its good, bad and ugly side for people living in poverty" stated Linda McCaustlin, co-­-chair of the Common Front for Social Justice. The Common Front for Social Justice did an analysis of the actions taken by the Shawn Graham and David Alward governments over the past year that had a direct impact on the financial situation of more than 100,000 individuals and families living in poverty in this province.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Reality of Poverty in 2010 (PDF - 134K, 6 pages)
With 2010 coming to an end, the Common Front for Social Justice (CFSJ) seizes the opportunity to take a close look at the actions and/or inactions of the government of NB with regard to the reduction of poverty during the past year. The following outlines some areas which had a direct impact on the financial situation of citizens during the past year and where the CFSJ has noted some progress but also, unfortunately, some drawbacks.

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Communiqué de presse (fichier PDF - 60Ko., 2 pages)
Le 28 décembre 2010

Analyse:
La bonne, la méchante et l'affreuse réalité de la pauvreté au Nouveau-Brunswick en 2010 (fichier PDF - 123Ko., 7 pages)

Communiqué de presse (fichier PDF - 60Ko., 2 pages)
Le 28 décembre 2010

Analyse:
La bonne, la méchante et l'affreuse réalité de la pauvreté au Nouveau-Brunswick en 2010 (fichier PDF - 123Ko., 7 pages)


The new government of David Alward should immediately
increase revenues for people who are living on social assistance
(PDF - 69K, 2 pages)
November 17, 2010
News release
“The last two Hunger Count Reports have revealed that during the last two years, there was an 18% increase in food bank usage in N.B. Just this year, the number of people using food banks has also increased. Thirty-four percent of food bank clients are children; thirteen percent are wage earners but the majority of them (61%) are social assistance recipients. This is completely unacceptable in a country as rich as Canada”, says Linda McCaustlin, co-chair of the Common Front for Social Justice.
[ Version française:
Le nouveau gouvernement de David Alward devrait immédiatement augmenter le revenu des personnes qui dépendent de l'aide sociale
- Communiqué de presse, le 17 novembre 2010 ] (fichier PDF) ]

POVERTY : A VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS
Report on the 3rd Summit on Poverty in New Brunswick
(PDF - 2.2MB, 5 pages)
Moncton, NB – October 16 & 17, 2010
(...) Under the theme “Poverty, a Violation of Human Rights”, 150 participants heard the views of several speakers, who concurred in affirming society’s responsibility for guaranteeing everyone’s right to a standard of living sufficient to ensure their health and welfare and that of their family.
* Panel: Why does society tolerate poverty?
* What is being done internationally to enforce the human rights of the poor?
* Human Rights: From principles to practice
* What can be done in New Brunswick to increase respect for human rights? (incl. recommended action to reduce poverty)
[ Version française:
Rapport du 3e Sommet sur la pauvreté, octobre 2010 (fichier PDF) ]

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Impact of Food Cost on Food Security in New Brunswick:
Survey conducted by the Common Front for Social Justice during the summer of 2010
(PDF - 2.4MB, 27 pages)
October 2010
Conclusions:
* Food cost has dramatically increased.
* There were no major differences in food cost between cities and the few rural areas surveyed.
* Cost of the 66 items in the food basket: $254 at Coop Stores, $257 at Superstores and $259 at Sobeys
* Seniors with guaranteed income supplement: 15% of income goes toward food (10.4% is the Canadian average.)
* Minimum wage worker: 17% of income for food
* People on social assistance: 35 - 50% of income for food
[ Version française:
Répercussion du coût des aliments sur la sécurité alimentaire au N.-B. - novembre 2010 (fichier PDF) ]

October 6 (2010) Press conference document (PDF - 62K, 2 pages)
A food costing survey conducted by the CFSJ in July and August 2010 documented what many people living on limited income already knew from
experience, namely that food is considerably more expensive now that four to five years ago. Overall, people on social assistance, minimum wage workers and seniors on fixed income have an incredibly small amount of money to feed themselves adequately. Housing cost competes for a large portion of their monthly income. Some spend as much as 60% of their income on housing alone. With the current cost of nutritious food alone, they would need to spend from one-third to one-half of their allocation for food, leaving them empty-handed for all other necessities of life.
[ Version française:
Document pour la conférence de presse du 6 octobre 2010 (fichier PDF) ]

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Inequality in Canada (and New Brunswick)
- A Brief History, Why it Matters, and What WE can Do
By Rob Moir, Economist at UNBSJ
October 2010
PDF version (11.4MB, 27 pages)
Powerpoint version (2.1MB, 27 slides)
[ Aucune version française ]

New Brunswick Poverty Reduction Plan: Updates and Developments (PDF - 1.3MB, 29 pages)
By Jean-Claude Basque and Auréa Cormier
June 2010
Excerpts:
* The Crown Corporation creates an additional layer of bureaucracy
* Decision making is further away from our elected members of the Legislative Assembly
* The Board, the Secretariat and the group coordinating the Community Inclusion Networks is a costly administrative structure
* Minister Lamrock said there would be no appeal process if decisons made by the Community Inclusion Networks are contested
* For 97% of social assistance recipients, there are no changes in sight before July 2011
* CFSJ's concerns with the Service delivery are:
--- Difficulties of access to services in rural areas
--- Uneven quality assurance in some of the networks
--- Possibility of lack of services, in some of the networks, in the language of choice

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New Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation
won't have representatives in at least four areas of New Brunswick
(PDF - 126K, 2 pages)
News release
June 29, 2010
According to the New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice, "[A]t least four areas of New Brunswick won't have any representatives of people living in poverty on the new Board of Directors of the Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation.”

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Tired of being manipulated? (PDF - 6.6MB, 32 pages)
By Claude Snow
June 2010
Caring for people is a MUST.
Public social services are essential.
Less taxes = Less services.

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Annual Report 2009-2010 (PDF - 77K, 2 pages)
June 2010
- Our actions in 2009-2010, notably on the Poverty Reduction Plan

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Third Summit on Poverty - October 15-16, 2010 (PDF - 1.3MB, 1 page)
"Poverty: A Violation of Human Rights"
Moncton, NB
June 2010
- flyer, including conference program and some speakers

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Revealing Statistics on the Socioeconomic Status (PDF - 21K, 1 page)
June 2010

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Two Different Worlds (PDF - 1.3MB, 34 pages)
- Catalogue for the art exhibit held at Moncton City Hall May 31st to June 4th, 2010.
"In the same province, citizens are living side by side, day in and day out, but in two completely different worlds."

 
Alward EI Committee, Not needed! (MS Word - 28K, 2 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/Press_Release _EI_May_2012.docx
May 30 , 2012
Version française:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/communique_de_presse_ae_mai_2012.docx
"We don't need Premier Alward's new committee to look at how federal reforms to employment insurance will affect workers in the province since we already know the answers: more poverty, more insecurity and more injustices!" says John Gagnon, co-chair of the Common Front for Social Justice. All workers, and not only those in seasonal industries, will need to accept jobs that offer salaries between 10% to 30% less than their previous job and they will be forced to accept work located up to one hour's drive from their residence.
(...)
"The proposed changes to employment insurance will increase the poverty level in our province, and even more so in rural New Brunswick where there is a concentration of seasonal fishery, tourism and forestry industries which demand a high number of workers at specific time of the year and where there are almost no jobs between those periods" concludes Mr. Gagnon.
 
Source:
New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice Inc.
http://www.frontnb.ca/
Source:
Le Front commun pour la justice sociale du N.-B. inc.
http://www.frontnb.ca/

New Brunswick committee to study proposed Employment Insurance changes
http://www.ipolitics.ca/2012/05/29/n-b-committee-to-study-proposed-ei-changes/
May 29, 2012
FREDERICTON – The New Brunswick government is creating a committee of senior civil servants to study the federal government’s proposed changes to Employment Insurance.
Premier David Alward says his government needs more information before being able to pass judgement on the measures, despite the fact the three other Atlantic premiers have all denounced the changes. Among the proposed measures, regular recipients of the EI program would have to consider lower paying jobs that could require a commute of up to an hour. Economic Development Minister Paul Robichaud says the information received so far from the federal government is not clear and it’s premature to offer a comment. He says the committee will report by mid-June.

Source:
iPolitics
http://www.ipolitics.ca/
iPolitics is independent, non-partisan and committed to providing timely, relevant, insightful content to those whose professional or personal interests require that they stay on top of political developments in Ottawa and the provinces.

From CBC New Brunswick:

N.B. Liberals abandoning promise to raise social assistance rates
April 29, 2009
A multimillion-dollar promise made to New Brunswick's poorest families during the 2006 election campaign is being quietly abandoned by the Liberal government. Premier Shawn Graham said he has had second thoughts about raising social assistance rates in New Brunswick to the Atlantic Canadian average. Instead, the province is freezing them at their level this year. Graham championed the idea of substantially raising rates for those on welfare as Opposition leader and later during the 2006 election. He included it as a central promise in his election platform and personally told social assistance recipients during the campaign he would deliver on the pledge, which could cost up to $30 million.

Liberals will still hike welfare rates,
Social Development Minister Mary Schryer insists, but Premier not so sure
April 29, 2009
NOTE: you'll find over a dozen links to related articles, videos and websites
in the right-hand margin of this article, under "In depth: What happened to Liberal social assistance pledge"

Related link:

Common Front for Social Justice (CFSJ) Press Conference (PDF - 113K, 3 pages)
October 30, 2008
"The Common Front for Social Justice [is] interested in the initiative presented by the Minister of Social Development in her endeavour to launch a Poverty Reduction Plan and for her decision to have public participation, including people living in poverty. However, let us be clear, the process to develop this plan will take over one year and there is nothing right now to address immediate problems. (...) We urge the present government to adopt immediate measures to alleviate the sufferings of people and to allow them to have a minimum amount of comfort throughout the winter months. In our view, the government must adopt measures, as soon as possible, in four specific areas:
- heating costs,
- current legislation regarding minimum wage,
- basic welfare rates, and
- housing assistance."
Source:
Press releases (links to 30 releases going back to 2003)
[ Common Front for Social Justice ]
The Common Front for Social Justice is fighting to build a more human society based on the respect and dignity of all. We want a New Brunswick without poverty. We want a society which give each and everyone a decent living, in particular by having a minimum wage and social income on which citizens can to live on and not just exist.


New Brunswick anti-poverty advocate quits the Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation Board (dead link)
January 31, 2012
FREDERICTON - An anti-poverty advocate has resigned from a government-appointed body in New Brunswick in protest over decisions by the government affecting the poor. Pam Coates quit the Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation [ http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/esic.html ] Board, citing the Conservative government's decisions to double the co-payment cap on prescriptions for low-income seniors and delay a minimum wage increase."Both are blatant examples of obstacles/barriers to getting out of poverty and will in some cases enhance and encourage more poverty," she wrote in a Jan. 18 letter to the board. The board consists of 22 members representing the government, businesses, non-profit organizations and people who have experienced poverty.
Source:
MetroNews.ca

http://www.metronews.ca/

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- Go to the Provincial and Territorial Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty.htm

2011 New Brunswick Child Poverty Report Card (PDF - 472K, 15 pages)
November 2011
The latest Statistics Canada data, from 2009, shows that 14,000 New Brunswick children (9.9%) are living in families with incomes below the poverty line—a drop since 2008 (12.0%). In November 2009, New Brunswick joined the ranks of provinces that have adopted comprehensive poverty reduction strategies. Overcoming Poverty Together: The New Brunswick Economic and Social Inclusion Plan has set a target of reducing income poverty by 25% and deep income poverty by 50% by the year 2015. These targets and timetables are set out in the Economic and Social Inclusion Act, which received Royal Assent in April 2010.

[ Version française:
Rapport sur la pauvreté des enfants en 2011 (fichier PDF - 495K, 15 pages)]

Source:
Human Development Council
The Human Development Council is a local social planning council that co-ordinates and promotes social development in Greater Saint John.

Related link
from Campaign 2000:

Revisiting Family Security in Insecure Times:
2011 Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Canada
(PDF - 2.8MB, 16 pages)
[The national report]
November 2011
All we are asking is to give children a chance. Campaign 2000 is looking for a real commitment from this Parliament to reduce poverty by at least 50% by the year 2020, creating a pathway to eventual eradication. The federal government, in our view, must play a lead role.
Source:
Campaign 2000
Campaign 2000 is a non-partisan, cross-Canada coalition of over 120 national, provincial and community organizations, committed to working together to end child and family poverty in Canada.

NOTE: If you wish to see 2011 child and family p
overty reports for all participating Canadian provinces on one page (+ links to last year's reports), g
o to the Children, Families and Youth Links (NGO) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnngo.htm

Young parents squeezed for time and money, report finds
A University of British Columbia study found that it's much more expensive to raise a family than it was a generation ago.
October 18, 2011
By Andrea Gordon
Canadian parents are raising children with far less money and time than their baby boomer predecessors, despite the doubling of the Canadian economy since 1976, says a report from the University of British Columbia. At the same time, Canadians approaching retirement are wealthier than ever before, setting up an intergenerational tension that threatens young families, according to the study, released Tuesday.
Source:
Toronto Star

The report:

Does Canada work for all generations?
By Paul Kershaw and Lynell Anderson

Excerpt from
the national summary report:
Canada is not currently working for all generations. There is a silent generational crisis occurring in homes across the country, one we neglect because Canadians are stuck in stale debates. My colleagues and I hope the 2011 Family Policy Reports for all provinces will refocus public dialogue on one of the most pressing social and economic issues of our time: Canada has become a far more difficult place to raise a family.

* New Deal for Families blog
* YouTube video "New Deal for Families"

Source:
Human Early Learning Partnership
The Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) is a collaborative, interdisciplinary research network, based at the University of British Columbia. HELP’s unique partnership brings together many scientific viewpoints to address complex early child development (ECD) issues. HELP connects researchers and practitioners from communities and institutions across B.C., Canada, and internationally.
[ University of British Columbia ]

Poverty costs New Brunswickers $2 billion dollars per year
News Release
September 27, 2011
Halifax/Moncton
A new study released today, entitled Cost of Poverty in New Brunswick, co-authored by economist Angella MacEwen and Christine Saulnier, reveals that:
* Poverty costs the New Brunswick government a half a billion dollars per year.
* These costs accounted for 6.5% of the 2009/10 New Brunswick government budget.
* Health care spending on poverty alone costs the government $196 million per year.
* When the costs to government are added to the broader costs to the economy, the total cost of poverty for the province is $2 billion dollars.
* Investing in a comprehensive plan to alleviate poverty could cost as little as half as much as the quantifiable costs of poverty.

The report:

The Cost of Poverty in New Brunswick (PDF - 421K, 12 pages) - (dead link - try the search engine.)
(...) For the New Brunswick government, we estimate that the direct cost of poverty is approximately a half a billion dollars per year—and that these costs account for 6.5% of the 2009/10 New Brunswick government budget.

Source:
Nova Scotia Office of the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

At Home/Chez Soi
[ Version française du site ]
The At Home/Chez Soi research demonstration project is investigating mental health and homelessness in five Canadian cities: Moncton, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver. A total of 2285 homeless people living with a mental illness will participate. 1,325 people from that group will be given a place to live, and will be offered services to assist them over the course of the initiative. The remaining participants will receive the regular services that are currently available in their cities. As of February, 2011 - over 1,600 people have become project participants, and over 700 now have homes. The overall goal is to provide evidence about what services and systems could best help people who are living with a mental illness and are homeless. At the same time, the project will provide meaningful and practical support for hundreds of vulnerable people.

Source:
Mental Health Commission of Canada

Child Poverty Report Card : New Brunswick (PDF - 980K, 16 pages)
November 2010
Prepared by Kathryn Asher, Researcher with the Human Development Council, a local social planning council that co-ordinates and promotes social development in Greater Saint John.

Related link
Human Development Council - Saint John
The Human Development Council provides information about community services throughout New Brunswick. (...) The Council works collaboratively with community agencies, individuals, government departments, businesses, churches, and labour to initiate, develop and implement creative strategies to meet the needs of the community.

Also from the Human Development Council:
Saint John Poverty Reduction Strategy

Related link:

N.B. child poverty on decline: report
Province's rate lowest in national average, third lowest in country
November 25, 2010
By Alexandra Davis
FREDERICTON - A child-poverty report card released yesterday indicates that New Brunswick is making progress in reducing poverty levels compared with other provinces. The report on child and family poverty shows that the province's child poverty rate for 2008 was 12 per cent, which is lower than the national average of 14.2 per cent. It's the third lowest rate in the country, with only Alberta and Prince Edward Island showing lower percentages.
Source:
http://timestranscript.canadaeast.com/


NOTE:
This is one of a series of provincial reports all released under the Campaign 2000 banner on November 24 (2010), the anniversary of the 1989 unanimous House of Commons resolution to end child poverty by the year 2000. For links to the complete collection of federal and provincial reports and (selected) related media coverage, go to the Children, Families and Youth Links (NGO) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnngo.htm

New Brunswick Provincial Election 2010
New Brunswick went to the polls on Monday, September 27, 2010.
Source:
Election Almanac
Election Almanac provides complete coverage of federal, provincial and territorial elections in Canada including election results, public opinion polls, ridings and candidates, election news, electoral history, links, and more!

New Brunswick Votes 2010
September 27, 2010
Source:
CBC New Brunswick

- Go to the Political Parties and Elections Links in Canada (Provinces and Territories) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/politics_prov_terr.htm

New from the
Caledon Institute of Social Policy:

Reconstructing Social Assistance in New Brunswick: Vision and Action (PDF - 77K, 19 pages)
By Ken Battle, Michael Mendelson, Sherri Torjman
July 2010
The Government of New Brunswick has launched a comprehensive reform of its social assistance system as a key element of its poverty reduction strategy. This report contains two papers. The first is a vision paper written for New Brunswick by the Caledon Institute that sets out a philosophy and key elements of reform. The second is an account of New Brunswick's plans and actions to implement the vision for reform.

Breaking down the welfare wall in New Brunswick (PDF - 34K, 2 pages)
March 2010
By Ken Battle, Sherri Torjman and Michael Mendelson
[ Version française : Briser le mur de l'aide sociale (PDF)]
This op ed was published as a Globe and Mail online commentary. It points out that one of the most promising developments in Canadian social policy is the rise of provincial poverty reduction plans. New Brunswick recently announced a comprehensive poverty reduction strategy, which includes fundamental reform of its social assistance system. The province is taking some important steps in this ambitious reform including the creation of a provincial working income supplement. New Brunswick will also extend the length of coverage under its health card for up to three years to recipients who leave welfare for work or training. It will launch a prescription drug program, plus vision and dental care for all low-income children. The op ed highlights other needed reforms, such as a boost to the New Brunswick Child Tax Benefit.

Catastrophic drug costs can affect the poor and affluent alike
June 1st, 2010
[Minister of Social Development ] Kelly Lamrock's recent response to a request that New Brunswick implement a catastrophic drug cost insurance plan shows that either he doesn't understand why such a plan is required or he is purposefully misleading the public. This insurance plan isn't required for the poor; it's something everyone needs. (...) The strong endorsement made in the report of the Romanow Commission in 2002 that such a plan be developed in Canada was followed in 2003 by a commitment from the federal and provincial governments that a national program would be established. All provinces except New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island have implemented such a plan. (...) Minister Lamrock wants to consult with the stakeholders. He wants to engage businesspeople and health officials.
It will be part of the poverty-reduction strategy*.
Source:
The Daily Gleaner (New Brunswick)

New resource from the
Canadian Council on Social Development
:
(May 25, 2009)

Restoring Hope or Treading Water? (PDF - 263K, 19 pages)
By Kurt Peacock
University of New Brunswick (Saint John)
[ version française - PDF ]

Source:
Poverty Reduction Policies and Programs
Social Development Report Series, 2009
[ Canadian Council on Social Development ]

Also from CCSD :

Poverty Reduction Policies and Programs in Canada (PDF - 341K, 29 pages)
By David I. Hay, Information Partnership

Related links ===> Go to the Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty.htm

Homeless in Moncton: New report card
March 24, 2009
By Michael Shapcott
A total of 725 people were homeless in Moncton, New Brunswick, according to the 2008 homelessness report card from the Greater Moncton Homelessness Steering Committee. Among other items, the report notes that 30 people sleep on mats on the floor at one hostel every night, including pregnant women.
Source:
Wellesley Institute Blog
[ Wellesley Institute ]

Related links:

Experiencing Homelessness
The First Report Card on Homelessness in Greater Moncton, 2008
(PDF - 723K, 6 pages)

Greater Moncton Homelessness Steering Committee
The Greater Moncton Homelessness Steering Committee (GMHSC) is an inter-agency committee representing all agencies in Greater Moncton that work with the homeless population and those at risk of becoming homeless.

11,000 Atlantic millionaires and 77,000 households
mired in debt: Rich-poor gap grows as region loses wealth

September 2008
Press Release
A new report entitled Financial Security and Debt in Atlantic Canada examines trends in household wealth since the 1980s—in Canada as a whole and in the Atlantic region. In particular, it looks at trends in wealth distribution, including Atlantic Canada’s share of national wealth and in the portion of wealth owned by the top, middle and lower wealth groups.

Financial Security and Debt in Atlantic Canada
September 2008
By Kimberley Tran and Ronald Colman
Complete report (PDF - 7.1MB, 136 pages)

Source:
GPI Atlantic
GPIAtlantic is an independent, non-profit research and education organization committed to the development of the Genuine Progress Index (GPI) – a new measure of sustainability, wellbeing and quality of life.

Related link:

Poverty issue still percolating
Editorial
September 8, 2008
The latest report from GPI Atlantic on poverty in the region reaches back 21?2 millennia to quote Aristotle’s observation that “revolutions arise from inequalities.” That’s followed with a more contemporary reference to 2005 riots in France, “a poignant reminder of the potential consequences of marginalizing the poorest households.”
Source:
The Cape Breton Post

October 2007
No Difference between the previous and current government in fighting poverty

The current Liberal government was elected in September 2006. NB citizens expected it would bring improvement to social conditions. One year later, we’re still waiting for progress.

October 2007
United Nations International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

With the United Nations International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, the Common Front for Social Justice is asking the Shawn Graham liberal government to implement a plan to eliminate poverty in the province.

October 2007
Social assistance : a life of misery for many
(Word file)
Over 40,000 people from New Brunswick cannot work and depend on social assistance. Among these, there are over 7,000 who live alone and are under the category "Transitional". These people have received a $16 raise on October 1st, which means that they went from $505 to $521 monthly.

The Canadian Research Institute for Social Policy (CRISP) is a multi-disciplinary research organization based at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) in Fredericton. CRISP is dedicated to improving the effectiveness of social policy in Canada, to help Canadian communities provide better education and care for their children, and to contribute to capacity-building efforts in developing countries.

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) 
ACOA  is a federal government agency headquartered in the Atlantic Region. ACOA's goal is to improve the economy of Atlantic Canadian communities through the successful development of business and job opportunities. 

Five year report to Parliament, 1998-2003 - ACOA (PDF file - 1.7MB, 86 pages)


From the
National Council of Welfare (NCW):

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NOTE : The National Council of Welfare closed its doors and shut down its website at the end of September 2012.
For more information, see http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ncw.htm

The links to the three reports below are functional because the files are copied to my web server.
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Over the years, the Council has produced many reports on poverty and welfare, but there are three that stand out in my mind as milestone reports on the history of welfare in Canada, at least since the 1980s.

1. 1987
Welfare in Canada: The Tangled Safety Net
(PDF - 2.7MB, 131 pages)
November 1987
Tangled Safety Net examines the following issues in Canadian social assistance network of programs:
* Complex rules * Needs-testing * Rates of assistance * Enforcement * Appeals * Recommendations
This report is the first comprehensive national analysis of social assistance programs operated by the provincial, territorial and municipal governments. These programs function as the safety net for Canadians and are better known by their everyday name ‘welfare’.

Version française :
Le bien-être social au Canada : Un filet de sécurité troué (PDF - 3Mo., 138 pages)
Novembre 1987
[ NOTA : Si vous trouvez un lien vers ce fichier en français, veuillez communiquer avec moi pour le partager.
Merci! gilseg@rogers.com ]

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2. 1992
Welfare Reform
(PDF - 2.8MB, 61 pages)
Summer 1992
This report is an update of the 1987 Tangled Safety Net, but it presents information by jurisdiction rather than by issue - covers all provinces and territories.

Version française:
Réforme du bien-être social (PDF - 3,5Mo., 63 pages)

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3. 1997
Another Look at Welfare Reform
(PDF - 6.75MB, 134 pages)
Autumn 1997
- an in-depth analysis of changes in Canadian welfare programs in the 1990s. The report focuses on the provincial and territorial reforms that preceded the repeal of the Canada Assistance Plan and those that followed the implementation of the Canada Health and Social Transfer in April 1996.
[Proactive disclosure : I did the research for, and wrote the provincial-territorial section of, this report while I was on a one-year secondment to the Council. Gilles ]

Version française:
Un autre regard sur la réforme du bien-être social (PDF - 8Mo., 148 pages)

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Companion document to
Another Look:

Overview of Provincial (and Territorial)
Welfare Reforms in the 1990s

October 1998
Fifteen pages of research notes used in the production of Another Look at Welfare Reform.
HINT: There's a WEALTH of information on provincial-territorial welfare reforms in these pages that didn't make it to the final report!

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Source:
National Council of Welfare
Established in 1969, the Council is an advisory group to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (originally the Minister of Health and Welfare Canada). The mandate of the Council is to advise the Minister regarding any matter relating to social development that the Minister may refer to the Council for its consideration or that the Council considers appropriate.

October 6 (2012)
The National Council of Welfare closed its doors and shut down its website at the end of September 2012.
For more information, see http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ncw.htm

Fredericton Anti-Poverty Organization

Lord government revises welfare rules
June 1, 2005
CBC News
[NOTE: this link is expired - I'm leaving the text here for your info...]
"FREDERICTON – The New Brunswick government is relaxing a controversial policy that discouraged people on welfare from living together to share expenses. The change will allow two single parents to live under the same roof, without having their benefits reduced."

List of issues to be taken up in connection with the consideration of the third periodic report of Canada : United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights - Implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (June 10, 1998)
New Brunswick Government Response to the List of Issues



The Human Development Council (HDC)
is a local social planning council working with citizens to improve the overall quality of life in Greater Saint John. It was formed in 1979 and seeks to coordinate and promote social development in the region. Our goals are to: study and identify social needs within the community, and the services that exist to meet those needs; advise and assist in planning and developing new services and improving existing ones; initiate opportunities for joint action in the development, coordination, and delivery of services appropriate to community needs; and facilitate local citizens’ access to information about community programs and services.

Selected HDC reports:

New Brunswick Report Card on Child and Family Poverty (PDF - 445K, 12 pages)
November 2009
In November 2009, New Brunswick joined the ranks of provinces that have adopted comprehensive poverty reduction strategies.
Overcoming Poverty Together: The New Brunswick Economic and Social Inclusion Plan
has set a target of reducing income poverty by 25% and deep income poverty by 50% by the year 2015.

Version française:
Rapport sur la pauvreté des enfants et des
familles au Nouveau Brunswick • 2009
(PDF - 456Ko., 12 pages)
Novembre 2009

Related link:

Campaign 2000 Report on Child and Family Poverty in Canada
Main page - includes links to both the French and English media releases and reports, as well as links to national report cards for previous years and for selected Canadian provinces.
[ Campaign 2000 ]

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Related Links from Campaign 2000:

Canada’s Child Poverty Levels not Budging -
New report shows child poverty “entrenched” in Canada over 25 Years

Campaign 2000
23 November 2006
The rate of child and family poverty in Canada has been stalled at 17-18% over the past 5 years despite strong economic growth and low unemployment, according to a new report by Campaign 2000.

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Reports provide wake-up call on future of Canada’s cities
Media Release
March 23, 2005
"‘Social inclusion’ reports were released today in five cities -- Saint John, Toronto, Burlington, Edmonton and Vancouver. They are the work of Inclusive Cities Canada, a unique, participatory research initiative that uses a social inclusion framework to build people-friendly cities, promote good urban governance and develop strategies for supporting urban diversity. The federally-funded initiative set up Civic Panels made of community and municipal leaders to conduct social inclusion ‘audits’. Over 1,000 participants contributed to the findings. The research examined important dimensions of social inclusion, such as how cities respond to diversity, levels of civic engagement, living conditions, opportunities for human development and community services."

Download the report for St. John (PDF file - 895K, 49 pages)

Related Link:

Federation of Canadian Municipalities
[Inclusive Cities Canada works in collaboration with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities]
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is a national organization of 1000 plus cities in Canada. Comprised of locally elected politicians, FCM endeavours to support local governments through conferences, research and information and acts as a lobby for the interests of cities with the Federal Government. Over the past 15 years besides issues of local infrastructure, FCM has advocated for a better quality of life in our local communities. To achieve our goals, FCM liaises and works with numerous other Canadian groups and organizations.

Source:
Inclusive Cities Canada
"Inclusive Cities Canada: A Cross-Canada Civic Initiative is a unique partnership of community leaders and elected municipal politicians working collaboratively to enhance social inclusion across Canada. The goals of Inclusive Cities Canada (ICC) are to strengthen the capacity of cities to create and sustain inclusive communities for the mutual benefit of all people, and to ensure that community voices of diversity are recognized as core Canadian ones."

- Go to the Municipalities Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/municipal.htm

Council of Atlantic Premiers
This web site provides information on:
* the Council of Atlantic Premiers (CAP),
* the Council of Maritime Premiers (CMP), and
* the Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers (NEG/ECP)
The website also provides convenient online access to Council publications, employee contact information, and to regional agencies and organizations as well as providing information on Working Together for Atlantic Canada: An Action Plan for Regional Co-operation (PDF- 492k, November 8, 2001).

Atlantic Institute for Market Studies
- (includes reports on CPP, transfer payments, UI reforms, pensions, the fishery, etc.)

Canadaeast.com - Eastern Canada's Information Source

St. Thomas University
Mount Allison University

Université de Moncton

University of New Brunswick


The Self-Sufficiency Project (New Brunswick, British Columbia) from the (U.S.) Research Forum on Children, Families and the New Federalism (Clearing house for collaborative research and informed policy on welfare reform and child well-being)
- See the Canadian Social Research Links Self-Sufficiency Project page for related links


 

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