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Newfoundland and Labrador (NL)

Sites de recherche sociale au Canada

Terre-Neuve et Labrador

Updated October 18, 2017
Page révisée le 18 octobre 2017

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* Key Welfare Links (scroll down to the grey box below, right column)
* Latest Newfoundland and Labrador Budget - March 27, 2014
* Poverty Reduction in Newfoundland and Labrador
* Newfoundland and Labrador Market Basket Measure (NLMBM)
* Royal Commission on Renewing & Strengthening our Place in Canada (2002-2003)
* Securing Our Future Together : The Renewal Strategy for Jobs and Growth
- 1999-2001
* Non-governmental websites

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.

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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/


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/

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Newfoundland and Labrador Poverty Reduction Strategy

NOTE: this link takes you to the NL 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


 


Hotlinks
The links below will take you directly to the following Newfoundland and Labrador government and non-governmental web pages:

NL Government Home Page
NL Departments and Agencies
Executive Council
Advanced Education, Skills and Labour NEW

Health and Community Services
Newfoundland and Labrador Statistics Agency
Department of Finance
Women's Policy Office
Labrador Affairs Office

LMIworks : Labour Market and Career Information
Community Sector Council Newfoundland and Labrador
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
St. John's Evening Telegram

Atlantic Institute for Market Studies
Memorial University School of Social Work

St. John's InfoNET

Dictionary of Newfoundland English Online


Guide to Programs and Services
for Individuals and Families Guidebook
(HTML)
The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Programs and Services for Individuals and Families Guidebook is an initiative of the Poverty Reduction Strategy. (...)
The Guidebook provides access to basic information such as a program’s name and purpose, a telephone number, and in some cases, an email or related web site address.
Information is divided into seven general headings:
* Financial Help
* Housing, Shelter and Home Supports
* Education and Learning
* Employment (Job) Help
* Medical, Health and Wellness
* Justice Help
* Other Services of Interest
NOTE : Click the link above, then scroll down to access the PDF version of this guide; you can also order the guide in paper format and in Braille.
Source:
Newfoundland and Labrador
Poverty Reduction Strategy


Newfoundland and Labrador
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
Advanced Education, Skills and Labour NEW

Name of the welfare program
Income Support

Legislation
Income and Employment Support Act
- Income and Employment Support Regulations
Source:
Statutes and Regulations
(House of Assembly)

Policy Manual
Income and Employment Support Policy Manual
- Income Support (home page of the Income Support Program, includes links to some info about the Income Support (Social Assistance) program

Welfare statistics
See Social Assistance caseload/beneficiary statistics and expenditure information, 1997 to 2014 (further down on the page you're reading presently) --- UPDATED APRIL 1, 2015
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Income Support Caseload Statistics
Income Support Benefits (individuals/families), 1992 to 2015 (PDF)
Historical Statistics of Newfoundland and Labrador (PDF - 1.1MB, 13 pages) - October 1970 - incl. social assistance stats from 1951-1969 (under "Health and Welfare")
Number of People on Welfare, March 1995 to March 2005 (PDF file - 133K, 1 page)
Sources:
* Newfoundland and Labrador Statistics Agency
* NL Community Accounts
* Department of Advanced Education and Skills
* National Council of Welfare

Welfare rates (benefits)
Monthly rates (from Program Overview)
- incl.
Family and Individual Benefit Rates + shelter
See Regulations section 13 foll.
NOTE : the former "Newfoundland and Labrador Family Benefit" no longer appears on the Dept. website; instead, the income support rates page refers to a Family and Individual Benefit (to assist with expenses such as food, clothing, personal care, household maintenance and utilities) and a Shelter benefit
. Assistance for children in welfare households is provided through the combined Newfoundland and Labrador Child Benefit and the Canada Child Tax Benefit paid by the federal government.

Latest search results on Google.ca for
"welfare, Newfoundland"

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

Related Links
* Department of Advanced Education and Skills Annual Report 2011 - 2012 (PDF - 1.3MB, 52 pages)
* Poverty Reduction Strategy
* Programs and Services for Individuals and Families Guidebook
*
Province of Newfoundland and Labrador Launches Poverty Reduction
* Reducing Poverty: An Action Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador (PDF) 2006
* Poverty Reduction Strategies in Quebec and in Newfoundland and Labrador (Oct/07) (from Parliamentary Research Library)
* 2005-06 Annual Report - Dept. of Human Resources, Labour & Employment (PDF - 1.3MB, 35 pages)
* More Advanced Education and Skills Publications


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

Government Home Page
- incl. links to : Office of the Premier - Tourism - Business - Economy & Statistics - News Releases - Services Directory - Publications - Departments/Agencies - House of Assembly - Popular Links - Telephone Directory

NL Departments and Agencies

Publications On-Line - links to all budgets, throne speeches, special reports, etc. (organized in reverse chronological order)
News Releases by Department

Government Releases
- link to all govt. depts., 1996 to date on one page 

This Week's Releases
- from all govt. depts. (all on one page) 
 
News Release Archive
- 1996 to date

Speeches and Addresses - by date and by Department
Ministerial Statements
- by date and by Department

Public Accounts - from the Department of Finance

Government Telephone Directory

Newfoundland and Labrador Advanced Education and Skills
[new name of the Department responsible for welfare in the province]

NOTE : As at January 21, 2012, this department's URL (the link in the previous line) still points to the old Dept. of Human Resources, Labour and Employment ("...hrle.gov..."), so you can expect more changes as the new NL Government's websites are tweaked to reflect the new ministries.

The new Department of Advanced Education and Skills incorporates most of the former Human Resources, Labour and Employment and the Advanced Studies component of the Department of Education. The new department will also house the new Workforce Development Secretariat. The Department of Advanced Education and Skills has a new mandate to ensure the province has highly educated graduates and skilled workers for a fast-growing economy. This will be achieved through a spectrum of services, supports and strategies in the following areas:
(...)
Delivering income support and other financial supports...

See the grey box above for key welfare links.

Income and Employment Support Policy Manual
http://www.aes.gov.nl.ca/policymanual/index.htm
Part I. Introduction
Part II. Legislation
Part III. Income Support
Part IV. Employment Supports
Part V. Appeals
Part VI. Underpayment, Overpayment, Recovery and Attachment
Part VII. Revisions

Income Support
http://www.aes.gov.nl.ca/income-support/
(home page of the Income Support Program, includes links to some info about the Income Support (Social Assistance) program

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Income Support Caseload Statistics
http://www.aes.gov.nl.ca/department/branches/incempyouth/incomesupportcase.html

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Welfare dependency statistics:
Income Support Benefits, 2007 to 2012

http://nl.communityaccounts.ca/table.asp?_=0bfAjIydpaWrnbSTh5-FvKGts2iWlb7NqpODyp.znos_

- includes stats from 2007 to 2012 on the number of individuals and family households receiving Income Support benefits, incidence (% of the population receiving Income Support), along with characteristics of the head of the household (age, education, occupation, employment status, employment availability) and the family (avg benefits, avg duration of assistance, couple families, single-parent families and more)

Source:
Community Accounts
http://nl.communityaccounts.ca/
RESEARCH TIP : On the Community Accounts home page, click "Tables and Charts" and then (on the small text box entitled "Geography Selector" that appears), click "Provinces and Territories". Select a jurisdiction from the drop-down menu, then click the "Select" button. On the next page, you'll find a cornucopia of statistics : Demographics - National Household Survey - Population Characteristics - Family Structure - Census 1996 to 2011, Family Characteristics - Health - Seniors Income, Consumption and Leisure - Employment and Working Conditions - Production - Community Safety and Social Vitality - Society, Culture, Politics and Justice - much more...

Department of Advanced Education and Skills
Annual Report 2011 - 2012
(PDF - 1.3MB, 52 pages)



Newfoundland and Labrador Poverty Reduction Strategy

NOTE: this link takes you to the NL 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.



Department of Health and Community Services
The Department of Health and Community Services provides a leadership role in health and community services programs and policy development for the province. This involves working in partnership with a number of key stakeholders including regional boards, community organizations, professional associations, post-secondary educational institutions, unions, consumers and other government departments.

Publications - links to departmental reports, discussion papers, health plans, etc.

News Releases - 1996 to date, by year

 

Newfoundland and Labrador Statistics Agency

Income Support Assistance (PDF- 13K, 1 page)
- monthly number of cases (households) and recipients, 1992 to latest month, updated monthly

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Historical Health and Welfare Statistics
of Newfoundland and Labrador

HTML table of contents with links to the individual chapters in PDF format
PDF (18.7MB, 318 pages)
Table of Contents:
Foreword and Preface - Population and Vital Statistics - Health and Welfare* - Labour Force - Wages and Working Conditions - Education - Gross Provincial Product and Personal Income - Provincial Government Finance - Banking and Finance - Price Indexes - Agriculture - Fisheries - Forestry - Mining - Manufacturing - Investment - Construction and Housing - Transportation - Communications - Electric Power - Trade and Services - Politics and Government - Justice

*Health and Welfare (PDF file - 504K, 11 pages) - includes (among other stats) social assistance statistics from 1951 to 1969


Newfoundland and Labrador
Market Basket Measure (NLMBM)

First Progress Report on the NL Poverty Reduction Strategy (PDF - 4MB, 76 pages, December 2009)
(...)
In the 2006 Action Plan:
[ Reducing Poverty: An Action Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador (PDF file - 1.6MB, 60 pages) ]
... a commitment was made to improve capacity to measure and track progress. A major innovation has been the development of the Newfoundland and Labrador Market Basket Measure (NLMBM). This new measure uses a similar approach to the federal government's Market Basket Measure (MBM) [ more about the MBM further down on this page ]. Like the MBM, it compares the incomes of families to the cost of a basket of goods and services necessary to live a productive and socially inclusive life. Unlike the MBM and all other available measures of low-income that use surveys to estimate lowincome levels, the NLMBM uses tax-filer data and other sources to provide more accurate income and expense information for all tax-filers. This allows for the reporting of low-income levels in communities and neighbourhoods, as well as results for other subgroups such as different age groups or family types.
[Excerpt from the progress report, p.30]

For more info on the NLMBM, see Appendix II of the above progress report.

The NLMBM is available on Community Accounts [ www.communityaccounts.ca]

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From Eastern Health:

Health Status Report 2012 : Poverty
(...) The Newfoundland and Labrador Market Basket Measure (NLMBM) is an indicator that has been developed for use in Newfoundland and Labrador. Using this indicator, families and individuals are below the low income threshold when available income (i.e. disposable income) is less than the cost of the market basket in their community. The Newfoundland and Labrador Market Basket includes food, clothing and footwear, shelter, transportation, and other goods and services.
Source:
Regional Health Status Report 2012
[ Eastern Health ]
Eastern Health is the largest integrated health organization in Newfoundland and Labrador. We provide the full continuum of health services to a regional population of 290,000 and are responsible for a number of unique provincial programs.

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Related link:

Newfoundland and Labrador
Poverty Reduction Strategy

Related links:

- Go to the Poverty Measures - Canadian Resources page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/poverty.htm

 


Department of Finance

- incl. links to : Minister - Branches/Divisions - Budget 2003 - Fuel Tank Replacement Program - Home Heating Fuel Rebate - Economy - Statistics - News Releases - Publications - Taxes - Tax Credits, Incentives & Benefits - Statutes & Regulations - Pensions Administration Division

News Releases - 1996 to date, by year

Publications On-Line - links to all budgets, throne speeches, special reports, etc.

 

 

Newfoundland and Labrador Budget 2014
http://www.budget.gov.nl.ca/budget2014/
March 27, 2014
"ain Budget page, includes links to all budget documents

Budget Speech 2014
http://www.budget.gov.nl.ca/budget2014/speech/default.htm

Budget Highlights
http://www.budget.gov.nl.ca/budget2014/highlights/default.htm

News Releases
http://www.budget.gov.nl.ca/budget2014/releases/default.htm
- includes links to ELEVEN news releases and FIFTEEN backgrounders pertaining to the NL 2014 Budget (except for the first one at the top of the page, which is the budget speech).

Links to selected relevant news
releases and related backgrounders:

Poverty Reduction Strategy Total Investments Surpass $1 Billion (incl. one backgrounder)
http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2014/aes/0327n22.htm
Backgrounder:
Supports to Help Vulnerable Populations, Seniors and Individuals with Low Incomes

http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2014/aes/0327n23.htm

Shared Prosperity, Fair Society, Balanced Outlook (incl. two backgrounders)
http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2014/exec/0327n02.htm

Full-day Kindergarten to be Implemented Province-wide in 2016 (incl. two backgrounders)
http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2014/edu/0327n12.htm

Budget 2014 Reduces Student Debt to Historic Lows (incl. two backgrounders)
http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2014/aes/0327n09.htm

$3 Billion Investment Advances Health Care for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians (incl. two backgrounders)
http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2014/health/0327n15.htm

Click the "News Releases" link above to access the complete collection of NL Budget 2014 news releases.

Past Budgets
http://www.budget.gov.nl.ca/

Source:
Finance

http://www.gov.nl.ca/fin

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- Go to the 2014 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2014.htm


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

House of Assembly
Includes links to:
* Home
* Proceedings
* Members
* Legislation
* Publications
* Offices
* Management Commission
* Public Education & Outreach
* Contact Us


Department of Justice
- incl. links to : Minister - About Us - Legislation - Publications - News Releases - FAQs - Links

News Releases - 1996 to date, by year

Department of Education

News Releases - 1996 to date, by year

Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs

News Releases - 1996 to date, by year



Executive Council

A few historical nuggets:

Royal Commission on Renewing & Strengthening our Place in Canada
2002-2003
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
"The Royal Commission will consult with Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to develop a broad consensus on a vision for the future which will identify ways to achieve prosperity and self-reliance."
- incl. links to : About the Commission - Research - News Releases - Consultations - Resources - Contact Us

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No to Separation! No to Status Quo!
News Release
July 2, 2003
Executive Council
"The Royal Commission on 'Renewing and Strengthening Our Place in Canada' today released its report to the public. It calls for a renewed partnership between the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Government of Canada as the foundation for its Pathway to Renewal."

Research Papers - over two dozen papers (all in PDF format) written for this Royal Commission, covering a variety of themes, all relating to Newfoundland and Labrador and its place in Canada.
Complete Final Report (PDF file - 4MB, 224 pages)

Consultation Document (PDF file - 564K, 14 pages)
September 4, 2002

Royal Commission releases Research and Consultation Plan
September 4, 2002
"The mandate of the Royal Commission is to conduct a critical assessment of Newfoundland and Labrador’s strengths and weaknesses and to bring forward recommendations as to how they can renew and strengthen their place in Canada."

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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.

Women's Policy Office

- incl. links to:
* * Home
* Gender Based Analysis
* Violence Prevention Initiative
* Aboriginal Women
* Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Women (PACSW)
* Regional Status of Women Councils
* Organizations Promoting the Status of Women
* Women in Municipal Government
* Statistics

* Publications
* News Releases
* About the Office
* Links
* Respect Women Campaign
* Violence Prevention Initiative
* Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Women
* Multicultural Women’s Organization of Newfoundland and Labrador


Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation (NLHC)



Office of the Auditor-General

Reports of the Auditor General to the House of Assembly


Other Newfoundland and Labrador Sites - Autres sites de Terre-Neuve et Labrador

(The links below are more or less in reverse chronological order, except where they're not.)

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/

A tale of two provinces: a case for action against poverty
http://www.cpj.ca/content/tale-two-provinces-case-action-against-poverty-0
July 18, 2012
By Simon Lewchuk
British Columbia & Newfoundland and Labrador have more in common than being our country’s coastal bookends. Twelve years ago, they shared the distinction of having some of the highest poverty rates in the country: BC’s was the highest at 15.1 per cent while Newfoundland was a not too distant fourth place at 13.2 per cent (Low-Income Cut Off – After Tax).
Fast forward ten years, however, and a much different picture emerges. As the recently released Statistics Canada low-income data for 2010 reveals, Newfoundland now has one of the lowest poverty rates amongst the provinces, with 6.5 per cent of the population living in poverty. BC, on the other hand, still has the distinction of having, by far, the highest poverty rate amongst the provinces at 11.5 per cent. The rate in BC dropped, but less than it did in Canada as a whole over the same period (and certainly far less than in Newfoundland, which led the way with a 50.8% decrease).
So what made the difference?

Source:
Citizens for Public Justice

http://www.cpj.ca/

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
October 18, 2011

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.

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* 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 ]

Post-Secondary Education in Newfoundland and Labrador
By Nick Falvo
September 16, 2011
Last March, Keith Dunne and I wrote an opinion piece on Danny Williams’ post-secondary education (PSE) legacy in Newfoundland and Labrador. Among other things, we pointed out that average undergraduate tuition fees (for domestic students) in Newfoundland and Labrador are $2,624/yr., compared with $5,138 for Canada as a whole and $6,307 in Ontario. With a provincial election slated to take place in Newfoundland and Labrador on October 11, Newfoundland and Labrador’s NDP is proposing to take the province even further down the path of PSE affordability.

Source:
Progressive Economics Forum

Poverty Reduction Strategy 2010 Consultations Completed
December 16, 2010
The following statement was given today in the House of Assembly by the Honourable Joan Burke, Acting Minister of Human Resources, Labour and Employment:
I rise today in this Honourable House to provide an update on the Poverty Reduction Strategy.
In keeping with the Provincial Government’s commitment to consult the public every two years about poverty, an extensive set of consultations was conducted this past fall. In fact, this is the third set of consultations we have held since 2005, demonstrating the significance of public input in the initial development and continuation of our anti-poverty efforts. These latest consultations are especially significant, as they will help inform the development of the next four-year action plan to fight poverty in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Source:
Human Resources, Labour and Employment


For more poverty reduction links for Newfoundland and Labrador,
see the Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page of this site:

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

Community Sector Council Newfoundland and Labrador
Established in 1976 as an independent non-profit organization, the Community Sector Council Newfoundland and Labrador (formerly known as the Community Services Council is committed to strengthening and promoting the essential role that voluntary and nonprofit, community organizations play in building healthy and prosperous communities. Our vision is a prosperous and inclusive society that supports individuals, families and communities. Our mission is to encourage citizen engagement, to promote the integration of social and economic development and to provide leadership in shaping public policies.
- excellent collection of resources for the voluntary sector!


May 2009
Tracing a Path from the Past to the Future Newfoundland and Labrador (PDF - 652K, 49 pages)
By Fran Locke with Penelope Rowe, Community Sector Council Newfoundland and Labrador

Source:
Poverty Reduction Policies and Programs
Social Development Report Series, 2009

Source:
Canadian Council on Social Development

NOTE: To avoid duplication as much as possible, I've moved poverty reduction links for all jurisdictions to the Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page of this site : http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty.htm

Newfoundland and Labrador
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

What's new from the
Caledon Institute of Social Policy
:

Newfoundland and Labrador:
Innovative Strategies in Government-Community Collaboration
(PDF - 85K, 9 pages)
By Fran Locke, Penelope Rowe and Anne Makhoul
April 2009
An ambitious experiment, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Strategic Social Plan (SSP) – unveiled in 1998 – called for involvement of the voluntary, community-based sector and citizens in policy formulation. Dismantled in 2004, it also provided the foundation for Newfoundland and Labrador’s current Rural Secretariat and its celebrated Community Accounts database.

New from
GPI Atlantic
:

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


2007 provincial election:

Newfoundland & Labrador Votes 2007 - from the CBC
- incl. links to the following articles:
* Former minister calls Liberal collapse 'catastrophic'
* Efford keeping keen eye on Liberal leadership
* Williams leads Tory landslide in N.L.
* Heartbreak for Liberals as Grit vote collapses
* Humber West voters love Williams
* Liberal Leader Reid loses home district by 7 votes
* NDP Leader Michael alone again
* Tories defy energy critics in Labrador
* Metro St. John's still blue

Welfare to Work Study
King's College (University of Western Ontario)
Caroline A. Gorlick, Ph.D/Associate Professor, King's College, is the principal investigator of this research project and Guy Brethour is the research associate/coordinator.

The Dynamics of Welfare Participation in Newfoundland: 1986-1998
April 1999
Source:
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada


Dictionary of Newfoundland English Online
This is for real - I played with it until I was all cowed out; I needed to keel out for a spell on the settle... 


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. 



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


St. John's Evening Telegram
Atlantic Institute for Market Studies
(includes many reports and studies on CPP, transfer payments, UI reforms, pensions, the fishery, etc.) 
Memorial University School of Social Work

 

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