Canadian Social Research Links

Canadian Non-Governmental Organizations
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Sites de recherche sociale au Canada

Organismes non-gouvernementaux canadiens
(Mission sociale)

Updated December 16, 2017
Page révisée le 16 décembre 2017

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Go to the Canadian Social Research Organizations page for links to websites of the following Canadian think tanks and research organizations: 
C.D. Howe Institute - Caledon Institute of Social Policy - Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - Canadian Policy Research Networks - Canada West Foundation - Centre for the Study of Living Standards - Fraser Institute - National Council of Welfare - Institute on Governance - Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP) - Canadian Council on Social Development - International Development Research Centre - - - and more
(This is an arbitrary split to control the size of pages on this site)

This page includes national and selected provincial/territorial NGOs except for Ontario and British Columbia (those are on separate pages)
For international NGOs, see the International NGO Links  - Human Rights Links - U.S. NGO Links pages
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The Welfare State Matters….
Donna Wood's blog, includes her reflections on unemployment insurance, social assistance, and the public employment service in Canada and other places.

Tribute to the Caledon Institute of Social Policy
November 28, 2017
After 25 years of social policy research, the Caledon Institute of Social Policy is winding down. On November 27, 2017 the Maytree Foundation hosted a celebration of the impact Caledon has had on social policy in the past quarter century.
Millions of our poorest Canadians are virtually ignored. In my view, the provision of pan-Canadian data, research and analysis is a core responsibility of our governments: either federal, federal/provincial/territorial, or provincial/territorial.

For more info on Donna's bona fides, see "About Donna E. Wood":

Selected published works:

Wood, Donna E. 2017, The Seventy-Five Year Decline: How Government Expropriated Employment Insurance from Canadian Workers and Employers and Why This Matters, published by the Mowat Centre, University of Toronto, available at

The Life, Death and Re-birth of Social Policy Research and Advisory Institutions in Canada
Posted on August 21, 2017
- includes a listing of key federally-funded social policy institutions that have disappeared or been substantially diminished in the past twenty-five years.

Caledon Institute of Social Policy : Announcements
November 1, 2017

1. Caledon just released Welfare in Canada, 2016 (PDF - 70 pages)
By Anne Tweddle, Ken Battle and Sherri Torjman
November 2017
Proactive disclosure:
Co-author Anne Tweddle is the wife of the Canadian Social Research Links Guy (me).
This report focuses on the incomes of four different households living on social assistance, commonly known as “welfare.” It is a continuation of the welfare incomes series published regularly by the former National Council of Welfare.

Total welfare incomes consist of the sum of the following components:
• social assistance
• provincial/territorial and federal child benefits and
• provincial/territorial and federal tax credits.

Caledon Institute of Social Policy
The Caledon Institute is a social policy think tank. Established in 1992, the Caledon Institute of Social Policy is a private, nonprofit organization with charitable status. It is supported primarily by the Maytree Foundation, located in Toronto. Caledon is an independent and critical voice that does not depend on government funding and is not affiliated with any political party.


2. Caledon will be winding down its operations at the end of November 2017.

The annual Welfare in Canada report (see below) will continue to be produced by Maytree. Future reports will be consistent in methodology to their earlier versions in order to ensure comparability and reliability. Earlier editions of the Welfare in Canada reports, along with all other Caledon Institute papers, will be archived by Maytree and will be available later this year on the Maytree website.

At Maytree, we believe that poverty is created when economic and social systems do not keep pace with our changing world. This impacts the quality of life in our communities.
The most enduring way to fix the systems that create poverty is to safeguard economic and social rights for all people living in Canada.
(...) We support leaders, organizations and civic communities by:
--- Developing and sharing knowledge;
--- Strengthening learning and leading; and
--- Mobilizing action to further economic and social rights.

Related link:

Canada Social Report
Launched in spring 2015 by the Caledon Institute of Social Policy, the Canada Social Report was inspired by the recent loss of data in Canada. Two areas – Welfare in Canada and Social Assistance Summaries – will continue to be regularly updated unless the federal government recommences the production and publication of this information. Policy Monitors offer a searchable database of federal and provincial/territorial policy announcements which is updated monthly. Municipal social program development in Canada’s seven largest cities is summarized and updated three times a year in the Municipal Monitor. These elements are complemented by statistical data and descriptive information gathered from a broad range of sources. The site will expand and evolve over time. We welcome your feedback and your support of this vital and ambitious pan-Canadian initiative

Release of CSLS-OECD Special Issue of the International Productivity Monitor
Ottawa, July 6, 2017
The Centre for the Study of Living Standards [ ] today released a special issue of its flagship publication, the International Productivity Monitor [ ], done in partnership with the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development [ ]. The issue is based on selected papers from the First OECD Global Forum on Productivity held in Lisbon in July 2016.
The issue contains 11 articles featuring the most recent research on a wide range of productivity topics from the OECD and other organizations which undertake productivity research.

The Centre for the Study of Living Standards (CSLS) is a national, independent, Ottawa-based not-for-profit research organization. Its primary objective is to contribute to a better understanding of trends and determinants of productivity, living standards, and economic well-being in Canada through research.

Richard Shillington:

Dear Friends/Colleagues:
I am once again offering my course: “Statistical Tools for Policy Analysis” sometime during the first few months of 2016.
I’m gauging interesting for presentations in Toronto and Ottawa. I’d also like to explore the possibility of offering the course in Calgary.
Please pass this on to individuals you think might be interested.

See the attached flyer (PDF) for more info:
Course Offering:
Statistical Tools for Policy Analysis
Including Data Analysis using Excel
Conducted by
Richard Shillington
Winter 2016
--- <=== Send Richard an email message at this address if you're interested in signing up or just looking for more info.

Richard Shillington

Email address - for more info regarding the course

Hollowing out the Middle:
Recasting Workforce Development Programs under the Harper Government

Donna Wood from the University of Victoria has written a paper entitled Hollowing out the Middle: Recasting Workforce Development Programs under the Harper Government, [ ]

It looks at devolution under the Labour Market Development Agreements (LMDAs); the Labour Market Agreements (LMA) and the Canada Job Grant; Employment Insurance; pan-Canadian research and labour market information; Aboriginal and youth programming; federal/provincial relationships, and stakeholder engagement under the Harper Conservatives.

Her contribution is just one of 36 contributions to The Harper Record, 2008-2015, published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). Other subjects of interest to social policy researchers include First Nations relationships; immigration and temporary workers; tough on crime; child care; the Canada Social Transfer; public health care, and housing.


Complete report (PDF - 2.2MB, 432 pages):

Individual chapters:
* Democracy
* Labour and Migration
* Social Policy
* Economy
* Food, Water, Air, Environment

* Security, Foreign Policy and Trade

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)

Renewing Canada’s Social Architecture [ ] is a collaborative project whose purpose is to advance public dialogue on our social architecture, and highlight areas where our core social programs and policies require modernization to meet Canadians’ needs.


Mowat Centre :
Caledon Institute of Social Policy :
Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity :
Institute for Research on Public Policy :

On May 13, 2015, the following three new reports were posted to the Renewing Canada's Social Architecture website:

1. Policies in Support of Caregivers
May 13, 2015
More than one in four Canadian adults provide care that complements our health care and social service systems. But only limited and inconsistent supports are available to these caregivers.
Source: Caledon Institute of Social Policy

2. Access to Affordable Housing
May 13, 2015
A place to live is the most significant expense for the average Canadian household. Yet, about 1 in 7 Canadian households cannot find decent housing without spending over 30 per cent of their income.
Source: Mowat Centre

3. Employment Skills Training
May 13, 2015
Many Canadians rely on government-funded programs to help them to upgrade or update their skills when they are out of work. Today’s system was largely designed in a different time for the markedly different labour market of the 1980s and 1990s.
Source: Mowat Centre

Racialized Precarious Employment and the Inadequacies of the Canadian Welfare State
By Nicole S. Bernhardt
Published 10 April 2015
Although the rise in precarious employment within Canada is tied to the ascendancy of neoliberalism, racialized persons have long been marginalized within the Canadian workforce and relegated to precarious workforce participation. Through an exploration of the relationship between precarious employment and racialized power structures, it will be demonstrated that while the moderate Keynesian welfare policies of the post–World War II era served to mitigate the experiences of those excluded from the workplace, racialized power structures were not fundamentally altered in that era. [Source : Excerpt from the Abstract]

SAGE Open is a peer-reviewed, "Gold" open access journal from SAGE that publishes original research and review articles in an interactive, open access format. Articles may span the full spectrum of the social and behavioral sciences and the humanities.

From Canadians for Tax Fairness:

Winter 2015 Newsletter - March 13
* Tackling Tax Havens Campaign Continues :
* Tax Gap estimate could improve tax collecting :
* Federal Budget needs tax policies that could help re-build Canada :
* Corporations: Pay Your Fair Share campaign --- Saskatchewan :
* Help make tax fairness an election issue :
* Canadians for Tax Fairness co-sponsoring international conference in June :
--- Some of the conference speakers that have confirmed already include:
· Robert Reich – Former US Labour Secretary, political economist, professor, author and star of the award-winning documentary film, Inequality for All (USA)
· Jim Stanford – Unifor economist and founder of the Progressive Economics Forum
· Rick Mercer – Canadian comedian, television personality, political satirist and author
· Linda McQuaig – Canadian author, journalist and political commentator
· Alex Himelfarb - Former Clerk of the Privy Council and Canadian diplomat
· Dennis Howlett – Executive Director, Canadians for Tax Fairness
· Rosa Pavanelli – Public Service International General Secretary (Italy)
· Ogmundur Jonasson – Icelandic Member of Parliament (Iceland)
· Trish Hennessy – Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (Ontario)

Sign up for the Canadians for Tax Fairness E-Newsletter

Canadians for Tax Fairness
Canadians for Tax Fairness is a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization advocating for fair and progressive tax policies aimed at building a strong and sustainable economy, reducing inequalities and funding quality public services.

From the
Tamarack Institute:

Poverty Reduction Summit: Every City, Province and Territory Working Together
Date: May 6-8, 2015
Location: Ottawa, ON

The Poverty Reduction Summit: Every City, Province and Territory Working Together is an unprecedented gathering that will bring together senior leaders from across the country and beyond to align their efforts and merge their passion for poverty reduction. The Summit will strengthen communication and increase the alignment of our activities to achieve our common goal by amplifying the success of each community, province and territory's poverty reduction strategy. The Summit will motivate collective action leading to poverty reduction for 1 million Canadians. Join us May 6-8 in Ottawa as we leverage our collective efforts and build the movement to reduce poverty across Canada.

Online program and list of workshops:

----- Summit Learning Agenda (a.k.a. summit program)

----- List of (24) workshops

Learn more about the summit:
- includes sponsors/partners, keynote speakers, members of the coordinating team, cities attending and more

Registration details and
Online registration
The registration rates (in Canadian dollars) are as follows:
$695 for single registration
$555 per person for a group of two or more
* Subsidies available.

Tamarack : An Institute for Community Engagement
Founded in 2001, Tamarack is a charity that develops and supports learning communities to help people collaborate and to co-generate knowledge that solves complex community challenges. Our deep hope is to end poverty in Canada.

ENGAGE! Beautiful Thinking for March from the Tamarack Institute
March 2015

In this issue:

* A National Movement: Cities Reducing Poverty
* The Pendulum Swing of Collective Impact
* The New Philanthropy: Foundations in Complex Times
* The Use and Misuse of the Community Engagement Continuum
* Top 5 Things to Do in Ottawa
* The Latest from the Field
* Upcoming Events You Won't Want to Miss

SUBSCRIBE to Engage! Tamarack's monthly e-magazine

Tamarack Institute
Founded in 2001, Tamarack is a charity that develops and supports learning communities to help people collaborate and to co-generate knowledge that solves complex community challenges. Our deep hope is to end poverty in Canada.

Misery fundraising can’t replace social safety nets
By Elizabeth Renzetti
February 9, 2015
It used to be that crowdfunding sites like Indiegogo and Kickstarter were wonderful places to raise money for cultural projects – movies, plays, even the occasional potato-salad recipe. When the Morgentaler clinic in Fredericton was forced to close, it was able to raise enough money to reopen thanks to an online fundraising campaign. But lately, as the social safety net frays, the needy and desperate have turned to websites such as HandUp, GoFundMe and YouCaring to meet their basic needs. Needs that would have been met, even a couple of decades ago, by community or government services.
This is the problem with the wildly popular new online world of what you might call misery fundraising: It semi-solves one small problem while leaving the system in ruins.

The Globe and Mail

Engage! (monthly newsletter)
Beautiful thinking for January from Tamarack Institute
January 2015
In this Issue:
[Click the link above to access any of the seven items below.]

1. "Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast": Lessons from 2014
2. Community Connections
3. Experiencing Mariposa: A Community Story of Place
4. The Power of Measuring Volunteer Impact
5. In 2015 Make a Resolution to Invest in Yourself
6. Updates from Tamarack's Learning Communities
7. Upcoming Events

Tamarack : An Institute for Community Engagement
Founded in 2001, Tamarack is a charity that develops and supports learning communities to help people collaborate and to co-generate knowledge that solves complex community challenges. Our deep hope is to end poverty in Canada.

The charts every Canadian should watch in 2015
Dozens of economists, analysts, investors and financial bloggers sent us what they consider the most important charts for Canada as we head into 2015
By Jason Kirby
December 11, 2014
As Canada heads into the 2015 election year, oil prices are falling, the job market is on shaky ground and finances—at both the household and government levels—are strained. To make sense of it all, we asked dozens of economists, analysts, investors and financial bloggers to send us what they think is the most important chart for Canada as we head into 2015, and why. In doing so, we were inspired by this semi-annual Business Insider feature about the most important charts in the world. The result is these 35 charts, presented in no particular order, which each tell a story about the Canadian economy.

Spotlight on...

Chart # 20 : The shift to temporary foreign workers
By Armine Yalnizyan, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
(Click the link above, then scroll down to #20)


New from
Citizens for Public Justice

The Burden of Poverty: A snapshot of poverty across Canada
October 2014
“The Burden of Poverty: A snapshot of poverty across Canada” uses the most recent data from Statistics Canada to demonstrate the reality of poverty across the country. This report provides an accessible set of materials to support national and community-level anti-poverty work across the country, including CPJ’s own outreach and engagement activities, and Dignity for All: the campaign for a poverty-free Canada.

Download the complete report:

The Burden of Poverty: A snapshot of poverty across Canada (PDF - 1MB, 7 pages)
October 2014
There is no reason why poverty should exist in a country as wealthy as Canada. Approximately 4.8 million people in Canada live in poverty according to the Low Income Measure. That’s roughly 1 in 7.

Highlights of the “Burden of Poverty” report:
Measuring the unequal impact of poverty on some groups, like new immigrants, families led by single mothers, un-attached adults, youth and Aboriginal people.
* Presenting poverty rates for each province and territory as well as 32 communities across Canada.
* Calling for a federal plan to deal with the causes of poverty.

Citizens for Public Justice
Citizens for Public Justice promotes public justice in Canada by shaping key public policy debates through research and analysis, publishing, and public dialogue. CPJ encourages citizens, leaders in society, and governments to support policies and practices which reflect God’s call for love, justice, and stewardship.

Related links:

Dignity for All: the campaign for a poverty-free Canada

Chew on This
Join Dignity for All in this campaign as we call on the federal government to step up and take action to address poverty and food insecurity in Canada.


From Statistics Canada:
[ ]

Income in Canada

New from Statistics Canada: ]

August 8, 2014
Labour Force Survey, July 2014
Overall employment was unchanged in July, as gains in part-time work were offset by losses in full time. A decline in the number of people searching for work pushed the unemployment rate down 0.1 percentage points to 7.0%.

Related link:

Just how bad are Canada's latest job numbers released Friday by Statistics Canada?
August 8, 2014

Five statistics that tell the story:

* 59,700: That's the number of full-time jobs that were lost last month.
* 200: Economists had expected the creation of 20,000 jobs in July. Instead, a mere 200 jobs were created overall, with part-time jobs offsetting the loss of full-time work.
* 0.7%: That's the growth of employment over the past year, with the addition of 115,300 new jobs. All this growth was in part-time work.
* 35,400: That's how many people dropped out of the labour force last month and are no longer being counted as unemployed.
* 65.9%: This is Canada's participation rate, which tracks the number of people searching for jobs. This is the first time since 2001 it has fallen below 66%.



Stephen Harper's Conservative government says it's focused on "job creation and economic growth."
With the support of our Economic Action Plan, the Canadian economy has created approximately one million net new jobs since the depths of the global economic recession.


Fact check: putting the Conservatives' "million net new jobs" into context
July 15, 2014
By Andrew Jackson
(...) Canada's employment rate – the proportion of the working-age population with a job – is still well below pre-recession levels.

Broadbent Institute

Tougher action sought on 'predatory' payday lenders
By Jason Van Rassel
July 14, 2014
With provincial regulations governing payday lenders due to expire in 2016, a Calgary social services agency is urging the government to further restrict what it calls a "predatory" industry.

Calgary Herald



The Real Cost of Payday Lending (PDF - 256K, 10 pages)
June 2014
Since the early 1990s payday lending businesses have become increasingly prolific in most parts of Canada, including Calgary. The payday loan
industry claims that they provide a needed service at a reasonable cost and do not target those living on low incomes or push customers for repeat business. Social agencies and advocates working to reduce poverty view payday lenders and other fringe financial businesses as problematic for those looking to exit the cycle of poverty. Payday lenders charge interest rates that, when annualized, top 400% .
A wide range of options exist that can help solve the cycle of poverty exacerbated by fringe financial businesses, including payday lenders. There is no question that payday lenders perpetuate the cycle of poverty - statistics illustrate this. For every new customer who takes out a loan, the lender gives out loans to repeat customers. 55% of those who take out a payday loan do so to pay for necessities.



Canadian Payday Loan Association
The Canadian Payday Loan Association (CPLA) represents the majority of licensed payday lenders in Canada. CPLA works to ensure payday loan companies hold themselves to a higher standard of responsible service and to help customers make informed financial decisions .

Directory of Development Organizations : CANADA
(PDF - 1.4MB, 60 pages)
2011 Edition
Guide to international organizations, governments, private sector development agencies, finance institutions, training and research centres, civil society organizations, development consulting firms, information providers, and grantmakers.
- includes links to each organization in the list

1. The complete directory has been divided into 6 geographical sections: Africa, Asia and the Middle East, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, and Oceania. [ ]
2. You'll find the Canada file above in Volume V of the complete directory : North America [ ] .
3, Clicking the link in the previous line will take you to the directory page where the Canada file is located, as well as one PDF file for the United States and one that contains both Canadian and U.S. organizations.
4. Canadian Social Research Links made the list! (p.10)

Directory of Development Organizations
- 70,000+ development organizations dedicated to good governance, sustainable development and poverty reduction.
This page contains some methodological notes, including the following:
"This cutting-edge publication -- Eleventh Edition -- will give you hundreds (thousands) of useful sites where you can find the statistics, reports, regulations, best practices and other key information you need...when you need it. This time-saving tool includes a country finder index and annotates each organization by category, so you'll know from the start whether an organization is worth visiting. Its Internet resources will point you in the direction of the best development resources available in each country on the World Wide Web today."


Version française du site:

Versión en español del directorio:

New in
Huffington Post Canada:

[ ]

Why Poor People Can't Just "Get a Job"
By Janelle Vandergrift
June 25, 2014

Some key reasons why employment isn't the only answer to poverty:

1. Having a job does not always keep people out of poverty.
Forty-four per cent of low-income households in Canada had at least one person working in 2011.

2. A good job is hard to find.
Increasingly, employers are moving to hiring part-time, contract workers with limited, if any, benefits.

3. Survival first, employment later.
Getting to a place where employment is even a possibility can be extremely challenging for those who are simply trying to survive

4. The job market is inaccessible for many people.
Mental illness, addictions, disability, and discrimination based on gender, race, age, or sexual orientation -- these all contribute to an inaccessible job market for many people living in poverty.

Recommendations : How do we make sure jobs help people living in poverty?

BONUS (by Gilles):

In February 2014, there were 7.0 unemployed people for every job vacancy, up from 6.3 one year earlier.
Source: StatCan

Citizens for Public Justice

See also:

Dignity for All
Dignity for All is a multi-year, multi-partner, non-partisan campaign with a vision to create a poverty-free and more socially secure and cohesive Canada.
The Dignity for All campaign is therefore aimed primarily to achieve three federal policy goals:
1. Creation of a comprehensive, integrated federal plan for poverty elimination
2. Passing of a federal Act to eliminate poverty, promote social inclusion and strengthen social security.
3. Collection and allocation of sufficient federal revenue to invest in social security.

New from
Canada Without Poverty:

Bill C-585: An Act to Exclude Refugees from Social Assistance
June 18, 2014

This week is World Refugee Week.
[ ]
This is an opportunity for people in Canada to join together and lobby the government to make changes to policies that affect refugees. One of the big issues of focus this week is government cuts to health care for refugees. But there’s another important issue rearing its head that no one seems to be talking about: the Federal government is quietly using a motion to try to restrict access to social assistance for refugee claimants! This issue is being swept under the carpet and hasn’t received much media attention, largely because the wording of the government motion is so incredibly confusing.
On April 4th 2014, Corneliu Chisu, Conservative Member of Parliament for Pickering-Scarborough East Ontario tabled a motion to introduce Bill C-585, An Act to amend the Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act (period of residence).
[ ]
[ More info about Bill C- 585 : ]

This Bill basically says that provinces and territories should not have to follow the rule to NOT have a minimum amount of time before they can apply for social assistance. (...) Let’s not be fooled by this Bill and its convoluted efforts to further marginalize one of the most disadvantaged groups in Canada. We are a country that has long had compassion for refugees on the understanding that everyone is entitled to a safe and decent place to live. Let’s keep it that way.

Canada Without Poverty

'Access My Info' Tool Lets Telecom Subscribers Know If They've Been Spied On
June 16, 2014
Canadians concerned about their online privacy have a new way to find out whether their telecom provider is collecting information about them — and sharing it with third parties like government entities. The new tool, developed by some of the country's top privacy experts, makes it easier for Canadians to force their provider to disclose their practices.
Known as Access My Info (see the link below), the web tool helps create a formal letter which, under Canadian privacy law, telecom companies are legally obliged to respond to within 30 days, the website offering the tool says.

Huffington Post Canada


Access My Info

Access My Info is a project of [ ], an award-winning community-based organization that safeguards the possibilities of the open Internet. We work toward informed and participatory digital policy by engaging hundreds of thousands of people in protecting our online rights.


Introducing Access My Info (video, duration 1:36) from CTV


Comment (by Gilles):
This is ironic, if not downright bizarre.
Open Media is a trustworthy, credible media watchdog based in Vancouver.
One of its guiding themes is the protection of Canadians' privacy.
So why is Open Media asking for (1) my name, (2) my address, (3) my phone number, (4) my Internet Service Provider (Rogers), (5) my Rogers Internet account number and (6) my Rogers email address???

As it turns out, Open Media DOESN'T need the above personal info for ANY reason except so they can plop the info into a form letter that you download as a PDF file. Then, you send your PDF to your service provider, formally requesting the kinds of personal information that they maintain and retain about you.

If Open Media valued my right to privacy (this is the irony part), they would give me the option of downloading the BLANK form letter with spaces for me to fill in the info that I wish to share ONLY with my service provider. There's absolutely NO valid reason to force me to provide my personal information to access this service.

Sample form letter
I provided some made-up information for the required fields in the Access My Info Tool.
The small (two-page) PDF file that was created contains the form letter drafted by Open Media PLUS my address, my phone number , my account number and my email address. And it's all typed, like a personalized form letter (i.e., no blank spaces to fill in by hand.)

Well, Whoop-Dee-Doo.
I understand that this is Open Media's way of keeping track of how many people are actually sending in a formal request to their Internet Service Provider to access their info. But, like most people, I resent having to provide personal info - including MY EFFING INTERNET ACCOUNT NUMBER for no valid reason.

Option B : offer a template blank form letter as a PDF to download from the Open Media website.

Canada's sticky challenge of long-term unemployment
By Tavia Grant
May 4, 2014
The number of people out of work for half a year or longer was 272,300 last year, nearly twice as many as six years earlier. Those out of work for a year or longer numbered 96,400 last year – more than double 2007 levels, according to Statistics Canada data.

The Globe and Mail

Course Offerings by Richard Shillington in Spring 2014 (PDF - 108K, 5 pages)
* Statistics Tools for and Policy Analysis ($700 - 12 half day sessions or 6 full day sessions in Ottawa or Toronto) - covers the use of data analysis and statistics in a policy environment.
* Statistical Analysis within Excel ($500 - 8 half day sessions in Ottawa) - covers conducting data and statistical analysis within Excel.
[Click the link above for more detailed info on course content; contact Richard by email to follow up, if you wish.]

Course conducted by
Richard Shillington
Spring 2014

NOTE by Gilles:
I don't normally feature links to resources that have a price tag attached, but I decided to make an exception this once, for a few reasons.
I've known Richard for many years, stretching well back to my days toiling in the bowels of Human Resources Development Canada as a social program information type. I've always known him as a straightshooter and a passionate voice for social justice.
1. In his course flyer (see above), Richard announces that he's "started to ease into retirement", and I wanted to take the opportunity to thank him on behalf of Canadian seniors. That's because back at the turn of the millennium, Richard (and the Toronto Star) helped several hundred thousand seniors to qualify for the Guaranteed Income Supplement under Old Age Security. Good on you, Richard!
[ See for more info on GIS undersubscription. ]
2. Richard believes "there is a need for those active in policy analysis for a course on how statistical tools are used, and somehow abused, in policy analysis. I agree, and I think he's admirably suited to give such a course.
3. Not only is he informative; he's also
a witty presenter and very entertaining!

Social Assistance in Canada (Notes by Nick Falvo)
October 24
, 2013
By Nick Falvo
This week I am [in Regina] attending a conference entitled “Welfare Reform in Canada: Provincial Social Assistance in Comparative Perspective,” organized by Professor Daniel Béland.

The focus of the conference is “social assistance,” which typically encompasses both last-resort social assistance (i.e. ‘welfare’) and disability benefits. In Ontario, the former is known as Ontario Works and the latter as the Ontario Disability Support Program. Every Canadian province and territory has its own social assistance system—that is, its own legislation, its own policies and its own regulations. First Nations with self-government agreements have their own income assistance programs. And for First Nations without self-government agreements, income assistance is funded by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (but “aligned with the rates and eligibility criteria for off-reserve residents of the reference province or territory”).

I was a discussant on two papers at the conference.
Some of the points I made in that capacity include the following:
* Social Assistance has Mixed Objectives – to give their recipients enough money to live on; and to NOT give their recipients enough money to live on.
* Tax credits (federal, provincial and territorial) have taken on greater importance for social assistance recipients over the past 15 years.
* Senior levels of government in Canada do not make substantial investments in training for workers. Nor do employers (for the most part).
* Most provinces and territories have implemented ‘poverty reduction strategies‘ in recent years. The jury is still out on how effective they will prove to be...

Progressive Ecomomics Blog

Social well-being in Canada: how do the provinces measure up?
By Jennifer Mason
September 9, 2013
(...) Overall, the provinces share relatively similar well-being outcomes, with the exception of Manitoba and Saskatchewan, which perform poorly compared to the other provinces. (...) There are many social, economic, environmental, cultural, and other factors that may explain variances and similarities in well-being outcomes among the Canadian provinces. Here, four potentially explanatory factors will be explored: 1) Provincial GDP per capita, 2) Levels of income inequality, 3) Outlier provinces, and 4) Provincial social spending and federal support.

NOTE : This post is the executive summary of a full-length PDF report (790K, 20 pages) by the same name:

The Broadbent Blog

This blog is a feature of
The Broadbent Institute

Also from the Broadbent Blog:

Indecent proposals: why the Fraser Institute is wrong on immigration
September 3, 2013
By Patti Tamara Lenard
My best guess it that the Fraser Institute expects no one to read the report [ ] behind their newest sensationalist press release, in which they claim that the cost of immigrants to Canada is staggeringly high.
Anyone who looked at the report more closely would find false claims, deliberately misleading arguments, a naive understanding of global migration trends, and evident ignorance of what informs Canada’s immigration priorities. The report is so poor and illogical that it cannot be taken seriously as contributing to public debates about policy reform in the domain of immigration.

The Broadbent Blog
The Broadbent Blog is part of the
Broadbent Institute


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Changing Perspectives : Addressing the Social Determinants
of Mental Health & Addictions

Canadian Mental Health National Conference
October 17-18, 2013
The Canadian Mental Health Association 2013 National Conference, Changing Perspectives…Addressing the Social Determinants of Mental Health and Addictions, will take place at the Delta Ottawa City Centre on October 16th (Institutes) and October 17th and 18th for the Conference. There is a growing awareness of the issues related to mental illness in this country, and a growing understanding of the costs in human suffering that occurs when serious mental illness is left untreatd. While 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime, we know that ultimately what determines our mental health status will be a range of conditions such as our income level, where we live, where we work and our early childhood development.
Our conference will bring together keynote speakers and workshop presenters to share their knowledge and expertise. We hope you will join us to network, learn and share with participants at this conference.

Conference Program

Concurrent Sessions

Register online

Conference Fees


Canadian Mental Health Association

Why Is Tom Mulcair Opposed to Tax Increases?

August 9, 2013
By Nick Falvo
A recent online article* suggests that Federal NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair is opposed to increasing federal tax rates. I find this quite surprising.
[ * Link to the article : ]
Mr. Mulcair appears to be under the impression that taxation across Canada has been increasing in recent years.
I have a different interpretation of recent tax trends.

Consider the following:
- In the early 1980s, Canada’s top federal income tax rate was 43%. Today, it is 29%.
- In 2000, the federal government’s general corporate income tax rate was 29%. By 2012, it was 15%.
- Etc.

progressive Economics Forum


Also by Nick Falvo:

Funding Cuts to Alberta’s Post-Secondary Education Sector: There Are Alternatives
y Nick Falvo
August 7, 2013
It has recently been reported that the University of Alberta wants to “reopen two-year collective agreements” with faculty and staff “to help the university balance its budget…”

This appears to be in direct response to Alberta’s provincial government announcing in its March budget that there would be a “7% cut to operating grants to universities, colleges, and technical institutes.”

This strikes me as a curious turn of events, for several reasons.

- Alberta’s top income tax rate (10%) is the lowest of any Canadian province or territory.
- Alberta’s corporate tax rate (10%) is also among the lowest in Canada.
-There is no provincial sales tax in Alberta (making it the only jurisdiction without a sales tax.)
- Compared to workers in the rest of Canada, Alberta workers have not been earning their fare share of productivity increases.

If Alberta’s provincial government is having trouble balancing its books, why doesn’t it increase taxes?

Canada Without Poverty News
[Click the link above to access any of the news articles below.]

* Yukon Housing Action Plan Progress Report - May 6, 2013
* Right to Housing Charter Challenge in the Courts - May 27, 2013
* Poverty plan for Calgary moves closer to the finish line - May 21, 2013
* From Wrong to Wright: An Open Letter from CWP - May 16, 2013
* Living wage: incomes that reflect actual costs of living - May 9, 2013
* Press Release: Canada’s Human Rights Record Challenged - April 30, 2013

NOTE: In addition to the above news items, be sure to check out the links in the "Categories" box on the right-hand side of the page.
It includes many valuable resources, organized under the following topics:
* Appointments * Articles * Engage Ottawa Project * Events * Huffington Post * Legislative Updates * News * Reports * Uncategorized * Videos

Canada Without Poverty
Canada Without Poverty is a federally incorporated, non-partisan, not-for-profit and charitable organization dedicated to the elimination of poverty in Canada.

Citizens for Public Justice:

April 2013 Newsletter
In This Issue:
* Income Inequality report now online
* Great Revenue Robbery launched as tax havens scandal breaks
* Proud to Protect Refugees a success!
* "Reaching for Right Relationships": Alberta events and AGM coming soon
* "Bridging the Secular Divide" coming soon
* Dignity for All asks B.C. leaders to tackle poverty
* New: Poverty at Your Doorstep city reports
* CPJ in community events

March 2013 Newsletter
In This Issue:
Whom does the 2013 budget serve?
* New: Proud to Protect Refugees campaign
* Living Eco-Justice book in the works
* May conference on religious discourse and secular society
* 50th Anniversary: first event a success!
* Book launch: The Great Revenue Robbery
* Recent Web features
CPJ in the community

Earlier issues of JUSTICenews:
- back to Sept. 2012

Citizens for Public Justice
We are a faithful response to God’s call for love, justice and stewardship.We envision a world in which individuals, communities, societal institutions and governments all contribute to and benefit from the common good.

PEF (Progressive Economics Forum)
at the Canadian Economics Association meetings
May 31 - June 2, 2013
The Progressive Economics Forum (PEF) holds its own panels and sessions at the Canadian Economics Association (CEA) conference, taking place at HEC Montréal in Montréal this year from May 31 through June 2, 2013.

To attend the PEF meetings, please register for the main
CEA conference
[ ] and/or contact us:
[ ].

The following is the complete list of topics for the PEF sessions, which were organized by Nick Falvo.
Click the top link above for the complete list of topics, speakers and participants.

PEF 1: Will the Eurozone Remain Locked in a Permanent Crisis or Are There Viable Long-Term Solutions?
PEF 2: The Political Economy of Financial Markets in the Wake of Global Financial Crisis
PEF 3: Childcare in Canada – What and how are families doing?
PEF 4: The Costs of Homelessness
PEF 5: The Financing of Long-Term Residential Care in Canada and the United States
PEF 6/CSLS: Living Standards in Canada
PEF Keynote Address: Guillaume Hebert (IRIS), “A History of Neoliberalism in Quebec”
PEF 7: Inflation Targeting After the Crisis: Cracks in the “Consensus?”
PEF 8: Economics of the Possible: Opportunities and Constraints in Québec a Year After the Printemps Érable

The Progressive Economics Forum Blog

Citizens for Public Justice
CPJ Justice ENews : February 2013

In This Issue:
[Click the link above to access any of the articles below.]
* National housing bill defeated in spite of strong support
* Got some March Break time? Enter the High School Video Contest!
* Would you like to serve on CPJ's Board?
* Coming: exciting conference on religious discourse and secular society
* One-year youth internship opportunity with CPJ
* Book Launch: The Great Revenue Robbery
* CPJ on the Hill and in the community
* Web Features
NOTE : the Web Feature for this issue of CPJ Justice ENews is the series on affordable housing in Canada
(see the links below.)

Affordable Housing in Canada series
We've been putting an emphasis on housing justice as part of the energy around Bill C-400.
Starting with an infographic that brings to life the need for housing in Canada
[ ]
... we followed up with four in-depth articles:

1. "The Need": the numbers of "visible" and the "hidden" homeless

2. "The Shortage": low supply, high demand, and long waiting lists

3. "Federal Investments on the Decline": less government support as need grows

4. "An Economically Sound Investment": we all save money with housing for all

Does Parliament care about equal opportunity?
This is CPJ's take on why Parliament needs to dedicate adequate time to its important income inequality study coming soon.

Ontario adds to the call for a national housing strategy

CPJ affirms new Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne's statement that a national housing strategy is a priority.

CPJ's work covers a number of areas organized under six themes:
* Poverty * Ecological Justice * Taxation that Supports All * Federal Budgets * Election Resources *
Democracy and Electoral Reform
[Click the CPJ home page link below, then select one of the themes in the left margin of that page.]

Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ)
We are a faithful response to God’s call for love, justice and stewardship.We envision a world in which individuals, communities, societal institutions and governments all contribute to and benefit from the common good.

The trouble with austerity: Cutting is more about ideology than economics
Austerity fetishism is simply the latest expression of free market orthodoxy
By Alex Himelfarb
February 24, 2013
Governments here and elsewhere are increasingly preoccupied with cutting even as evidence piles up of its harmful consequences on people and the economy. Austerity is not even delivering the balanced budgets its advocates promise. Even the International Monetary Fund is now preaching balance rather than a single-minded focus on cuts [ ]. Yet austerity’s adherents hold fast, deny the evidence or double down. Why is that?

[ Alex Himelfarb is the director of the Glendon School of International and Public Affairs and a former clerk of the Privy Council. ]

Toronto Star


Related links:

Big Ideas: Alex Himelfarb on the consequences of tax cuts (video, 53:45)
November 11, 2011
How Did Taxes Become a Bad Word? The Former Clerk of the Privy Council, Alex Himelfarb, discusses why we should be investing more, not less, in our future. While today's political leaders exalt the benefits of increased tax-cutting, Himelfarb argues that further tax cuts will come with serious consequences, including cuts to services and deeper inequality. According to Himelfarb, what we need is nothing less than a re-think about what our future is worth. His lecture was produced in collaboration with the Literary Review of Canada.


Alex's Blog
Recent blog postings:
* The Age of Austerity
* The mean test: how we measure success
* Bargain Basement Citizenship and the Decline of Democracy
* Taking Back Our Democracy: Bridging the Generational Divide
* Going, Going, Gone: Dismantling the Progressive State
* The Inequality Trap: A Meaner Canada
* Canada’s War on Crime

* Accommodating religion, diversity and common citizenship
* Adapting health and social architecture
* Harnessing the global economy
* Improving public institutions

accountability alex himelfarb Andrew Coyne Armine Yalnizyan Canada at 150 census citizen engagement citizenship civil society crime policy culture wars democracy eugene lang financial crisis Frank Graves George Lakoff government Guergis healthcare Jaffer Jeffrey Simpson John Ibbitson leadership Leadnow michael Sandel neoliberalism oil spill Paul Krugman Paul Wells policy politics progressive politics public discourse public policy Richard Wilkinson scandal Scott Payne Statistics Canada taxes Tea Party Tom Flanagan trust user fees wedge politics welfare state

JusticeNet --- "Making Justice more Accessible to Canadians"
JusticeNet is a not-for-profit service helping people in need of legal expertise, whose income is too high to access legal aid and too low to afford standard legal fees. The professionals found on this site have agreed to devote a portion of their practice to qualifying clients at reduced fees. Participating professionals include licensed lawyers, mediators and paralegals.

Related link from the
Toronto Star:

JusticeNet is bringing affordable justice to all
Half of Canadians can’t afford a lawyer. Volunteers have found a solution, but governments refuse to contribute a penny.
By Carol Goar
Anyone whose net family income is less than $59,000 qualifies for the service. Participating lawyers charge $100 to $150 per hour (compared with a market rates ranging from $243 per hour for a junior lawyer to $438 per hour for a veteran, according to Canadian Lawyer magazine.) JusticeNet’s paralegals charge between $40 and $80 per hour. Some of its professionals will waive their fees for clients who can’t afford even the reduced rate.

Public Legal Education and Information (PLEI)

PLEI Connect
PLEI Connect is a project to help organizations across Canada identify and share technology tools to effectively deliver public legal education and information (PLEI) services. The PLEI Connect project team is made up of:
* Community Legal Education Ontario [ ]
* Éducaloi [ ]
* PovNet [ ]
* Courthouse Libraries BC [ ]

PLEI Connect is supported with funding from the Access to Justice Fund [ ],
administered by the Law Foundation of Ontario [ ] and
Department of Justice Canada <>.


New Set of Webinars and Web labs - PLEI for Mobile and "Les médias sociaux et la VIJ"

* PLEI Connect - 3rd Web lab: PLE for Mobile - Tuesday January 29, 2013 at 9:30 AM PST / 12:30 PM EST.
* La Connexion VIJ - 3e weblab - La VIJ dans les médias sociaux - Wednesday January 30, 2013 at 9:30 AM PST / 12:30 PM EST.*


PLEI Connect : Recordings of 3rd set of Webinars Now Available!
[ PLEI = Public Legal Education and Information ]

To register, please visit:

PLEI Connect
- Where technology & public legal education and information meet


PLEI Connect

The Harper Government’s New Math
By Angella MacEwen
November 15, 2012
Every time this government crows about its job creation record, I cringe. They have moved the finish line and declared victory. No reason to worry about the unemployed here, folks. Let’s move on to more public service cuts, and/or tax cuts. Never mind that unemployment has been in and around 7.4% since the spring of 2011, nowhere near the 6% prior to the recession. Never mind that there were nearly 300,000 more Canadians looking for work in October 2012 than there were in October 2008.
So let’s take a look at some of those claims.
1) ”We’ve created over 800,000 jobs.” (...)
2) “90% of the jobs created have been full-time.” (...)
3) ”The majority of job creation has been in traditionally high paid sectors”. (...)

Progressive Economics Forum
The Forum’s general purpose is to promote progressive approaches to economic analysis, policy-making, and activism in Canada.

New from
TV Ontario:

To the End of Poverty
October 16, 2012
This video (duration 4:30) challenges us to think about our commonly held beliefs about the roots of poverty and solutions to end poverty. Featuring the song "The End of Poverty" by Toronto Indie pop art band Tomboyfriend, it's an exuberant anthem about living joyously despite being on the fringes.

Politics and Poverty Reduction
(video, 49 minutes)

November 15, 2012
Join Steve Paikin as he explores a perennial question: How do we eliminate poverty?

Andrew Coyne (Columnist, Post Media)
Glen Hodgson (Chief Economist, Conference Board of Canada)
Hugh Segal (Senator, Kingston-Frontenac-Leeds)
Armine Yalnizyan (Senior Economist, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

This video is part of TVO's 'Why Poverty' series.

Why Poverty?
Why Poverty? is a groundbreaking cross-media event reaching more than 500 million people around the world. TVO is proud to be one of 70 participating broadcasters kick-starting national and global debates about poverty in the 21st Century.
Links include:
* Documentaries * Understanding Poverty * Ending Poverty * Classroom Tools * About

More Why Poverty Documentaries


New from
Citizens for Public Justice:

Poverty Trends Scorecard Report Now Online
October 17, 2012
The new Citizens for Public Justice report, Poverty Trends Scorecard—Canada 2012 was just released on October 17, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. It shows how although some progress toward ending poverty in Canada has been made, much more work remains for us all to do.

Poverty Trends Scoreboard : Canada 2012 (PDF - 2.2MB, 24 pages)
* Introduction
* Poverty Trends: Summary / Summary Table
* Poverty in Canada
* Poverty by Province
* Poverty by Age and Sex
* Poverty by Family Type and Number of Earners
* Vulnerable Groups
* Depth of Poverty
* Duration of Poverty
* Appendix: Measures of Poverty

Citizens for Public Justice
CPJ's mission is to promote public justice in Canada by shaping key public policy debates through research and analysis, publishing and public dialogue.

Other recent releases
from Citizens for Public Justice:

Recognizing the federal role in ending poverty
By Simon Lewchuk
October 3, 2012
Why focus on the federal government when responding to individual people’s problems?
Why CPJ thinks events like the International Day for the Elimination of Poverty are important.

Related links : Go to the National/Federal and International Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:


Glass Half Full
October 2012
While it’s sometimes easy to focus on the struggles in working for justice, it’s important to celebrate the successes!
Click the above link for just a few examples of good work that’s being done on poverty and ecological justice work.

Addressing Inequality and Productivity
September 26, 2012
Is it good enough to have an economy that’s “productive” if everyone’s needs aren’t being met? The fourth in a series looking at CPJ’s recommendations for the 2013 federal budget.

Promoting the Common Good: 2012 pre-budget submission
August 15, 2012
Economic recovery is important, but it needs to include all Canadians. Three years after the 2008-09 recession, many people, including youth, new immigrants, Aboriginal people, single-parent families, and people with disabilities are being left behind.
[ CPJ brief outlining recommendations for Budget 2013 to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance (PDF - 596K, 8 pages): ]

Citizens for Public Justice

Straight Goods - An independent Canadian source of credible alternative online news
The mandate of Straight Goods News is to help readers untangle spin, save money, and protect their rights. Its mission is to be Canada's independent, progressive media outlet of record.

Some recent links from Straight Goods (Sept. 22, 2012):
(Click the link above to access any of the articles below)

* US Corn, soybean crops ravaged
* Global food stocks suffer after summer of heat and drought.
* Romney's apology frame
* Peter Lougheed could have been prime minister
* Pollution and slavery
* Unions under attack as backbone of progressive causes
* People power rising
* Public workers are easy marks for bullies
* Labour needs a better image
* Teachers and education support staff taking Ontario Liberals to court over Bill 115
* Ontario PCs propose massive health care privatization — coalition
* A Matter of Trust—OPSEU fights back against proposed pension changes
* Teachers best-positioned to save public education system — Salutin
* more...

Scroll down the Straight Goods website home page to access media coverage by category, from Public Values to World Beat.

Straight Goods Archive I (2000-2012)
Wow. This is the motherload of media archives!
THOUSANDS of online resources collected over a twelve-year period, organized by year, along with a few special collections (Elections 2011, 2008 and 2006, FTAA Summit and Future of the Left...)

Straight Goods Back Issues
Every single issue of Straight Goods from 2000 to May 30, 2012!
HUNDREDS of complete articles by well-known and respected authors.

Straight Goods Archive II (2012 only)
Select a category and a month for relevant links during the 2012 calendar year (all months for some categories, selected months for others).

Straight Goods Video Archive
- links to 11 interesting videos, including Straight Goods Publisher Ish Theilheimer's Quebec election rant
[ ]

NOTE regarding the SG Archive:
KUDOS to Straight Goods for making this freely available to anyone on the Web!
SG appears to have ended their practice of charging a membership fee for access to anything older than a few weeks.
The membership fee was $30 per year ($10 for low-income members), but it was an impediment in the free flow of empowering and democratizing information. I'm pleased to see that this information is now freely available to all.

Straight Goods

New figures showing static poverty rates mask daily reality of Canadians (Microsoft Word file - 136K, 1 page)
June 18, 2012
Media release

Toronto - The child and family poverty in Canada remained steady at 8.2% in 2010 (550,000 children) using Canada's Low Income Measure (after tax), Statistics Canada reported today. Using figures from the Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics which are produced on the basis of population counts form the 2006 Census of Population, the data show little overall change. Child poverty varies by province, with larger reductions in Saskatchewan and Alberta and increases in other jurisdictions.

"The daily experiences of children and their families are essential perspectives. Children continue to be over-represented in the population of food bank users and far too many families pay at least half of their monthly income on housing, leaving very little money to buy nutritious food. With the cost of food skyrocketing in most parts of Canada, 800,000 households report persistent patterns of food insecurity, a situation that exists when people do not, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life. This is not the Canada that most people want," commented Laurel Rothman, National Coordinator.

Campaign 2000
Campaign 2000 is a cross-Canada public education movement to build Canadian awareness and support for the 1989 all-party House of Commons resolution to end child poverty in Canada by the year 2000.

46th Annual Conference of the Canadian Economics Association (CEA)
June 7-10, 2012
University of Calgary
This annual conference is open to members of the Canadian Economics Association and to anyone else who can sit through twenty minutes of "Equilibrium Effects of Education Policies: A Quantitative Evaluation" or "Generational Asset Pricing, Equity Puzzles, and Cyclicality". Non-members pay a higher registration fee. For more registration details, see

Conference program


Progressive Economics Forum (PEF) at the
46th Annual Conference of the CEA

Each year, the PEF organizes a number of the sessions at the CEA conference
For 2012, those sessions will take place on June 8 and 9, and you'll find the complete program for those PEF sessions by
clicking the PEF link immediately above. Click the "Conference program" link a few lines higher up on this page to access a comprehensive program for the entire four-day CEA conference, including the PEF sessions.

Relentlessly Progressive Economics Blog
Progressive Economics Forum (PEF)
The Progressive Economics Forum aims to promote the development of a progressive economics community in Canada. The PEF brings together over 125 progressive economists, working in universities, the labour movement, and activist research organizations.

Broadent Institute
The Broadbent Institute is an idea realized in 2011 after years of percolating in the mind of Canadian politician and advocate, Ed Broadbent. Endorsed by Jack Layton and supporters from right across Canada, the Broadbent Institute is inspired by a common vision of free, equal, and compassionate citizenship in Canada – the very heart of what social democracy is about.

More info about the Broadbent Institute:

Related link:

Canadians willing to pay higher taxes for equality
April 10, 2012
According to results of the first poll commissioned by a new left-leaning think tank, the majority of Canadians are concerned by the growing gulf between haves and have-nots, and they're willing to pay for change. The Environics Research survey commissioned by former NDP leader Ed Broadbent's eponymous institute was released Tuesday.


Related stories from CTVNews:

Economic equality an ongoing battle for women, prof says

Top CEOs got 189 times the average worker's pay in 2010

Super-rich have already made an average yearly salary

OECD report finds income inequality rising in Canada

Index finds inequalities in Canadians' quality of life


NOTE: All links to content from Canadians for Tax Fairness which were on the page you're now reading have been relocated to the
Taxes and Tax Freedom Day Links page:


Fair Tax Summit on March 29-30, 2012 (Ottawa) - March 7

Version française du site:

Progressive Economics Forum student essay contest
The Progressive Economics Forum student essay contest is open to all Canadian students, studying in Canada or abroad, and international students presently studying in Canada. Both full-time and part-time students are eligible. Entries may be on any subject related to political economy, economic theory or an economic policy issue that reflects a critical approach to the functioning, efficiency, and social and environmental consequences of unconstrained markets. A cash prize of $1,000 will be awarded the winner of the graduate competition; and $500 will be awarded to the winner of the undergraduate competition.
Click the link above for 2012 Essay Contest Rules.

Deadline: May 7, 2012

Progressive Economics Forum
The Progressive Economics Forum aims to promote the development of a progressive economics community in Canada. The PEF brings together over 125 progressive economists, working in universities, the labour movement, and activist research organizations.

From the
Sixth Estate Blog:

March 21, 2011
“Politics will no longer be a stepping stone to a lucrative career lobbying government.” — Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada

The Sixth Estate Lobbyists Watchlist tracks one particularly disturbing sector on Parliament Hill: professional lobbyists. Lobbyists are individuals who make their living attempting to sell access and influence in government to the highest bidder. There are few other professions whose very reason for being is to subvert the democratic process. At its worst, lobbyists involves an insidious revolving door between political parties and the private sector, with staffers moving from positions of influence over government policy into positions trying to influence that policy on behalf of their mostly big corporate clients, and then back again into the party.
This list exists, then, to track the influence of lobbyists on Parliament Hill. I’m particularly interested in the growing number of Conservative insiders who are skirting the five-year prohibition in one way or another. Most of these individuals are documented hypocrites, having helped elect and support a government which campaigned on the principle that politics was not, in Harper’s words, “a stepping stone to a lucrative career in lobbying.” Now they’re lobbying anyways. The following chart identifies 45 such individuals, and it is a partial and growing list.
[Click the link above to see the list of 45 hypocrites, including Ken Boessenkool, Stockwell Day, Janet Ecker, Deborah Grey ...]


Patronage List
Updated to December 30, 2011

Patronage Jobs since May 2011:
84 (40%)

Appointees From Other Parties since May 2011:
7 Liberals (4%)

Patronage Jobs since 2006:

Since 2006, the general trend is to hire a disproportionate number of people who are notably Conservative or who have no apparent party loyalties. Stephen Harper once denounced this system as the Prime Minister rewarding his “buddies,” but while in office has been uninterested in changing the system. Instead he has continued to appoint party insiders and supporters at a frenzied pace, even to the Senate, which he once demanded be fully democratized through elected Senators with term limits.
The following table spans the Harper Government™ and is a woefully incomplete work in progress. I want to stress that it does not prove that these people are incompetent or corrupt in any way whatsoever; it simply establishes that there is a clear pattern in which people who appear to have supported or worked for the Conservative Party receive a disproportionate number of government positions. Why that pattern exists, you can decide for yourself.

The Patronage List (806 names/affiliations and counting) tracks a specific subset of the Crown appointments announced biweekly in the Canada Gazette. It does not include promotions and reappointments to people already holding patronage appointments, or appointments filled by civil servants or military officers, provincial nominees, etc. In this way, it tracks only those jobs which are given to those outside of government, theoretically on the basis of merit.

Sixth Estate
Ottawa blogger David Vogt

Inequality rises across the G20 as economic growth leaves the poor behind
Strong economic growth since 1990 has failed to lift people out of poverty in almost every G20 country, according to a study by international agency Oxfam.
News Release
18 January 2012
Left behind by the G20? shows the importance of policies to address inequality if growth is to benefit those living in poverty. (...) Since 1990, income inequality has increased in 14 of the 18 Group of 20 countries for which there are comparable statistics, says Oxfam’s report card. Inequality increased fastest in Russia, China, Japan and South Africa, with Canada following close behind.

The Oxfam report:

Left behind by the G20? How inequality and environmental degradation
threaten to exclude poor people from the benefits of economic growth
(PDF - 648K, 47 pages)
January 2012
Average global income per person has doubled over the last forty years.2 The proportion of the world’s population living in poverty has fallen significantly over the same period, but the absolute number remains high: 1.3 billion people still live on less than $1.25 a day. More than half of these women and men are in G20 countries. [Source : Introduction, p. 6]

Oxfam International
Oxfam is an international confederation of 15 organizations working together in over 90 countries and with partners and allies around the world to find lasting solutions to poverty and injustice.

See also:

Oxfam Canada
Oxfam Canada is a member of the international confederation Oxfam. Oxfam has 15 national Oxfam agencies that together work in 92 countries. Oxfam Canada works with partner organizations in developing countries; tackling the root causes of poverty and inequity and helping people to create self-reliant and sustainable communities.

Oxfam Canada Annual Report 2011
Accountability. It’s a commitment Oxfam takes very seriously – to our partners, to our donors, but most importantly, to women and men, girls and boys living in poverty.

Related link:

Poverty lingers in prosperous G20, Oxfam says
January 18, 2012
By Olivia Ward
The image of the G20’s rising giants is enticing: Chinese tourists trotting the globe, Indians lining up for electronic luxuries, Russian petrodollars fuelling designer boutiques. But the reality for many in the world’s most prosperous countries is far grimmer, says a report released Thursday by the international charity Oxfam. And economic growth numbers tell only a fraction of the story.
Toronto Star

Canada Without Poverty (CWP):

Poverty: A Huge Cost to Our Health-care System
January 16, 2012
By Megan Yarema

Today the premiers meet with the federal government to discuss the future of the Canada Health Transfer (CHT) and Canada Social Transfer (CST) which support provincial health and social systems. The transfers are critical funding streams that can improve the dismal welfare rates, long hospital wait times, and limited child care spaces that plague all provinces. As governments are expected to do more with less, it is important to talk about addressing poverty. Poverty equals poor health and costs society billions of dollars each year, making it a key component of any conversation on health and social programs. (...) While the debate on the future of the CHT has garnered media attention in the past few weeks, little commentary is surfacing on the funding of the CST, which directly impacts programs that benefit people with low-income. The CST specifically supports provincial and territorial social assistance, post-secondary education, and reaches other social programs such as housing and childcare. Adequately funding these programs and reducing poverty saves money -- the federal government could save $7.6 billion annually on health costs, and $2.9 billion in Ontario alone according to the Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB) Cost of Poverty report. (...) Both the CHT and CST will be renewed in 2014 and discussions around these investments are taking place this week in Victoria, B.C. at the Council of the Federation meeting amidst talk of budget cuts and austerity.

[ Author Megan Yarema is with Canada Without Poverty (CWP) : ]

Huffington Post Canada


New Year, Same Challenges
January 3, 2012
The beginning of a new year can offer a sense of promise – a hopefulness for change and opportunity – and yet what many people with low-income face remains the same: poor housing, increased costs of living, and dismal welfare rates. While the solutions to poverty are around us in numerous reports and from the voices of those who are currently experiencing low-income, the political will needed to shift policy continues to be sidelined.


2011 Year in Review : Canada Without Poverty (CWP)
December 21, 2011
The past year offered many high-points for Canada Without Poverty including speaking opportunities, new partnerships, and increased media attention. In light of the approaching new year, it felt appropriate to look back and reflect on some key moments that had great significance for the organization. Here are just a few:
* Dennis Raphael released the second edition of Poverty in Canada. Features a foreword by Canada Without Poverty Executive Director Rob Rainer, and the late Jack Layton.
* Executive Director Rob Rainer co-hosted a special edition of CBC’s The Current that looked at poverty across the country.
* The first Dignity for All policy summit on housing and early childhood education and care was held on March 3-4th
* In November, Canada Without Poverty held a workshop in Calgary on ethno-cultural engagement and leadership on poverty in partnership with the Alberta Network of Immigrant Women and the Calgary Centre for Culture, Equity and Diversity
* Speaking engagements included: the Bissell Centre in Edmonton, Whitehorse, at Carleton and Waterloo University; and Basic Income Conference in New York City
* In September, CWP appeared on Parliament Hill before the federal Finance Committee, one of the first groups to do so in response to the federal government’s invitation for pre-budget consultation.
* More, including CWP plans and activities for 2012...
Canada Without Poverty (CWP)
Canada Without Poverty is a federally incorporated, non-partisan, not-for-profit and charitable organization dedicated to the elimination of poverty in Canada .

TIP : Check out the impressive CWP Resources Links page:

More CWP site content - this link takes you further down on the page you're now reading

Canadian Foundations
Table of contents:
The Modern Foundation | Past and Present Canadian Foundation Benefactors | The Number and Financial Assets of Canadian Foundations | Canada's Major Foundations | Types of Foundations | Areas of Interest of Foundations | Important Contributors to Canadian Society | Suggested Reading | Links to Other Sites
- includes links to ~20 foundation websites and other related resources

Foundations are "non-governmental, non-profit organizations with funds (usually from a single source, either an individual, a family, or a corporation) and program managed by (their) own trustees or directors, established to maintain or aid social, educational, charitable, religious, or other activities serving the common welfare through the making of Grants" (the late F. Emerson Andrews, first president, The Foundation Centre, New York Center). Dwight MacDonald of the Ford Foundation coined a somewhat lighter definition: "A body of money completely surrounded by people who want some." Generally, a foundation does not carry out a direct charitable activity but rather gives grants to operating charities for this purpose.

The Canadian Encyclopedia
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Tax isn't a four-letter word
Alex Himelfarb
October 14, 2011
Ironically, it is in the anti-tax United States that a conversation has erupted on taxes. Warren Buffett and a few other billionaires helped to open the door, if only a crack, and President Barack Obama made taxing the rich a key means of funding his jobs plan (though it was ultimately ill-fated). In the context of all that is happening right now on Wall Street and beyond, these now seem like small and belated steps. Bigger things are in the air. But the conversation on taxes is now engaged and, judging from the reaction – accusations of class warfare, “no-tax” pledges – tax is a proxy for these bigger things.


[ Alex Himelfarb is a former clerk of the Privy Council. He gave a speech on this subject in Toronto this week that was co-produced by the Literary Review of Canada and TV Ontario. ]

Globe and Mail

Related ink:

Alex Himelfarb on the consequences of tax cuts (video, duration 4:03)
Alex Himelfarb, former clerk of the Privy Council, looks at how tax cuts became a bad word in Canada. He argues that a continued commitment to tax cuts will lead to greater inequality, the erosion of services, and to a meaner and less just society. This is an excerpt from his full lecture that will air on TVO's Big Ideas on November 12th. The lecture was produced in collaboration with the Literary Review of Canada.

Balancing the Books on the Backs of the Poor
By Senator Art Eggleton (Liberal)
September 30, 2011
With fears of a double-dip recession on the rise, some have questioned whether this is the right time for the federal government to begin drastic and hard cuts. Some have even called for a second round of stimulus to ensure that Canada can steer through these troubling economic waters. Although the Harper government has no problem spending money, I believe that they will probably ramp up the cuts that have already started. When they do come in full force, we must make sure that we are not balancing the books on the backs of the poor. This doesn't make moral sense and it doesn't make economic sense either. Because make no mistake, poverty costs us all. It forces up our tax bills, depresses the economy, increases health care bills and breeds alienation and crime.

A recent Ontario study (the next link below) by the Ontario Association of Food Banks, guided by economists and policy experts such as Don Drummond, Judith Maxwell and James Milway, estimates that poverty costs this country about $7.5 billion dollars every year in health care costs alone and between $8 and $13 billion in lost productivity. All told, they set poverty's bill at over $30 billion annually.

The Cost of Poverty: An Analysis of
the Economic Cost of Poverty in Ontario
(PDF - 1.3MB, 36 pages)
November 2008
Ontario Association of Food Banks

Huffington Post Canada

Taxing the Rich
By Andrew Jackson
September 22, 2011
Over at the Globe and Mail Economy Lab our friend Stephen Gordon argues [below] that there are only limited revenues to be gained by taxing the rich. He plays around with some back of the envelope calculations based on CRA data on the incomes of those making more than $500,000 – accurately enough, I think - and concludes that each percentage point increase in the marginal tax rate of this very affluent group would yield only $400 Million per year in increased annual revenues. Thus “a tax on millionaires’ is unlikely to generate much new revenue.” (Those of you out there inclined to pile on Stephen should note that he does not oppose higher taxation of the very affluent on equity grounds.) The problem with Stephen’s approach is that he does not include the option of raising the taxable incomes of the very affluent by ending or limiting preferential treatment of the property income which goes to the very top of the income distribution. This is actually much more important than the marginal tax rate issue, as has been recently highlighted by Warren Buffett who points out that he pays much less tax than his secretary since his income is in the form of capital gains (taxed at 15% in the US) rather than wages.
Progressive Economics Forum

Related link

Taxing the rich may be fair, but it won’t fill the coffers
By Stephen Gordon
September 19, 2011
President Obama’s proposal to increase taxes on those earning more than $1-million may help him persuade U.S. voters that his government is trying to do something to attenuate the increasing trend to which incomes have been concentrated among a very small group of high earners. But as the article notes, this measure is not expected to be an important source of government revenues.


Globe and Mail

Join Canada Without Poverty
for one of our upcoming events!

Get Up Stand Up: An Evening of Insight and Inspiration
Poverty and social and economic rights in Canada: where are we today, 40 years after the founding of Canada Without Poverty (as the National Anti-Poverty Organization)? To explore this question, join us for an evening of information, insight and inspiration: Thursday, September 29, 7:00-9:00pm

Benefit Concert Featuring Will Ackerman
Grammy-award winning musician, composer and music producer, William Ackerman, will headline a special benefit concert for Canada Without Poverty on September 30th in Ottawa. Performing with Will will be long-time accompanying guitarist, Grammy-award winning David Cullen and Jill Haley.

Poverty & Punchlines Vancouver – Tickets on Sale!
Join us on Thursday, October 13th at the Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island from 7-10pm for a night of ‘laughter with a message’ in support of Canada Without Poverty, a national charity dedicated to eliminating poverty in Canada. Local BC comedians Ivan Decker and Erica Sigurdson will bring down the house, and the message [...]

Canada Without Poverty
Canada Without Poverty is a federally incorporated, non-partisan, not-for-profit and charitable organization dedicated to the elimination of poverty in Canada

Golden Years Postponed
Canadian Payroll Association survey finds
many Canadians living pay cheque to pay cheque,
unable to save, faced with the prospect of working longer before retirement
News Release
September 8, 2011
For many Canadians, the 'golden years' are now a more distant dream. They are struggling to save for retirement and to make ends meet. According to the third annual survey of employees conducted by the Canadian Payroll Association (CPA), 40% of Canadians said they now expect to retire later than they previously planned. The primary reason (cited by 40%) was "I'm not saving enough money for retirement." A major contributing factor to the low savings rate is that many Canadians are living close to the line. The CPA survey found that the majority of Canadian workers continue to live pay cheque to pay cheque, with 57% saying they would be in financial difficulty if their pay was delayed by even a week.

CPA 2011 National Payroll Week
Employee Survey
(PDF - 4MB, 33 pages)
By Framework Partners Inc.
July, 2011

Canadian Payroll Association (CPA)
The CPA comprises payroll professionals in 1.5 million organizations across Canada who are responsible for ensuring the timely and accurate payment of $810 billion in wages and taxable benefits, along with statutory remittances to Canadian governments and health and retirement premiums. (...) As the authoritative source of Canadian payroll knowledge, the CPA affects the legislative processes and practices of payroll service and software providers, as well as hundreds of thousands of small, medium and large employers.


Directory of Canadian and International Think Tanks

Links to over 100 Canadian, U.S. and international think tanks
You'll just have to figure out for yourself which ones wear the black hats and which ones wear the white hats...

Make Poverty History Banner

Make Poverty History (Canada)
Here's what we want in 14 words:
* More and Better Aid
* Trade Justice
* Cancel the Debt
* End Child Poverty in Canada

Steering Committee - includes members from : the Assembly of First Nations - Campaign 2000 - Canadian Council for International Co-operation - Canadian Labour Congress - National Anti Poverty Organization - Results Canada - World Vision - and more...

Make Poverty History (International)

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3D Policy
October 18, 2010
Andrew Jackson says:
There is a new economics blog in town.

It is put together by former Finance Deputy Minister Scott Clark and former Director of Fiscal Policy, Peter Devries. I disagree with their fiscally very cautious line, but this is highly informed commentary on the numbers - with a major piece on the recent Economic and Fiscal Update - so do go visit! It should help keep Finance more honest!

Relentlessly Progressive Economics Blog
[ Progressive Economics Forum (PEF) ]
The Progressive Economics Forum aims to promote the development of a progressive economics community in Canada. The PEF brings together over 125 progressive economists, working in universities, the labour movement, and activist research organizations.

Aboriginal Youth Network (Canada)
Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
The Aboriginal Youth Network is foremost an online resource created by youth for youth

ACORN Canada
ACORN is building a national movement for social and economic justice by organizing low- and moderate-income communities for power and social change; we want living wage jobs, decent affordable housing, tenant rights, ending predatory lending, opportunities for youth, voting and electoral rights. If it affects poor and working class communities, ACORN Members are organizing to win equity in Toronto and across the country. ACORN Canada is made up of more than 9,000 low- and moderate-income member families. There are more than 20 local chapters of ACORN throughout the country, organized democratically through community organizing. Our work is getting results and making change!
[ ACORN Canada reports ]

Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre

Atlantic Institute for Market Studies

"government "help" can be perverse when it starts to interfere with things that are better left for the market to sort out..."
- Click on Links in the left frame of the main page for two dozen links to like-minded organizations in Canada and the U.S.

BC Legal Services Society

Bloomberg is a New York-based company employing more than 10,000 people in over 135 offices around the world. Bloomberg is about information: accessing it, reporting it, analyzing it and distributing it, faster and more accurately than any other organization.

Canada’s Fiscal Edge to Fade Without Tough Action: David Dodge
Commentary by David Dodge
May 25, 2010
The problems facing Greece, Spain and Ireland may lead investors to think Canada is free from fiscal worries. They should think again when looking ahead for the next few years. Canada’s relatively sound position by international standards masks a structural deficit that is poised to resume growth later this decade unless governments find more permanent solutions to cutting expenses than in their latest budgets, and introduce new measures to durably boost revenue.
Can Canadian governments balance their budgets by mid- decade with program spending cuts alone? It would mean a significant reduction in services or income-support programs, even if there were unprecedented productivity gains in public services. Specifically, it would require significant cuts in public-pension payments, employment-insurance benefits and welfare payments, health and long-term care coverage as well as increased co-payments. The quality of education, and investment in roads and public transit also would decline. [bolding added]
[Author David Dodge David Dodge is former Deputy Minister of the federal departments of Finance* and Health, and the former governor of the Bank of Canada.]
(*...thus proving that you can take David Dodge out of Finance but you can't take Finance out of David Dodge. Gilles)

Rebuttal by John Stapleton (June 11)

Canada's Fiscal Future:
What to make of former Bank of Canada
governor David Dodge's predictions on Canada's economy?

By John Stapleton
June 11, 2010
(...) In a recent piece called Canada’s Fiscal Edge to Fade Without Tough Action, former Bank of Canada governor David Dodge set out his predictions respecting the economic troubles that Canada faces in the next decade unless the country can get its fiscal house in order. Dodge does not believe that spending cuts alone will be sufficient to stem the tide of red ink despite recent GDP growth, and he calls for more consumption taxes in order to balance the books in the future. Yet in his assessment of the spending cuts that will be required, he notes that "cuts would need to be both continuing and more radical than those of the mid-1990s."
The Mark
The Mark is a national movement to record Canadian ideas and propel the people behind them. It is a collection of thoughts and a tool for facilitating interdisciplinary dialogue and debate between outstanding Canadians.

Open Policy - John Stapleton's website

CBC News

Broadbent announces new left-wing institute
By Laura Payton
June 17, 2011
Former NDP leader Ed Broadbent is setting up a new institute to explore social democratic policy and ideas. The think tank, named for Broadbent, will reach out to social democrat-leaning academics for their ideas, provide education and train activists, but be independent from the party, he announced Friday. (...) It's not clear how the institute will be funded, although Broadbent said it will operate as an NGO. (...) He hopes to have the Broadbent Institute running by the fall. Broadbent made the announcement just before the NDP kicked off its convention in Vancouver, celebrating its 50th year of existence and its new status as the Official Opposition to the governing Conservatives.


CBC News

Campaign 2000

Campaign 2000 is a cross-Canada public education movement to build Canadian awareness and support for the 1989 all-party House of Commons resolution to end child poverty in Canada by the year 2000. Campaign 2000 began in 1991 out of concern about the lack of government progress in addressing child poverty. Campaign 2000 is non-partisan in urging all Canadian elected officials to keep their promise to Canada's children. There are over 85 national, community and provincial partners actively involved in the work of Campaign 2000. Hundreds of other groups across the country work on the issue of child poverty every day, such as children's aid societies, faith organizations, community agencies, health organizations, school boards, and low-income people's groups.
Follow these links from Campaign 2000's Home Page : What's New - Take Action - Report Cards - Resources - About Campaign 2000
- Events - Search/Site map

Campaign 2000 Partners - Complete list of all Campaign 2000 national, provincial and community partners - including links to 60+ websites of these NGOs and other groups from across Canada.

Campaign 2000 Report Cards - Links to the most recent report cards on child poverty at the national level as well as for the provinces of British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia and Ontario. You'll even find a link to the child poverty report card for the City of Toronto on the report card page. (Click on the links down the left side of the page)


For more on the Campaign 2000 Child Poverty Report Cards, see:


First Ministers told to take action to lower shameful poverty rates
News alert - Campaign 2000
Kelowna, BC, 23 Nov 05
"Activists took their annual child poverty report directly to the First Ministers meeting here today. The findings are discouraging. For almost 30 years the poverty rate has been stuck at one-in-six children. Whether families are mother-led, have two parents, are working full time or on social assistance the numbers are static. A particularly disturbing finding is that child poverty rates for Aboriginal, immigrant, and visible minority children are twice the national rate. Campaign 2000 National Coordinator Laurel Rothman, whose organization prepares the annual update, was joined by Peter Dinsdale of the National Association of Friendship Centres. They are clearly frustrated by misplaced government priorities and jurisdictional wrangling."

Complete report:

Decision Time for Canada: Let’s Make Poverty History
2005 Report Card on Child Poverty in Canada
[pdf, 12pp, 500KB]

Version française:

Une décision s’impose au Canada : Abolissons la pauvreté
Rapport 2005 sur la pauvreté des enfants au Canada
[pdf, 12pp, 500KB]

Provincial Child Poverty Report Cards were also released in BC, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia;
you'll find links to these on the Children, Families and Youth Links (NGO) page:

Reducing Child Poverty to Increase Productivity: A Human Capital Strategy
Brief to the Standing Committee on Finance
(PDF file - 89K, 8 pages)
Pre-Budget Consultation
September, 2005
By Laurel Rothman
National Coordinator, Campaign 2000
"The fact that 15% of our youngest citizens are growing up in poverty does not bode well for Canada’s future productivity performance, which is the focus of the 2005 Pre-Budget Consultations. Broad based investment in our human capital is essential for a productivity agenda. "Canada’s Fiscal Outlook projects surpluses of almost $30 billion over the next five years. With consecutive multi-billion dollar budget surpluses, Canada has the resources to make substantial progress. We call on the federal government to commit a portion of these surpluses to invest in children, as they have committed portions for healthcare and equalization payments."

Submission to the Federal Labour Standards Review - Excerpts
September 26, 2005
Campaign 2000
"Campaign 2000 maintains that federal labour standards should be modernized to reflect leading standards and 'best practices'in other advanced economies. They need to be updated to reflect changes in the labour market and workforce over the past 40 years, with a particular emphasis on ensuring protection for vulnerable workers."

Complete brief:

Submission to the Federal Labour Standards Review Commission
Re: Part III of the Canada Labour Code
(PDF file - 57K, 7 pages)
August 15, 2005
From: Laurel Rothman, National Coordinator

Related Link:

Federal Labour Standards Review Commission

Child poverty: setting new goals
November 24, 2004
"Giving up is not an option. But clinging to a faded dream is not a solution.
So today, on the 15th anniversary of his parliamentary resolution to end child poverty by 2000, Ed Broadbent will set a new goal. He will challenge Canadians to reduce the child poverty rate to 5 per cent within 10 years. His new target lacks the tidy finality of the one he persuaded all MPs to endorse on Nov. 24, 1989, shortly before his retirement as leader of the New Democratic Party. It is less ambitious, less appealing.But Broadbent, who returned to active politics this year, believes it is realistic and achievable. He calls it 'a new agenda for a new time.'
The child poverty rate currently stands at 15 per cent. It was 15.2 per cent when Broadbent issued his clarion call 15 years ago."
The Toronto Star

Fifteenth Anniversary Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Canada - 2004
On November 24, 2004, the 15th anniversary of the all-party resolution to end child poverty in Canada, Campaign 2000 released its annual Report Card

Complete report:

English version:
One million too many: Implementing solutions to child poverty in Canada
2004 report card on child poverty in Canada
[pdf, 12pp, 186KB]

Version française:
Un million de trop : mettre en oeuvre des solutions pour s'attaquer à la pauvreté des enfants au Canada
Rapport 2004 sur la pauvreté des enfants au Canada
[pdf, 12pp, 193KB]

NOTE: Campaign 2000 focuses on child poverty and other child-related issues.
You'll find many more links to Campaign 2000 site content on these Canadian Social Research Links pages (especially the first):
Canadian Social Children, Families and Youth Links (NGO) page:
Early Learning and Child Care Links page:

Campaign 2000 Provincial Child Poverty Report Cards: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia
NOTE: click the link above to access current and historical poverty reports for all six provinces "provides information about immigration, minorities and jobs in Canada including migration policy, immigrant associations, forum, statistics, free job wanted postings, research papers, news, consulting. English and Spanish version."
- incl. links to : About Us | Products & Services | Donations | Statistics | Forum | Monthly News Perspectives | Glossary | Jobs | Job Wanted Postings | Submit your Resume | Volunteer Opportunities Policies | Support Resources | Gallery | Archives | Site Map | Home

Related Links:

"The Settlement.Org Web site helps immigrants and refugees to find the help and information they need to start a new life in Ontario."
[...and it also includes a wealth of social program information!]
Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (Government of Canada)
"...the best links to government services, information and resources, for citizens of other countries"

Canada Matters
By Canbyte, a Progressive Blogger
- blog entries and links to online resources on a number of themes, from Bad Canada and Childcare to Poverty and Well Being

Canada Matters Globally

[ see also: Canbyte's Cosmos ]

Canada-U.S Human Rights Information and Documentation Network (CUSHRID Net)
CUSHRID Net was developed to facilitate the exchange of ideas and information between human rights organizations; establishment of uniform standards for human rights documentation, information management and exchange; development of co-operative projects in the areas of documentation and information management to avoid duplication; training in various aspects of documentation and information management; and contacts and exchanges with information and documentation networks in other parts of the world.
See Links to Members' Websites for links to two dozen related sites

Canada Without Poverty / Canada sans pauvreté
Canada Without Poverty is a federally incorporated, non-partisan, not-for-profit and charitable organization dedicated to the elimination of poverty in Canada. Poverty is a violation of human rights. We work to address the structural causes of poverty by raising awareness, educating and inspiring others to support its eradication in Canada.
- incl. links to:
* Poverty * Action * Get Involved * Resources

A vast array of publications, articles, organizational reports and bulletins on poverty and related issues exist online. This section is to help you find relevant material on specific subject matter by organizing all documents into categories. If you are unsure of where to start, try using the search tool above, or click one of the buttons and browse by theme.
Buttons include:
* Vulnerable populations * Poverty, Inequality and their Impacts * Poverty and Human Rights * Combating Poverty * Just the Facts * Other Resources

Selected site content:

Cuts Coming to the Canada Health Transfer
and the Canada Social Transfer?

[ Email alert from Rob Rainer of Canada Without Poverty ]
February 1, 2011

A rapidly emerging issue of immense public interest is the future of the Canada Health and Canada Social transfers. Critical decisions are coming about these transfers that could greatly shape the health and social security of Canadians in the coming years – and thus the very fabric of Canada. Through these transfers of many billions of dollars, the federal government helps support provinces and territories in the delivery of health care and social security services.

The legislation authorizing these transfers expires March 31, 2014.

In a remarkable open letter on January 25 to federal Finance Minister, Jim Flaherty, former senior Department of Finance officials Scott Clark and Peter Devries lay out the stark implications of this issue. This lengthy open letter (requires 20-30 minutes to read but well worth it), with detailed analysis, closes with these words and questions (bold lettering added here for emphasis):

The decision you, or any government, will take with respect to the CHT and CST will set the course of the federal government and federal/provincial relations for many years to follow. Is it not possible to engage Canadians in this debate before a final decision is taken? In the past you have supported the analysis and recommendations of the IMF [International Monetary Fund], and quite rightly so. We would strongly recommend that you support the IMF conclusion in its recent report on " the importance of increasing transparency and communication about these challenges (demographic) and their long-run implications, (and) to increase public awareness and contribute to a debate about possible solutions.

Read the
complete open letter:

Pre-Budget 2011 Submission: Confronting the Structural Deficit
To: Minister of Finance The Honourable J. Flaherty:
From: Scott Clark and Peter Devries


Rob Rainer is Executive Director of
Working in alliance with the
CWP Advocacy Network / Réseau de revendication CSP

Dignity for All:
The Campaign for a Poverty-free Canada


Canada Without poverty
Fall 2010 Newsletter

November 17, 2010
[ PDF version - small file]
Canada Without Poverty and the CWP Advocacy Network have prepared their Fall 2010 Poverty & Parliament Newsletter.
Highlights include:
* Review of “The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger” by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett
* Expansion of Dignity for All: The Campaign for a Poverty-free Canada to include Make Poverty History
* Updates on Bill C-304 [small PDF file], which calls for a national housing strategy, and Bill C-545, An Act to Eliminate Poverty in Canada
* A look at recent actions & events: Poverty & Punchlines, and the Red Tent Campaign
Canada Without Poverty (CWP)
Canada Without Poverty is a federally incorporated, non-partisan, not-for-profit and charitable organization dedicated to the elimination of poverty in Canada.(...) One of the special characteristics of Canada Without Poverty is that, since our inception in 1971, we have always been governed by people with direct, personal experience of living in poverty, whether in childhood or as adults. This lived experience informs and helps to guide our work. (...) Acting from the belief that poverty is a violation of human rights and that poverty elimination is a human rights obligation, our work includes raising awareness about poverty, participating in research to generate new knowledge about poverty, and striving to influence public policy to prevent and alleviate poverty.

CWP Advocacy Network
The CWP Advocacy Network is a new national non-profit but non-charitable organization. It exists to directly lobby politicians and other public policy makers, at all levels of government in Canada, for policies and legislation that help prevent, alleviate and eliminate poverty in Canada.

Dignity for All - Support the campaign for a poverty-free Canada
Dignity for All is a multi-year, multi-partner, non-partisan campaign. This campaign’s vision is to make a poverty-free and more socially secure and cohesive Canada a reality by 2020. The conviction behind this campaign is that Canadians must respect and defend the right of every person to dignity and security.


A Labour Day 2010 Message from Rob Rainer:
(Executive Director, Canada Without Poverty)

Monday September 6 is Labour Day in Canada.
In recognition of this statutory holiday – the origins of which “can be traced back to April 14, 1872 when a parade was staged in support of the Toronto Typographical Union's strike for a 58-hour work-week” ( – Canada Without Poverty and the CWP Advocacy Network are this year championing the call – led by Canadian labour and with the support of groups like the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, for significant pension and retirement security reform.

This call has three principal components:

1) Increase Canada Pension Plan benefits;
2) Increase the Guaranteed Income Supplement for seniors; and
3) Introduce federal pension insurance to protect retirement savings.

The Canadian Labour Congress (“the umbrella organization for dozens of affiliated Canadian and international unions, as well as provincial federations of labour and regional labour councils”) has excellent, accessible information in support of labour’s Retirement Security for Everyone campaign.

· CLC’s Labour Day 2010 message on this subject

· CLC’s fact sheet series on pension and retirement security reform

· CLC’s nifty calculator of how expanding the CPP can work for you:

· CLC’s “Retirement Security for Everyone Campaign Toolbox”

· Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ 2010 emergency resolution in support of pension and retirement security reform

Canada Without Poverty and the CWP Advocacy Network shall work with Canadian labour (particularly within the context of Dignity for All: The Campaign for a Poverty-free Canada) to help advance public and political support for pension and retirement security reform. Under international human rights law to which Canada is signatory, everyone has the right to “social security” and an “adequate standard of living.” Government has a duty to ensure such economic and social rights are honoured and upheld. Government must therefore work with business and civil society to construct a sustainable system of retirement security so that these rights – and the related right of “security of the person” (per international law and Section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms) – are made real.

Rob Rainer
Canada Without Poverty


On July 16, Rob Rainer* wrote:

Jeffrey Simpson’s column in The Globe and Mail yesterday was harshly critical of Prime Minister Harper for recently saying “I don't believe that any taxes are good taxes.”
Read the column here:

For additional perspective on the benefits of taxation,
see two fine reports from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:

The Social Benefits and Economic Costs of Taxation: A Comparison of High- and Low-Tax Countries
December 2006

Canada’s Quiet Bargain: The Benefits of Public Spending
April 2009

* Rob Rainer is Executive Director of

Founded in 1971, Canada Without Poverty (formerly the National Anti-Poverty Organization) is an incorporated, not-for-profit, non-partisan, member-based organization dedicated to the eradication of poverty in Canada. We believe this ideal can be realized by 2020, if not sooner, especially in a country as wealthy as Canada


Addendum (by Gilles):

Below, Terence Corcoran of The National Post tears into Simpson, whom he calls
"an old fogie ...knee-jerk anti-Conservative" for his views on taxation and his critique of Stephen Harper's tax comment.
Simpson says "Only libertarian anarchists believe that all taxes are bad, and that society can get along without them."
Corcoran replies: "To call Stephen Harper a libertarian anarchist is akin to calling Maurice Strong a free market capitalist."

Terence Corcoran:
The frightening thought that taxes are bad
July 14, 2009
Jeffrey Simpson turns a sound Harper tax comment into a ‘scary, scary’ idea
The National Post

Speech on the Occasion of the Name Change from the
National Anti-Poverty Organization to Canada Without Poverty
(PDF - 51K, 5 pages)
By Rob Rainer, Executive Director
February 3, 2009

The Canadian Abolition Project - Canadians working together to end the death penalty
"The Canadian Abolition Project was founded to campaign in support of Canadian government policies that will ensure consistency with Canada's position as a completely abolitionist nation. We will encourage and support interventions by the Canadian government in defence of Canadians facing the death penalty abroad. We are dedicated to achieving abolition of the death penalty for all, in all countries of the World and particularly in the United States of America. ."
- incl. links to : Canadian Abolition Sign Up Page - Canadian Abolition Email Archives - Canadian Resources [contact info for Canadian Senators, MPs and committees] - Invitation to the 1st Annual Peaceful Presence and Public Awareness Day in Toronto

Stop Capital Punishment Now!
"Stop Capital Punishment Now! is an Internet based initiative attempting to achieve total abolition of the death penalty in all countries of the world and particularly in the United States of America. We believe that the taking of a human life is morally and ethically wrong. We believe that the premeditated killing by the state of its own citizens is barbaric and reprehensible."
Abolition Organizations and Web Sites - links to 40+ sites, mainly American...

Canadian Alternative Investment Cooperative (CAIC)
CAIC was formed in the early 1980ís by a number of religious communities who wanted to pool their resources in order to make investments that support positive social change and promote alternative economic structures. CAIC has since grown to 51 members with a lending pool of $6.5 million invested in worthwhile projects across Canada.

Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies
"CAEFS is a federation of autonomous societies which works with, and on behalf of, women involved with the justice system, particularly women in conflict with the law. Elizabeth Fry Societies are community based agencies dedicated to offering services and programs to marginalized women, advocating for legislative and administrative reform and offering fora within which the public may be informed about, and participate in, aspects of the justice system which affect women."
-large site, easy to navigate, incl. information about CAEFS, programs and services, , conferences, fact sheets, annual reports, issue papers (Human Rights - Battered Women - Women’s Prisons - Young Women - Restorative Justice - Literacy), responses to proposed legislative changes - related Internet sources on prison issues and violence against women


  Canadian Centre for Philanthropy (CCP) - "We're on your Side"
"The Canadian Centre for Philanthropy is a national, charitable organization with a mandate to advance the role and interests of the charitable sector for the benefit of Canadian communities. The Centre accomplishes this mission through various programs, including Public Affairs, Research, Imagine, and Membership. Information about these programs as well as resources, tools and information are available on this site."

"We're on your side" --- for a fee...
I guess even philanthropy is big business these days - membership is a must to see any of the real content of this site, and that'll run you at least $225 per year for a small organization ($495 for a consultant or a government)...
...and then you have to pay $200 for their "Canadian Directory to Foundations & Grants" (16th Printed Edition, 2002) --- (Non-Member price is $300.00). If you want the regularly-updated online version, that's $350 for members and $ 450 for non-members.
BUT WAIT - here's some free stuff --- and it's good, too...
CCP Voluntary Sector Links - 100+ links divided into 4 categories: Nonprofit organizations(Canada), Resources and Tools, Nonprofit Management Education, and U.S. and International sites.
CCP Resource Centre - info and articles about : Board & Governance - Nonprofit Management - Fundraising - Legal & Regulatory - Volunteering - Trends & Statistics - Foundations/Corporate - Article Index
"Please also visit other sites in the CCP family for additional information on research ( and and corporate social responsibility ("

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)
The CCPA is an independent, non-partisan research institute concerned with issues of social and economic justice

Selected CCPA reports:

Hennessy's Index: A number is never just a number
March 2011: Security/Insecurity

By Trish Hennessy
February 28, 2011
Trish Hennessy of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives presents a monthly listing of numbers about Canada and its place in the world.
[ PDF version - 464K, 1 page]

Excerpts* from Security/Insecurity (March 2010)
(*Click the link above for the complete list of numbers for the March Hennessy Index.)
===> 1.4 million = Number of Canadians officially unemployed in January 2011
1.2 million = Population size of the nation’s capital, Ottawa
14.4% = Canada’s youth unemployment rate in January 2011 (age 15-24); nearly twice the national average for all unemployed.
===> 867, 948 = Number of Canadians who used food banks in March 2010; record high.
$5 billion = Estimated new additional annual costs of running provincial and federal jails by 2015/16 due to the latest Harper government crime law.
===> $220 billion = Total cost of Harper government tax cuts between 2006 and 2013/14. (Source)

The Hennessy Index- "A number is never just a number"
- includes a link to the February Hennessy Index on Inequality


The Social Benefits and Economic Costs of Taxation: A Comparison of High- and Low-Tax Countries
December 2006


Canada’s Quiet Bargain: The Benefits of Public Spending
April 2009

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
The CCPA is an independent, non-partisan research institute concerned with issues of social and economic justice

Canadian Civil Liberties Association(CCLA)
The CCLA is a lobbying and law-reform, non-profit, non-government organization dealing with issues of fundamental civil liberties and human rights that affect those who live all across Canada.

 Canadian Community Reinvestment Coalition - The Canadian Community Reinvestment Coalition is a coalition of over 100 anti-poverty, consumer, community economic development, labour and small business groups representing over three million people from every province and the Northwest Territories that advocates for bank accountability in Canada.

Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, Social Affairs Office

Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC)
The Canadian Council for International Co-operation  is a coalition of over 100 Canadian organizations seeking to change the course of human development in ways that favor social and economic equity, democratic participation, environmental integrity and respect for human rights.
"...working on the frontlines of social justice, humanitarian aid, economic and democratic development in the world"

Canadian Council of Churches

 Canadian Council on Social Development

Canadian Economics Association / Association Canadienne d'Économique

Canadian Labour and Business Centre

Canadian Non-Profit Resource Network (C.N.R.N.)

Canadian Payroll Association
The Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) has been representing employers’ payroll interests since 1978, through its mission of Payroll Leadership through Advocacy and Education and its values of Community, Professionalism and Authoritative Knowledge


Canadians precariously close to financial instability, study finds

News Release
September 13, 2010
Six out of 10 Canadians are living paycheque to paycheque and most are one pay slip away from financial instability, according to a new study. On Monday, the Canadian Payroll Association reported that of 2,700 Canadians surveyed 59 per cent are stretching their pay to the limit and expect they would be in financial difficulty if their pay was cut or delayed by one week. That figure is unchanged from last year. Dealing with debt is also top of mind, the study showed. (...) In May the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada reported that the amount of household debt across the country reached a new high of $1.41 trillion in December 2009. About six out of 10 Canadians said even though their debt load had increased they felt they could manage it or take on more.
Toronto Star

Related links:

Canadian Workers living from paycheque to paycheque
Employees worried about the economy, debt and retirement
(PDF - 1.3MB, 35 pages)
August 2010
TORONTO (September 13, 2010) – A major national survey of working Canadians, released today, shows that employees continue to live paycheque to paycheque. They are concerned about how interest rates and the economy will affect their personal finances and retirement.
Canadian Payroll Association
The Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) has been representing employers’ payroll interests since 1978, through its mission of Payroll Leadership through Advocacy and Education and its values of Community, Professionalism and Authoritative Knowledge.


Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.*
[*Translation: ]
In 1995, the federal government announced that the Canada Assistance Plan (federal cost-sharing of approved welfare costs) would be terminated in April 1996 in favour of the Canada Health and Social Transfer, a block fund that would see less federal cash flowing to the lower order of government for welfare. In return, there would be no conditions for the cash from Ottawa except for a ban on a residency requirement for welfare eligibility purposes.
For links to more detailed information about the transition from CAP to CHST, go to the
Canada Assistance Plan / Canada Health and Social Transfer / Canada Social Transfer Resources page:
I was employed as a researcher in the federal government at the time, and I was invited in the summer of 1995 to attend a roundtable with some academics, some NGO people and some labour movement reps in the boardroom of the National Council of Welfare here in Ottawa. Over the course of a day-long session, the group discussed what national standards Ottawa might/should impose on the provinces and territories to qualify for federal contributions to provincial/territorial welfare costs. I can't recall any great resolutions being crafted or a plan being hatched --- but I do remember a senior person from a national union stating bluntly that the majority of her union's rank and file were one or two paycheques away from financial crisis. And yet, she said, her union members were consistently and viscerally critical of people on welfare and how generous they perceived the welfare system to be. That's what we're fighting in our own union, she said - the power of the right-tilting media that can influence many rank-and-filer union members to trash the very system that would be there to help them if they were destitute.
I don't think things have changed much.

Canadian Population Society

The Connection between Low Income,
Weak Labour Force Attachment and Poor Health
(PDF - 2MB, 28 pages)
May 2010
By Myriam Fortin
Social Policy Directorate
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
Using 1994-2004 data from the National Population Health Survey, this paper sheds light on the health situation of working-age Canadians and tests the connection between low income, weak labour force attachment and poor health using logistic regressions. Results indicate that persistently poor or weakly employed Canadians are in much poorer health than other Canadians, and that being persistently poor increases the probability of experiencing deterioration in health as much as being in poor health increases the probability of becoming poor, but that being persistently unemployed has an even stronger impact on health status.
Canadian Studies in Population
[ Directory of Open Access Journals --- all articles from Volume 1, 1974 to the current issue.]
(Refereed Journal of the
Canadian Population Society)

Canadian Taxpayers Federation - studies, reports, news releases and links. A site worth the visit.

Canadian Teachers' Federation
The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) speaks for approximately 200,000 teachers in Canada as their national voice on education and related social issues.

Selected reports:

Child poverty: The Canadian Teachers’ Federation urges federal government to take action
April 20, 2010
(CTF News Service – Ottawa) Teacher leaders from across the country are adding their voices to the national call for action to end child poverty when they meet with Parliamentarians today as part of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation’s (CTF) annual Hill Day.

“Our task is to remind federal politicians that social issues are just as important as economic ones,” explains CTF President Mary-Lou Donnelly. “It is shameful that child poverty is a tragic fact of life in a nation as wealthy as ours. Among the most vulnerable groups affected by child poverty are Aboriginal children, children of new immigrants and children with disabilities.

The report card:

Child Poverty Progress Report Card for Canada (PDF - 269K, 2 pages)


Assembly of First Nations

Campaign 2000

Canada Without Poverty

Education International

Global Campaign for Education

Make Poverty History

National Alliance for Children and Youth

Save the Children Canada / Aide à l’enfance Canada


Related link:

Supporting Education and Building Canada
through the Elimination of Child Poverty
(PDF - 291K, 8 pages)
Background Material for
Parliamentarians and Staff
Canadian Teachers' Federation Hill Day 2010 - April 20, 2010
The Canadian Teachers’ Federation urges all Parliamentarians to support a coordinated effort to reduce and eliminate child poverty in Canada.
This coordinated effort should be focussed along three main areas of action:
• Family Income
• Housing
• Educational Opportunity

Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE)
CJFE is a Canadian organization founded in 1981 that works to defend and protect the right to free expression in Canada and around the world. CJFE is a non-governmental organization with an active Board of Directors that draws from the media, legal and business communities. Membership is open to all who support free expression.

Selected site content:

Report gives Harper government a failing grade for transparency
By Sarah Boesveld
May 10, 2011
It’s a good thing ‘Access to Information’ isn’t a class in school. If it were, Stephen Harper’s government would flunk — and flunk hard, according to a report from a prominent media advocacy group that awarded the prime minister an F- on the subject this week. For the second year in a row, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression gave the prime minister’s government the lowest grade possible, saying it has taken longer than ever to access information on Mr. Harper’s watch and that the information they finally get is far more incomplete.

Complete report:

Review of Free Expression in Canada 2010/2011
HTML version
- Click the cover of the report to view it in e-zine format (requires Flash Player)
PDF version:
--- [ Part 1 - 1.6MB, 21 pages ]
--- [ Part 2 - 1.5MB, 19 pages) ]

[ earlier CJFE reports ]

Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE)
CJFE is a Canadian organization founded in 1981 that works to defend and protect the right to free expression in Canada and around the world. CJFE is a non-governmental organization with an active Board of Directors that draws from the media, legal and business communities. Membership is open to all who support free expression.

Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ)
CPJ is committed to seek human flourishing and the integrity of creation as our faithful response to God’s call for love, justice and stewardship. We envision a world in which individuals, communities, societal institutions and governments all contribute to and benefit from the common good.

Selected site content:

Taxes and the Common Good
May 20, 2011
Taxes raise the revenues used to pay for democratic institutions and to provide government programs and services. Taxes can also be used to promote other economic and social policy goals through the use of tax expenditures.

Over the past decade, significant changes have been made to Canada’s tax system, including deep cuts to tax rates. The impact of these changes is a cause for concern. In this background research paper, (PDF - 702K, 43 pages - May 2011), policy analyst Chandra Pasma explores the changes and their impact, as well as policy options currently being advocated for to change Canada’s tax mix.
CPJ recognizes that in order to raise sufficient revenue for the government to carry out its public justice tasks, multiple tax changes need to be implemented. CPJ addresses these recommendations in our position statement on taxation (PDF - 335K, 5 pages - May 2011).


CPJ's Early Childhood Education and Care Policy
November 24, 2010
Childcare in Canada is currently a hodgepodge of formal and informal care, characterized by high demand, low accessibility, high cost and varying levels of quality. This has lead to barriers of accessibility for low and middle income families, especially unattached mothers, as well as childcare that fails to engage the developmental potential of young children.

Former public justice intern Mariel Angus explores these issues in CPJ's backgrounder on childcare (PDF - 522K, 28 pages - undated).

From a public justice framework (PDF - 178K, 7 pages - 2007), CPJ believes that every person has a rightful claim to live in dignity, be respected by others, and have access to the resources needed to live out God’s calling. In order to fulfill their responsibility to their children parents need adequate income and access to sufficient resources such as shelter, food, clothing, community, education and health services. Consequently, the government has a unique ability to promote justice through resource redistribution and service provision, including supporting families in their many diverse forms.

CPJ’s position paper on childcare (PDF - 442K, 16 pages- May 2010) argues that an important manifestation of this government responsibility is the creation and provision of a national childcare program. This would be guided by the principles of the best interests of children as the primary consideration, but also affordability, accessibility, high level of quality, and promotion of child development and learning

Centre for the Study of Living Standards - Centre d'étude de niveau de vie

Charity Village
Megasite for the Non-profit sector
"Charity Village®, Canada's supersite for the nonprofit sector --- 3,000 pages of news, jobs, information and resources for executives, staffers, donors, and volunteers. If philanthropy and volunteerism are part of your world, this is your place."
- incl. links to : News/Events | Jobs | Suppliers Organizations | Volunteer Opportunities | QuickGuides | | Professional Associations | Online Resources | Online Publications | Online Discussions | Online Tools | Sources of Funding | How-to Articles | The Book Store | Book Reviews | FAQ | The Webmasters Club | Other Resources | Search | About CharityVillage Ltd. | Contact Us | Information for Advertisers | Help

Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)
The Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) is a policy and research oriented facility that focuses on early childhood education and child care (ECEC) and family policy in Canada and internationally.

Subscribe to the CRRU email announcements list
Sign up to receive email notices of updates and new postings on the CRRU website which will inform you of policy developments in early childhood care and education, new research and resources for policy, newly released CRRU publications, and upcoming events of interest to the child care and broader community.

Links to child care sites in Canada and elsewhere

CRRU Publications - briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications
ISSUE files - theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info

For sample site content from CRRU,
go to the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page:

Church Council on Justice and Corrections (Canada)
"We are a national faith-based coalition of eleven founding churches, created in 1974, to promote a restorative approach to Justice with an emphasis on addressing the needs of victims and offenders, mutual respect, healing, individual accountability, community involvement and crime prevention. We believe there can be no criminal justice without social justice; we can only deal with crime by building a peaceful, safe and just society."
- incl. links to : About Us - The Well - CCJC News - Current Issues - Archives - Legislation - Links - Site Map - Contact - Discussion Board - Justice for the Soul - Video & Bookstore - Donation / Membership - Resources / Presentations
Related Link:
Conflict Resolution Network

Citizens for Public Justice
We are a faithful response to God’s call for love, justice and stewardship. We envision a world in which individuals, communities, societal institutions and governments all contribute to and benefit from the common good. Our mission is to promote public justice in Canada by shaping key public policy debates through research and analysis, publishing and public dialogue.

Selected reports:

Ola! October-November 2010
Table of Contents:
* Red Tent Event and Bill C-304 (for a National Housing Strategy)
* The Great Turning – David Korten comes to Ottawa October 29
* Climate Change as a Moral Issue
* Poverty & Punchlines: Laughter with a Message!
* Corporate Social Responsibility – in your own backyard
* CPJ On Top of the Hill
* Web Features
* Less than fair? Canada’s commitment to climate change
* The Great Turning: A choice for a brighter future
* Government response void of substance
* May God’s love and justice stream from your heart


Ola! (E-newsletter of Citizens for Public Justice) - May 2010 issue
Table of Contents:
* CPJ releases research paper on the impact of the recession
* Progress towards a federal anti-poverty Act
* CPJ meets new HUMA Committee Chair
* “Poor no More” launch on Parliament Hill
* CPJ development and fundraising news
* BIEN Canada conference
* CPJ comes to Toronto
* How will you and your congregation respond?
* Climate change as a moral problem: CPJ attends retreat
* CPJ’s Annual General Meeting, Thursday, May 27, 2010: Everyone welcome!
* World Religious Summit on the G8/G20 meetings: Sign the Petition
* Connect with CPJ on Facebook
* Web Features
* Still waiting for recovery: Recession increases poverty rate in Canada
* The G8 – G20 in Canada: A time for inspired leadership and change
* Muted Voices? Public Justice and the Canadian Churches
* Time for an Affordable Housing Act?
* The Commission of Hope
* Does representative democracy threaten national security?
* Closing Prayer: God has given us a dream

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Also from CPJ:

Bearing the Brunt
May 3, 2010
Bearing the Brunt: How the 2008-2009 Recession Created Poverty for Canadian Families details the rise in poverty and economic insecurity caused by the recession. The report examines key economic trends, comparing them to the baseline of 2007 (the last year for which poverty measures are available) in order to understand the recession’s impact.

The report:

Bearing the Brunt:
How the 2008-2009 Recession
Created Poverty for Canadian Families
(PDF - 1MB, 82 pages)
By Chandra Pasma
May 2010
Recessions create poverty. The 2008]2009 recession was no different as thousands of Canadian families were pushed into poverty. But while we have to wait until 2011 for most standard measures of poverty, there are a number of key economic indicators that already reveal the trends of increased poverty and economic insecurity throughout the recession...

Summary (PDF - 2.9MB, 6 pages)
[ Version française du sommaire:
Elles en payent les frais
(fichier PDF - 2.8Mo, 6 pages) ]

Related link:

What Economic Recovery?
By Chandra Pasma
May 31
For many Canadian families, the recession has meant increased poverty and insecurity.


Ola! April 2009
E-newsletter of Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ)
Table of Contents:
* Edmonton – a cradle of CPJ
* Covenantal economics and poverty
* CPJ in Quebec
+ New CPJ resources on electoral reform
* CPJ staff to participate in the Canadian Social Forum
* Web features
* Earth Day 2009 – Going deeper green
* What’s God got to do with it? Faith and politics at the cabinet table
* Language requirements counter to public justice values
* Human Trafficking: the modern-day slave trade
* CPJ Annual General Meeting – May 7, 2009
* The end of the world as we know it ...Thank God! KAIROS Gathering 2009
* Earth Day – April 22
* A Prayer of Healing


Poverty Reduction Strategy needed in Budget 2009
December 17, 2008
In a letter to Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty (PDF - 207K, 4 pages), CPJ calls on the government to present a "visionary stimulus package" as part of the Federal Budget anticipated for January 27, 2009.


Vision to Action: Canada Without Poverty
Submission to the Standing Committee on Finance
(PDF - 329K, 7 pages)
Pre-Budget Consultations
August, 2008

Citizens for Public Justice

Coalition of National Voluntary Organizations
The Coalition of National Voluntary Organizations (NVO) is a not-for-profit organization which promotes volunteerism and enhances the profile of Canada's voluntary and charitable sector. NVO is an umbrella coalition that has as its members 130 national voluntary charities active in a variety of fields ranging from health and social services to the environment, justice, education and international development.
Great resource site for people working in or with the voluntary sector...
Voluntary Sector Task Force (Privy Council Office version)
- see also Volunteer Canada

Community Foundations of Canada
We are the Canadian movement for community vitality, representing 174 Community Foundations across the country. Together, we help Canadians invest in building strong and resilient places to live, work and play.


Vital Signs reports released in 15 Canadian cities
October 5, 2010

Vital Signs 2010 is part of a growing nation-wide initiative by Canadian community foundations to measure quality of life and take action to improve it.
On October 5, fifteen local Vital Signs report cards were released by community foundations across Canada.

Unemployment four times higher among
university-educated newcomers, says national report card

News Release
October 5, 2010
Despite the fact that Canada will soon rely on immigration to replenish its shrinking labour force, newcomers with professional credentials are suffering unacceptably high unemployment rates, in comparison to non-immigrants with the same level of education, says Canada's Vital Signs 2010, the annual report card on quality of life from Community Foundations of Canada.

Vital Signs
Vital Signs is an annual check-up conducted by community foundations across Canada that measures the vitality of our communities, identifies trends, and shares opportunities for action in at least ten areas critical to quality of life. Since Toronto's first Vital Signs publication, the Report has been adopted by 16 communities across Canada and is now conducted nationally by Community Foundations of Canada.

The National Report:

Canada's Vital Signs 2010
Indicators used in this year's study:
1. Getting Started
- Unemployment Rate of Immigrants
2. Housing
- Average Housing Prices as a Proportion of Median Income
3. Environment
- Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Private Vehicles
4. Health
- Physicians per Capita
5. Gap between Rich and Poor
- Overall Poverty Rate
6. Work
- Unemployment Rate
7. Learning
- Proportion of Population with Completed Post-Secondary Education
8. Safety
- Property Crime Rate
9. Arts & Culture
- Employment in Cultural Industries
10. Belonging & Leadership
- Sense of Community Belonging

Research Findings (PDF - 494K, 21 pages)
Executive summary - HTML

Local Reports
Click the link above to access
reports for each participating city and area:
* Saint John (NB) * Lunenburg County (NS) * Montreal * Sudbury (the Sudbury report is missing as at Oct. 6/10)* Ottawa * Toronto * Hamilton * Kingston * Kitchener & Waterloo * London * Calgary * Medicine Hat * Southeastern Alberta * Red Deer * Victoria * Vancouver

Select a city or region from the list below to access its
Community Foundations Vital Signs page, where you'll
find a link to the news release and the report.

* The Calgary Foundation : Vital Signs 2010

* Hamilton Community Foundation : Vital Signs 2010

* Community Foundation for Kingston & Area : Vital Signs 2010

* London Community Foundation : Vital Signs 2010

* Community Foundation of Medicine Hat and Southeastern Alberta : Vital Signs 2010

* Foundation of Greater Montreal : Vital Signs 2010

* Community Foundation of Ottawa : Vital Signs 2010

* Red Deer & District Community Foundation : Vital Signs 2010

* The Greater Saint John Community Foundation : Vital Signs 2010

* Lunenburg County Community Fund, Community Foundation of Nova Scotia : Vital Signs 2010

* Toronto Community Foundation : Vital Signs 2010

* Victoria Foundation : Vital Signs 2010

* Vancouver Foundation : Vital Signs 2010

* Waterloo Region Vital Signs,
Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Foundation
and The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation :
Vital Signs 2010

Community Foundations of Canada


Related research - links to info about the following complementary indicator initiatives : Canadian Index of Wellbeing, Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Quality of Life Reporting System and Composite Learning Index, along with Key Sources of Data for Canadian Communities, and more...
Vital Signs Canada


CBC coverage:

Fewer jobs for well-educated new immigrants: study
October 5, 2010
Recent immigrants to Canada with a university education are more than four times more likely to be unemployed than Canadian-born workers with a university degree, a new study suggests. The study, released Tuesday by Community Foundations of Canada, found that in 2009 university-educated immigrants who had been in Canada fewer than five years had an unemployment rate of 13.9 per cent, compared with 3.4 per cent for their Canadian-born counterparts.


Related links:
Go to the Municipal Links page:

Community Economic Development (CED)

CED Learning Network
"Community economic development (CED) involves initiatives that attempt to strengthen the community by building equitable and inclusive economies. (...) The Toronto CED Learning Network is a group of over 350 organizations and individuals who are interested in CED in the Toronto area. Its membership reflects an exciting range of perspectives and approaches. Its main goal is to provide a space where members can learn from each other, share their resources and work together to develop healthy, equitable and sustainable business activity in Toronto."

CED Learning Network Links - over 1,000 links to free international resources and information on the web


CEDTAP - The Community Economic Development Technical Assistance Program
"CEDTAP is a five-year, Canada-wide initiative that aims to assist 500 communities by 2006. CEDTAP helps community-based organizations engaged in CED by supporting technical assistance, study tours, target group initiatives and requests for computer hardware and software. CEDTAP is also committed to strengthening the CED sector as a whole by disseminating innovative models, funding the development of tools and resources, and organizing learning events.
- incl. links to : About CEDTAP - News - Approved Initiatives - Application Guidelines - Application Form - Directory of Technical Assistance Providers - CEDTAP Forum - Gender and CED - Resources and Links - Contact Information


Canadian Community Economic Development Network
"(CCEDNet is a national member-based, democratic organization. We are a registered charitable non-profit organization. The membership of CCEDNet is made up of Community Economic Development (CED) community-based organizations and practitioners from every region of Canada. CED can be defined as action by people locally to create economic opportunities and enhance social conditions in their communities on a sustainable and inclusive basis, particularly with those who are most disadvantaged."

Comparative Research Programme on Poverty (CROP)

Conflict Resolution Network
"For almost two decades, Conflict Resolution Network Canada has been drawing people together to grapple with conflict, share insights and ideas, and act on the latest developments in conflict resolution theory and practice. Through our national conferences, comprehensive collection of conflict resolution books, content-rich Web site, cutting-edge programs and flagship quarterly newsletter, we have helped thousands of Canadians to build constructive approaches to conflict in every sphere of Canadian society."
Directory of Restorative Justice Programs in Canada
Youth Restorative Justice Directory
Neighbourhood Conflict Resolution Programs in Canada

National Consultation on Basic Principles for the Use of Restorative Justice in Canada
"The United Nations recently endorsed Basic Principles for the Use of Restorative Justice Programmes in Criminal Matters, and Conflict Resolution Network Canada has undertaken a national consultation to explore what impact these principles might have here. An electronic Dialogue Group will be a vital part of the consultation, and we hope you will join it. (...) The Dialogue Group will begin discussions on Monday, June 10, and continue until mid-September."
The Conflict Resolution Network's seven distinct program areas are : Community and Restorative Justice - Schools and Youth - Organizational and Workplace - Environment and Public Policy - International - Media and Conflict Portrayal - Conflict Resolution Teaching and Training Support
To register for the Dialogue Group, or to review the Principles first, go to the Restorative Justice Consultation Web site (the link above) and follow the links to Registration or to Basic Principles.

Related Link:

Family Mediation Canada

Council of Canadians
Founded in 1985, the Council of Canadians is Canada’s largest citizens’ organization, with members and chapters across the country. We work to protect Canadian independence by promoting progressive policies on fair trade, clean water, energy security, public health care, and other issues of social and economic concern to Canadians.

Stephen Harper’s Assault on Democracy
Murray Dobbin details the harm Prime Minister Stephen Harper is doing to the political and social fabric of Canada in a new, hard-hitting essay commissioned by the Council of Canadians titled Harper’s Hitlist: Power, Process and the Assault on Democracy.
- includes links to individual files for each of the 10 parts of the report.

Stephen Harper’s Hitlist:
Power, Process and the Assault on Democracy
(PDF - 683K, 36 pages)
April 2010
Table of contents:
Part 1 - Stephen Harper’s Assault on Democracy
Part 2 - Two Prorogations in Less Than a Year
Part 3 - Thwarting Democracy
Part 4 - Controlling Critics
Part 5 - Manipulating and Muzzling the Media
Part 6 - A Personal Agenda
Part 7 - Failing to Protect Canadian Citizens
Part 8 - Harper Attacks Rights
Part 9 - Political Advocacy Under Fire
Part 10 - Conclusion

Council of Canadians
Founded in 1985, the Council of Canadians is Canada’s largest citizens’ organization, with members and chapters across the country. We work to protect Canadian independence by promoting progressive policies on fair trade, clean water, energy security, public health care, and other issues of social and economic concern to Canadians.

[ Author Murray Dobbin has been a freelance journalist, broadcaster and author for thirty-five years. He is also a leading activist and analyst in the movement against corporate globalization. He has written extensively on various trade agreements and their impact on democracy and on neo-liberalism’s attack on social programs. He is a past executive board member of the Council of Canadians. ]

Court Challenges Program
Court Challenges Program of Canada is a national non-profit organization which was set up in 1994 to provide financial assistance for important court cases that advance language and equality rights guaranteed under Canada's Constitution.
Check the Site Guide for an overview of the site - includes a great database of links in almost two dozen areas of social policy research, including : Aboriginal - Colour, Race, National Origin, Ethnicity - Disability - Education Rights - Government - Human Rights - Immigration - Poverty Sexual Orientation - Womens Rights, and more...


Coalition to Save Court Challenges
The Coalition to Save Court Challenges is a broad coalition of concerned organizations and individuals committed to ensuring the continuation of funding for the Court Challenges Program of Canada. New organizations and individuals are signing onto our campaign every day.

List of participating organizations

Related Link:

Faces of the Cuts: The Impact of Federal Program Cuts on Communities in Toronto
An Early Look at Selected Areas Slated for Funding Cuts
(PDF file - 129K, 31 pages)
Forum Convened by
Community Social Planning Council of Toronto
Held at the Ontario Bar Association
October 11
"On September 25, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Treasury Board President John Baird announced $1 billion in federal program cuts to be implemented over two years. At the same time that cuts to youth employment, literacy organizations, women’s groups, Aboriginal health initiatives, and other equity-relevant programs were announced, the federal government also reported a staggering $13.2 billion surplus.(...) The Community Social Planning Council of Toronto convened a forum to bring together local communities and organizations across sectors and issues to share information, and discuss and strategize around the proposed cuts and related federal actions. (...) Focusing on selected areas, the report paints only part of the picture of the cuts and its impact on Toronto communities."
Community Social Planning Council of Toronto


DAWN - DisAbled Women's Network Canada
[ Réseau d'action des femmes handicapées du Canada ]
DAWN-RAFH Canada is a national organization controlled by and comprised of women who self-identify as Women with disAbilities. We are from all backgrounds and all disAbilities. We are a feminist organization working to achieve control over our lives and end the stereotype that labels us dependent burdens on society. Our Network began in 1985. Our Society Status was received in 1992.

Democracy Watch
Democracy Watch is a national non-profit, non-partisan organization, and Canada's leading citizen group advocating democratic reform, government accountability and corporate responsibility. Democracy Watch is the most effective and successful national citizen advocacy group in Canada at winning systemic changes to key laws since it opened its doors in fall 1993 - it has won more than 110 changes to federal and provincial good government and corporate responsibility laws, many of which are world-leading.

20 Steps towards a Modern, Working Democracy
Democracy Watch's campaign mandate, 20 Steps towards a Modern, Working Democracy, sets out changes that all governments in Canada should enact (according to their respective powers) to ensure that Canadian citizens have a greater and more meaningful role in government and business decision-making in Canada.

Government Information and Accountability Sites on the Internet
- 150+ links to general information websites about Canadian governments and laws, websites related to specific government accountability issues and other websites helpful for tracking what is happening in Canadian politics and for holding governments accountable.

Corporate Responsibility Resources in Canada and elsewhere
- 75+ links to resources including: * Company Information Search Sites * Business Ethics and Ethical Investment Sites * Canadian Government and Other Consumer Help Websites * Complain About Your Bank, Trust, Insurance or Investment Company * Canadian Corporate Lobbyists Search Sites * Media Accountability * more...

Related links:
Your online resource for news, resources and analysis of the laws that are the foundation of democracy and governance in Canada, including election law, campaign finance, lobbying and conflicts of interest.

Directory of Development Organizations, 2010
January 10, 2010
The Directory of Development Organizations 2010 is a comprehensive listing of 60,000+ development organizations dedicated to good governance, sustainable development and poverty reduction. The directory is divided into 6 geographical sections: Africa, Asia and the Middle East, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, and Oceania.

Development organizations in Canada (PDF - 1.4MB, 57 pages)

Electronic Commons: A public network -- [version française]
This national not for profit online web space is dedicated to the exchange of information, opinions and resources by and for all Canadians.

Family Connections

Habitat for Humanity Canada
Habitat for Humanity International

Halifax Initiative
Halifax Initiative is a Canadian coalition of development, environment, faith, rights and labour groups. [It] was formed in the context of an international movement of non-governmental organizations focused on evaluating the role and record of the Bretton Woods Institutions at the time of their 50th Anniversary. Canadian NGOs formed the Halifax Initiative in December 1994 to ensure that demands for fundamental reform of the international financial institutions were high on the agenda of the G7's 1995 Halifax Summit.
- incl. links to : Debt - Export Credit Agencies - International Monetary Fund - Tobin Tax - World Bank - G-20 - Finance for Development - Publications - Media - Events - Links
Related Links : See the Canadian Social Research Links Globalization page


Directory of Canadian and International Think Tanks
Links to over 100 Canadian, U.S. and international think tanks
You'll just have to figure out for yourself which ones wear the black hats and which ones wear the white hats...

Inter-Church Coalition on Africa
Inter-Church Committee for Human Rights in Latin America

Idealist, a project of Action Without Borders. In this site you will find 20,000 nonprofit and community organizations in 150 countries, which you can search or browse by name, location or mission. Includes tons of links to Canadian sites - organizations, resources, volunteering, services, and much more.
Includes 700+ Canadian NGOs and 400+ Canadian services, just to whet your appetite...


In Common - "Global action against poverty"
Led by the Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC), 100+ Canadian organizations have joined in common -- a campaign to make action against poverty a public and political priority.

Internet Nonprofit Center - Information For and About Nonprofit Organizations (U.S)

Laidlaw Foundation (Toronto)
"The Laidlaw Foundation uses its human and financial resources in innovative ways to strengthen the environment for children, youth and families, to enhance opportunities for human development and creativity and to sustain healthy communities and ecosystems."

Go to the Canadian Social Research Links page of links for Children, Families and Youth (Canadian NGOs) for links to content from the Laidlaw Foundation website

Literary Review of Canada (LRC)
The LRC is Canada’s leading magazine for discussions of public affairs and culture. No other magazine in Canada today has our fifteen-year track record of providing Canadians with robust, intelligent public discourse on a wide range of topics from the country’s very best thinkers and writers.


Tracking Those in Poverty
A review of Telling Tales: Living the Effects of Public Policy
(PDF file - 1.6MB, 4 pages)
by Sheila Neysmith, Kate Bezanson and Anne O’Connell
Review by John Stapleton
[Posted with permission of the reviewer]
November 2005 issue of the Literary Review of Canada
"...there is little political will at the provincial level to address the plight of the disadvantaged in terms of improving income security programs. If the province does just a little, they bring the inadequacy of programs into sharp relief and shine a light on everything that they are not doing. If they were to consider doing a lot, it would cost more money than they can spend on a target group that has little political support or public sympathy."
- includes the table of contents for the November 2005 issue of the Literary Review of Canada and subscription information

More info about Telling Tales and how to order it
- incl. links to "Poverty study full of surprises", an article (June 10/05) by Toronto Star Columnist Carol Goar about Telling Tales and a book review (September 2005) by Brice Balmer, secretary of the Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition.

Make Poverty History Banner

Make Poverty History (Canada)
Here's what we want in 14 words:
* More and Better Aid
* Trade Justice
* Cancel the Debt
* End Child Poverty in Canada

Steering Committee - includes members from : the Assembly of First Nations - Campaign 2000 - Canadian Council for International Co-operation - Canadian Labour Congress - National Anti Poverty Organization - Results Canada - World Vision - and more...

Make Poverty History (International)


News search Results:
"Make Poverty History"

Web Search Results:
"Make Poverty History"

Web Search Results:
"End Child Poverty in Canada"
Google News search Results:
"End Child Poverty in Canada"


Mental Health Commission of Canada
The Mental Health Commission of Canada is a non-profit organization created to focus national attention on mental health issues and to work to improve the health and social outcomes of people living with mental illness.

Mental Health Commission of Canada Launches National Research Project to Find Sustainable Solutions for
People With Mental Health Issues Who Are Homeless : Study will investigate ‘Housing First’ approach
(PDF - 139K, 2 pages)
News Release
TORONTO, November 23, 2009 – The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) has implemented a ground-breaking national research project in five cities to find the best way to provide housing and services to people who are living with mental illness and homelessness. Using a ‘Housing First’ approach, the research project focuses on first providing people who are homeless with a place to live, and then the other assistance and services they require. The goal is to see if this approach is better than traditional ‘care as usual.’

Related links:

Mentally ill get housing in study
565 Toronto homeless will enrol in research
November 23, 2009
The largest project in Canada's history to study the link between mental illness and homelessness kicks off Monday, offering hope – and a home – to more than 1,300 street people across the country. Housing first, rehabilitation will follow – that's the philosophy behind a national research project on homelessness and mental illness being launched by the new Mental Health Commission of Canada. (...) Altogether, 1,325 people will be given a place to live and social services during the study, which is to get $110 million in funding over the next five years. Participants are expected to contribute 30 per cent of their income, including welfare and disability payments. Canada has an estimated 300,000 homeless people. (...) The program is modelled after the successful Pathways to Housing Project, which was founded in New York City in 1992 and has since spread out to 40 cities worldwide.
The Toronto Star

Pathways to Housing - U.S.
Pathways to Housing was founded by Dr. Sam Tsemberis in 1992, and is widely credited as being the originator of the "Housing First" model of addressing homelessness among people with psychiatric disabilities. The Housing First model is simple: provide housing first, and then combine that housing with supportive treatment services in the areas of mental and physical health, substance abuse, education, and employment.

National Action Committee on the Status of Women
[Page d'accueil en français]
"The National Action Committee on the Status of Women is the largest feminist organization in Canada. A coalition of more than 700 member groups, NAC has been fighting for women's equality for over 29 years."
Site map - quick overview of site content

National Anti-Poverty Organization (NAPO)

Name changed Feb. 3, 2009 - see Canada Without Poverty (higher up on the page you're now reading)

National Citizens' Coalition

National Council of Welfare

- See the Canadian Social Research Links Social Research Organizations (I) in Canada page)

North-South Institute

Oxfam Canada

Progressive Economics Forum (PEF)
The Progressive Economics Forum aims to promote the development of a progressive economics community in Canada. The PEF brings together over 125 progressive economists, working in universities, the labour movement, and activist research organizations.

Blog : Relentlessly Progressive Economics
Authors : Andrew Jackson - Arun DuBois - Erin Weir - Iglika Ivanova - Jim Stanford - Marc Lee - Mathieu Dufour - Toby Sanger - Wenonah Bradshaw


Selected site content:
NOTE: I tend to post links to PEF commentaries on the theme pages of this site, so the selected content below is definitely not comprehensive nor necessarily recent. Check the PEF link above for the latest content.

Who Holds the Family Purse-Strings?
By Andrew Jackson
June 24, 2011
Statscan have released an interesting paper, “The Income Management Strategies of Older Couples in Canada.” It looks at who controls the family finances in couples with one partner aged 45 and over. (They used the age cut off because a special question was added to the General Social Survey which is restricted to that age group.) This is important because most economists (famously, Becker) and policy-makers often assume that income is shared equitably among all members of the household, within which power relations do not exist. Sociologists, historians and feminist economists, by contrast, have long-known that the neo classical assumption that families approximate individuals in their economic behaviour is bunk. (Canadian women economists Shelley Phipps and Frances Woolley have contributed to our understanding of the complex reality of families considered as economic units.)

Progressive Economics Forum


PEF at the 2011 CEA Meetings
[Translation :
The Progressive Economics Forum
at the Canadian Economics Association Meetings
By Jim Stanford
June 8, 2011
The ubiquitous Ish Theilheimer of the left-wing on-line news site Straight Goods has written a very generous profile of the Progressive Economics Forum.

He hung out at last weekend’s CEA meetings at the University of Ottawa for a while, and caught a few PEF members (including myself, David Robinson, and Brendan Haley) on the way into various sessions. He filmed those interviews, and a film version of his coverage will also appear on his site at some point [ ]. (...) Remember, the PEF was founded at the U of O back in 1998, at the CEA meetings there that year. So there we were back at our “alma mater,” so to speak, 13 years later. In the meantime, the PEF has grown to 100+ dues-paying members, we have a high-profile presence at the CEA meetings each year, we support critical-thinking economics students (including through our essay contest...

Progressive Economics Forum


45th Annual Conference of the Canadian Economics Association
June 2 - 5, 2011
University of Ottawa
- includes links to conference program (see below), registration details, travel and accommodation information, etc.

Conference program - includes all speakers & presenters, locations and times

Canadian Economics Association

Related link:

Progressive Economics Forum at the
Canadian Economics Association meetings

Here's a selection of Progressive Economics Forum sessions scheduled for the Canadian Economics Association conference on June 3-5 at the University of Ottawa:
* Debt Wall? Trends in Canadian Household Debt ?
* Financial Literacy: Where are We and Where Should We be Going
* Philosophy of Money and Finance
* The European Debt and Currency Crisis: Causes, Consequences, and Implications for North America
* Dissecting the Fiscal Issues Facing Canada
* Canadian Provincial Budgeting Priorities and Risks
* Measuring the Credit Union Difference: The Economic Consequences of Credit Unions.
Progressive Economics Forum


The Progressive Economics Forum (PEF) at the
Canadian Economics Association 2010 meetings

March 10, 2010
The PEF will once again be hosting panels at this year’s Canadian Economics Association meetings, May 28-30 in Quebec City. The lineup for the PEF events includes panel discussions on the following broad topics:
* Was Financialization Rational for Capital?
* Canada’s Economic Security and the Great Recession: What Have We Learned?
* Is There a Market Fundamentalist Message in the Introductory Textbooks?
* Labour in a time of crisis, comparing experiences and prospects in Canada and the US.
* Perspectives on Happiness in Canada and the United States
* Integrating Climate and Industrial Policies
* Canadian Public Finances and Monetary Policy: Sound Finance or Functional Finance

Click the link above to see the complete program, including the list of speakers and all sub-topics.

Progressive Economics Forum Blog

Related link:

44th Annual Conference of the CEA
Friday, May 28 - Sunday, May 30, 2010
Quebec City

Also from the
Progressive Economics Forum Blog

The Recovery Slows
By Erin Weir
April 30th, 2010
In February, Canada experienced its slowest economic growth since October 2009. Of course, no one expected the initial rapid rebound out of recession to continue forever.

PovNet is an online resource for advocates, people on welfare, and community groups and individuals involved in anti-poverty work. It provides up-to-date information about resources in British Columbia and Canada. PovNet links to current anti-poverty issues and also provides links to other anti-poverty organizations and resources in Canada and internationally. PovNet is a clearinghouse of information necessary to address issues of anti-poverty. Regulations and laws can change so quickly it is difficult to know if the information you are using is up-to-date. PovNet strives to keep advocates and those who may be experiencing difficulty with the social service system informed.
[ Source : About PovNet ]

* News - Anti-poverty & poverty related news stories, current events, reports & press releases.

* Regional - View news, resources government info & links sorted by territory or province.

* Online Resources


Radically Canadian

Recession Relief Coalition [Toronto Chapter] *
The Recession Relief Coalition is a broad-based group of organizations and individuals concerned about the impact of the recession on Canada’s most vulnerable and marginalized residents. Over 260 organizations and over 1,100 individuals across Canada have endorsed the coalition’s call on the federal government to create a recession relief fund to prevent cuts to public and private not-for-profit agencies serving vulnerable communities, and to increase funding to support vital social services including homelessness programs and settlement services.
- incl. links to: home - actions - indicators - contact - participate - video - gallery - news - archives - blog - submit your story

* We intend to open chapters across Canada to share ideas and information, sponsor events and pressure government at all levels to take strong action to protect us all from the harmful effects of this recession and to alleviate poverty nation wide.

Selected site content:

We're "All" in this Together is a quarterly newsletter from the Recession Relief Coalition designed to keep you informed about the real story of this recession. There will be stories about our activities and our history and about the recession and how it affects the people and communities of Canada, as well as information about recession related events that are coming soon. We will include photos from our events and links to our photo gallery and to our videos page where you will find videos created by Ronzig about us and the things we are doing.

We're All in This Together - fall 2009
October 30, 2009
PDF format (151K, 5 pages)
Word format (730K, 5 pages)

Recession Relief Coalition videos

When will we move beyond a Stone Age mentality?
By Ron Craven
October 16, 2009
Throughout the history of the human race there has been a division of power resulting in an elite few who did little while the majority worked every waking hour just to survive. While the privileged few grew fat off the labour of the rest, the progress of the race was hampered because most of the population had no time to work at creating a better society. Today is no different. While 90% of the population slaves every waking hour to maintain the few comforts they have been allowed to enjoy primarily through a credit system that ensures they will never escape an indentured state of existence, the dominant 10% enjoy their multi million dollar yachts, private jets and mansions.

Endorse the
Recession Relief Declaration

- read the declaration, then scroll down the page and add your name to the growing list of supporters.

This Is What the Recession Looks Like: June 2009 (PDF - 161K, 8 pages)
Research Bulletin #1
- calling for immediate government action on: * Social Assistance Reform * Unemployment Income (EI Reform * Funding for Non-Profit Sector, including Housing and Homelessness Programs
- incl. Key Facts & Trends in this Recession

[NOTE: the content below is still located on the original Recession Relief website.]

Combating Poverty, Homelessness and
Hunger: Create a Peace Dividend
(PDF - 65K, 7 pages)
By Cathy Crowe (Street Nurse and Atkinson Economic Justice Fellow)
June 1, 2009
"(...) Canadians need and want a peace dividend that is an investment in people not destruction. In the meantime however, this recession further necessitates program spending that will provide emergency recession relief – monies to expand Employment Insurance benefits, bolster provincial social assistance rates, prevent evictions, and expand emergency life saving services such as food and shelter."

Employment Insurance Reform and Poverty (PDF - 83K, 3 pages)
Submission to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills, Social Development
and the Status of Persons with Disabilities
By the Toronto City Summit Alliance
May 31, 2009 (in connection with appearance on June 2, 2009)

Brief submitted to the House of Commons
Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and
Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities
(PDF - 146K, 7 pages)
June 1, 2009
By John Stapleton
(on behalf of the Atkinson Charitable Foundation)
* Federal Government Role in Canada's Social Safety net
* Disparity in responses to poverty and social policy at the Provincial and Territorial level
* Needlessly Prolonging the Recession

Testimony to the
Standing Committee on Human Resources,
Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities
(Word file - 24K, 3 pages)
by John Andras
Co Founder Recession Relief Coalition and Chair of SKETCH
"(...) The need for emergency funding to be made available to the agencies feeding, clothing, sheltering and counseling the victims of the recession is clear and pressing. Governments need to respond to the reality that demand is growing and non-government funding is falling. "


Related links:

Recession Relief Coalition:
This is what the recession looks like for Canadians

Jun 11, 2009
By Michael Shapcott
As Canada's federal government is set to release its first major report on its economic initiatives (including the multi-billion dollar economic stimulus package that was part of the January federal budget), the Recession Relief Coalition has released its own report on "what the recession looks like" this morning. The coalition is a broad-based group of more than 260 organizations and 1,100 individuals across Canada.
Some key findings from the coalition's research report:
* the number of single people on Ontario Works (provincial welfare) reached an all-time record of 130,180 in April, 2009
* Ontario's real unemployment rate (the official unemployment rate, plus people who are "discouraged" and have dropped out of the labour market, plus involuntary part-time workers) is now well into the double digits at 13.6% and is a staggering 28% for youth aged 15 to 24.
* Credit Canada (which helps people deal with debt) has had a 42% increase in new clients in the past year.
* Non-profit and community-based programs and services are being over-whelmed with growing demand; foodbanks in Toronto report that a record one million people were forced to line up for food last year.
The Recession Relief Coalition sets out a policy agenda that includes increases to federal and provincial income assistance programs (including welfare and employment insurance); plus increased funding for the non-profit sector, including housing and homelessness programs.
Wellesley Institute Blog
[ Wellesley Institute ]

Research Forum on Children, Families and the New Federalism
 (U.S. site hosted by the National Center for Children in Poverty)
- the Research Forum database includes 41 reviewed and 28 unreviewed research projects dealing with issues of welfare reform in the U.S. and its effects.
- includes the Canadian Self-Sufficiency Project page (a welfare research and demonstration project in New Brunswick and British Columbia) - more info about SSP


Rights & Democracy - The International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development
This site works best in Internet Explorer. (I'm being polite here - actually, this site works like crap in Netscape 4.75)
Incl. Globalization and Human Rights - Indigenous Peoples' Rights -International Human Rights Advocacy -Women's Rights
Rights & Democracy - The International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development is a non-partisan organization with an international mandate. It was created by Canada's Parliament in 1988 to encourage and support the universal values of human rights and the promotion of democratic institutions and practices around the world.
President : Warren Allmand
- Don't miss the excellent collection of links to Canadian and international directories and databases - but I can't offer you a link to it because this site uses frames.
You'll have to go there, using Internet Explorer.

Royal Canadian Legion
The Legion is Canada's largest veterans', ex-service persons' and community service organization with more than 500,000 members and more than 1,600 branches in Canada, the USA (21) and Germany (3). The Legion  puts more than $300 million into our communities each year and provide services to veterans, ex-service persons, seniors, youth and numerous community-based charities. Visit this site for a wealth of information on the Legion and its activities. Sections include About Us - Remembrance and Poppy - Dominion Convention - Legion Sports - Membership - Ladies Auxiliaries - Veterans and Ex-Service Persons Service - Links - Leadership and Development. You'll also find links to all Legion Commands across Canada, a number of issues of Reveille, the newsletter of the Dominion Command, and much more.

From the
Salvation Army:

Salvation Army Launches The Dignity Project to Inspire, Educate and Activate Public Support
March 1, 2011
News Release
A report released today by The Salvation Army finds that many Canadians continue to believe persistent myths about poverty and the poor. The study is being released in conjunction with the launch of The Dignity Project, a campaign designed to educate and inform the public about the challenges facing society’s most vulnerable people.

Complete report:

Myths about Poverty Persist Throughout Canada
March 2001
NOTE: The location of the eight-page report isn't immediately obvious.
Click the link above, then (on the next page) scroll down to the lower portion of the page to the image of the old fella reaching up for a red blanket.
Click on the cover page to read the report full-screen.

Salvation Army

Related links:

Report finds poverty myths rampant
By Shannon Proudfoot
March 1, 2011
More than half of Canadians think a family of four can get by on $30,000 a year or less, while a similar number believe that if poor people really want to work, "they can always find a job."
A new Salvation Army report exploring attitudes on poverty in Canada suggests many people believe the poor are "part of the problem" and their decisions led them to poverty, even while most also agree that everyone deserves basic dignity and a helping hand. (...) the report shows 89 per cent of Canadians agree that people in poverty deserve a helping hand and 81 per cent say helping poor families sets up their children for success. Almost all (96 per cent) agree that everyone deserves a sense of dignity, though just 65 per cent believe being poor robs people of their dignity.(...)
Selected results from the Dignity Project report:
- 49 per cent of Canadians say if poor people really want to work, they can always find a job
- 43 per cent agree that "a good work ethic is all you need you to escape poverty"
- 41 per cent say that if we gave poor people more assistance, they would "take advantage"
- 28 per cent believe people living in poverty "usually have lower moral values"
- 23 per cent believe people are poor because they're lazy
- 37 per cent agree that people living in poverty in Canada "still have it pretty good"
- 24 per cent say they don't really see many people in Canada who are "truly poor"
- 18 per cent say poverty is a problem we can't really do much about
Ottawa Citizen

Social Justice Committee of Montreal
World Interaction Mondiale

Social Policy Cafe
Havi Echenberg's blog is rich with resources and insights - hardly surprising, given the breadth and depth of her experience in Canadian social research and social policy. Every week in her blog, Havi does a review (see "Triage" below) of selected social research resources such as studies and reports, and a section called Hidden gems that promises some, well, hidden gems.

Selected content from the Social Policy Cafe:
(in reverse chronological order)

Triage: Homelessness and more
April 2, 2010
- includes links to, and Havi's thoughts about, three items on homelessness and two other items - one on planned federal spending, and one on optimal tax rates.
1. The US Interagency Council on Homelessness has engaged in an extensive consultation on new ideas to end homelessness.
2. A report from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development looks at costs associated with first-time homelessness for singles and families.
3 . The Ottawa Alliance to End Homelessness recently released a report card for the year 2009, including data on shelter usage.
4. The team at Inside Ottawa at the Globe and Mail has done an analysis of planned spending for each of the next three years, based on reports by 97 departments and financial agencies. The resulting document lists these departments and agencies and associated projections based on greatest reductions in absolute spending and greatest reduction as a percentage of budgets.
5. “The optimal size of government is a partisan issue. The optimal tax mix isn’t” - a recent entry in an economics blog entitled Worthwhile Canadian Initiatives.
Click the "Triage" link above to access these five items and related links...


Social policy: into the future
March 31, 2010
Two reports released recently focus on social policy moving into the future.
1. ACSW Social Policy Framework 2010: Visioning a More Equitable and Just Alberta, from the Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW), explicitly recommends a shift from individualism to a more collective approach, to reduce what it describes as growing disparity in Alberta
2. Canada at 150: The Social Agenda, is a speech by Sherri Torjman of the Caledon Institute of Social Policy on Emerging Pressures and Approaches in Social Policy at the Canada@150 Conference (Liberal policy conference) held in Montréal, March 26, 2010.


Triage: Three Canadian reports worth reading
Reviews of the following:
* How Canada Performs: A Report Card on Canada (by the Conference Board of Canada)
--- ranking Canada’s socio-economic performance against that of peer countries
* Mending Canada’s frayed social safety net: The role of municipal governments
--- from the Quality of Life surveys conducted by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities
* The Preston Manning Centre Barometer
--- an "annual look at Canadians’ attitudes towards values and policies generally ascribed to Conservatives”


Hidden gems: Community information database
The Community Information Database (CID), developed by the Rural Secretariat with the cooperation of provincial and territorial governments, is intended to be "a free internet-based resource developed to provide communities, researchers, and governments with access to consistent and reliable socio-economic and demographic data and information for all communities across Canada." And it delivers. Despite a clunky interface, and a steep learning curve that can’t be bypassed, in my experience, the CID provides a rich source of information about all communities, including urban ones, with data from the 1996, 2001, and 2006 Census. In fact, more than 500 pieces of data can be retrieved for all of Canada, by province, region, Census Metropolitan area, Census subdivision, or regional health district.


Triage: top three social policy stories of the week
By Havi Echenberg, Social Policy Cafe
March 12, 2010
1. How many homeless people are there in Canada? (incl. references to homeless counts in the U.S. and Australia)
2. Caledon releases five short papers on the interaction of student financial aid and social assistance.
3. The Toronto-Dominion Bank has just issued a report on the future of the labour force, echoing many of the same themes raised in a Canadian Chamber of Commerce report a few weeks ago.
Click the link above to read all three stories.
- includes 10 links to related resources
Social Policy Cafe


The top five Canadian sources for connected social policy wonks
By Havi Echenberg
January 20, 2010
"These start with the basics for anyone who’s been at this a while, but someone had to tell us about them, right? And these are focussed pretty narrowly on Canada; another entry will get us beyond our own borders. So, here goes."
[NOTE: click the above link for Havi's blog entry with more information on each of these sources.]

* Canadian Social Research Links and weekly newsletter*
* The Daily - from Statistics Canada
The Caledon Institute of Social Policy
* T
he Institute for Research on Public Policy

* T
wo more think tanks - one left-leaning and one right-leaning:
--- The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
--- The Fraser Institute
"All of these will put information in your RSS feed-reader or in your email inbox. All with provide you with timely information and analysis. I’m sure others have their own top five. If I’ve missed your favourites, please add them in the comments!"

Social Policy Cafe
Havi Echenberg's blog
["I am social policy analyst, currently employed by the Library of Parliament. I have had the privilege to work in social policy for 30 years, at the municipal and federal level, with governments and non-government (civil society) organizations. My interests within that sphere are broad, and I am most interested in passing on what I read, hear, and know, so that others can share and challenge my observations."]
* Thanks for including my work in your list and for your kind words, Havi - and welcome back online!
Havi was Director of the National Antipoverty Organization (NAPO) when we first met "a few" years ago
She's now with the Parliamentary Library, and still as strong a supporter of social justice as ever...

Social and Enterprise Development Innovations (SEDI)
"SEDI stands for Social and Enterprise Development Innovations. (...)We are a national charitable organization dedicated to enabling poor, unemployed and under-employed people to become self-sufficient. We take a variety of leading-edge social and economic approaches to this goal in areas such as policy development, program management, information exchange, capacity building, public education and research. Above all, SEDI is a catalyst..."

"One of the most important assets is education. SEDI is offering an exciting chance for over 3,000 low-income earners to boost their savings so that they can afford skills training, schooling or to start-up a small business:will match the savings each participant puts aside in an Individual Development Account (IDA), dollar for dollar, paid directly to the school or institution . Through the IDA account, participants can build their personal savings and earn a credit for a matching amount by saving as little as $10 a month over 1 to 3 years. In most areas, the personal savings will be matched at $3 for every dollar saved up to the first $1,500. This matching contribution puts low-income Canadians on an equal footing with higher income Canadians who can afford to put away more of their own money. Between 2001 and 2003, partner organizations recruited candidates in 10 communities across the country. Recruitment is now complete in 9 of the 10 sites. Vancouver will be recruiting until December 2003. This project is the largest of its kind in the world. It’s delivered in partnership with the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC) and is funded by Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC)."
Learn$ave FAQs

Related Links (U.S./ International):

Individual Development Accounts - from the Economic Success Clearinghouse (formerly Welfare Information Network) (links to 100+ online resources!)
Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) - from TrickleUp (U.S. and International seed capital and business training for microenterprise)
IDAnetwork - "Exchanging Ideas about Individual Development Accounts"
Individual Development Accounts - from the Corporation for Enterprise Development
Individual Development Accounts - from the Administration for Children and Families (U.S. Government)
Individual Development Accounts - from
Work, Welfare and Savings : Modernisation of Tax and Benefits (U.K.) - from H.M. Treasury
[see esp. files #7-8-9 - also includes info about the U.K.'s child and working credits]

Tamarack - An Institute for Community Engagement
"Tamarack is a charitable organization dedicated to helping Canadian communities take ownership of local issues by making use of proven strategies for community engagement. Community Engagement is commonly defined as citizens from different sectors of a community joining together taking leadership, to address issues that affect them all.
Tamarack was founded as a partnership between Alan Broadbent of the Maytree Foundation, and Paul Born. Designed to promote community building across Canada, the institute's mission is to develop a process to help people create bold visions for the future of their communities, and work together to achieve those visions more easily and effectively."

Selected site content:

Vibrant Communities
Vibrant Communities is a community-driven effort to reduce poverty in Canada by creating partnerships that make use of our most valuable assets – people, organizations, businesses and governments.Vibrant Communities links communities from all across Canada, British Columbia to Newfoundland and Labrador, in a collective effort to test the most effective ways to reduce poverty at the grassroots level.

Tamarack Institute for Community Engagement:
Tamarack exists to build vibrant and engaged communities in Canada. Our work will result in more collaborative approaches and less poverty. is owned by a small private company located in Cedar, British Columbia. It is prepared by a husband and wife team who are retired from owning and operating a small business, with one being a retired CGA (Certified General Accountant). The goal of the site is to be a reference site for easy to understand tax, financial, and related information.
- incl. links to :
* Home * What's New * Calculators * Financial Planning * Real Estate * Stocks Bonds etc. * RRSP - RRIF - TFSA * Personal Tax * Seniors * Disabilities * Business *
GST/HST * PST * Federal Government * Provincial & territorial pages * Federal and Provincial Budgets * Statistics * Glossary * Site Map * Business Directory * Calculator Licensing * Contact Us/About Us * Links

Better-Half Endorsement:
My spouse recommended this site, which she found while doing some social research recently, because she found some good historical tax information that wasn't readily available elsewhere. When I checked out the site for myself, I found that some of the provincial/territorial pages were lacking information about social assistance (welfare) programs, and that's why Canadian Social Research Links is here for the long haul...
But is definitely worth a more leisurely visit, especially if you do any research in the area of taxation.
[Gilles] also includes a link to:
* Home * Site Map * What's New * Glossary * Calculators * Free in 30! (30-yr plan for personal financial independence) * Personal Tax * Tax Rates * Save Money * Resources

Related link
(not NGO, but worth bookmarking!):

Speaking of recommended resources for social researchers, the link to Canada Benefits below should be part of your basic collection of program information resources. That's because it's one of the few government websites where you can find links to *both* federal and provincial government initiatives on the same page. Add the link to your Bookmarks/Favorites for one-click access to information that's timely and comprehensive!
(Yes kiddies, the government *does* do some things well - kudos!)

Canada Benefits
On the Canada Benefits Web site, you can find information about federal, provincial, and territorial benefit programs and services for individuals.
More specifically, you can find out about:
* Government student loans;
* Public pension plans;
* Employment insurance;
* Health services;
* Social assistance; and
* Assistance for parents, immigrants, refugees, persons with disabilities, veterans, and others.

You can navigate the Canada Benefits Web site in several ways:

* Self-identification ("I am" category);
* Life Events;
* Keyword Search;
* A-Z Benefits Index; or
* Benefits Finder.

Government of Canada

the anarchy organization

This is a large Canadian Site maintained by a team of volunteers.
See the tao site index for an overview of the extensive and current Canadian content, along with links to international tao affiliates.
tao communications is a regional federation of local autonomous collectives and individuals involved in communications and media, radical activism and social work.
organized tao locals:
- tao vancouver
- tao edmonton
- tao toronto
- tao montreal
- tao olympia
In addition, tao collectives  are forming in Northern Ontario and Ottawa. Groups in Guelph, Winnipeg, Calgary, and Edmonton, as well as various other world locales also participate within the federation.
Check out tao's online interactive calendar - demonstrations, meetings, events. Very active. Click on the date of any event for more information - and be sure to check previous and coming months.

This is Our Place - Resources for Low-Income People by Province

Tristat Resources (Richard Shillington) - "Data analysis is an aid to thinking not a replacement for"

Richard Shillington, Ph.D., is a statistician with a difference - he delights in poking a finger in the federal government's ribs when he feels they've been less than forthright or honest about health, social or economic policy. He's appeared before many Parliamentary Committees, and he frequently provides commentaries for television, radio and newspapers on issues of taxation, human rights and social policy.
-incl. links to Richard's work in the following areas : St. Christopher House Report - Social Conditions & Human Rights - Tax Policy & Income Tested Benefits - The GIS Story - The Debate over Poverty Lines - The National Child Tax Benefit - Information about the Child Tax Benefit Changes Proposed in the 1997 Federal budget - Honesty in Government.

Lies, damn lies and...
Poverty statistics?

If your eyes glaze over at the mere mention of poverty lines and/or unemployment statistics, I think you'll appreciate this short discussion/reflexion paper by Canadian social policy experts Richard Shillington and John Stapleton. It's an overview of, and observations about, Canada's poverty measurement tools; it includes discussion (or reflexion) points for further study or group discussions. Did YOU know that there are four different ways to measure Employment Insurance coverage of the Canadian workforce? And what the heck is a B/U ratio, anyway? Click below to find out.

Cutting Through the Fog:
Why is it so hard to make sense of poverty measures?
(PDF - 186K, 22 pages)
Richard Shillington and John Stapleton
May 2010
(...) This paper is intended to open up some room for thoughtful discussion about poverty issues among interested Canadians. The goal is not to tell anyone what to think, but to encourage all of us to question.
(...) Data can be presented in many different ways, depending on the goals of the person or group providing the data. It is important to question what is being measured, how it is measured, and when it was measured.
(...) Being critical of the statistics used as “evidence” for a point of view involves finding out what assumptions underlie the numbers.
For example, you might hear that:
• the percentage of Canadians living in poverty is around 15%...or only 5%, or
• Canada’s Employment Insurance (EI) program covers approximately 85% of the unemployed…or only 45%.
(...) The gap between these statistics is so large because they measure different things.

Metcalf Foundation
The Foundation was established by George Cedric Metcalf in 1960. It currently makes grants totaling approximately $5.5 million each year and has an asset base of approximately $130 million. The Foundation works primarily in three areas: environment, performing arts and low-income communities. Our work is focused on supporting organizations that are working collaboratively to cultivate long-term solutions to issues, thinking broadly in pursuit of comprehensive approaches and engaging communities to take a meaningful role in decisions affecting their lives

[ See "About This Paper" on the second page of the PDF file for biographical notes on the authors.]

Related links:

Open Policy - John Stapleton's website


Retirement Planning for the "Rest of Us"
"This web-site is designed to give Retirement Planning advice for those Canadians, half the population, who do not have an employer pension plan and will not save hundreds of thousands of dollars in their RRSP. Only about 40% of the labour force have an employer pension plan. Jobs with pension plan coverage usually come with benefits like health benefits, maternity benefits etc. By retirement about half of families have no employer pension plan to speak of and must rely on public plans (OAS, GIS & CPP) and a modest retirement savings, mostly RRSP (on average about $40,000). This web-site is designed for those without an employer pension plan or large RRSP. This web-site is about retirement planning for the "Rest of Us."

Retirement Planning Resources
for the "Rest of Us"
- includes links to the following useful resources:
* Why listen to me? * What is wrong with most Financial Advice * Recommended Reading for the "Rest of Us" * Are you GIS Destined? * What you need to know about GIS and Spouses and Widows Allowance * RRSPs don't work well for you * Why you should probably take early CPP * Early CPP: Individual Calculator * Credit Cards * Home Ownership * Your income at retirement

NOTE: Richard is the person who helped the federal government to find a few hundred thousand seniors who were entitled to, but not receiving, the Guaranteed Income Supplement under the Old Age Security Program.

Maternity Benefits
September 24, 2002
"About half of new moms don't get EI Maternity Benefits many despite their contributions to EI. Those least likely to get EI Maternity Benefits are single moms, work part-time for low-wages, in non-union jobs in the private sector."
- links to an op-ed piece and a longer paper on who gets maternity benefits
Source : Tristat Resources
(Richard Shillington)

Things Which Could Be Changed - list of 14 flaws, problems and screw-ups in the design of support programs that governments could fix.

The GIS Story - "How 300,000 seniors got half a billion dollars"

Two Casualities of the Child Tax Benefit: Truth and the Poor (PDF file -, 60K, 6 pages)
This article was published in Policy Options by the Institute for Research in Public Policy (IRPP), in November 2000

Analyse This - Richard's column for Straight Goods (Canada's alternative media link)
Here are some sample articles that you'll find here (over 20 articles in all):
- Newspeak on poverty
- Why I reject our voting system and rejected my ballot
- Canada's "Brain Drain" a trickle not a flood
- What happened to representing the middle class?
- Flat tax no help to average taxpayer
- Brilliant spinning places welfare recipients in cottages
- A poor measure of poverty

Vanier Institute of the Family (VIF)
Established in 1965, the Vanier Institute of the Family is a national charitable organization dedicated to promoting the well-being of Canadian families. It is governed by a volunteer board with regional representation from across Canada. The programs of the Institute generally fall into four categories: Research - Public education - Consultation - Advocacy

Selected VIF reports:

Hallmarks of a Compassionate, Civil Society
Press Release
March 27, 2007
Ottawa—Love, sympathy, reason and morality – all evolutionary imperatives according to Darwin – are the hallmarks of a compassionate, civil society. Sadly, our collective reading of Darwin’s theories of human development emphasizes an almost universally accepted notion of human nature as predominantly aggressive, violent, selfish and competitive.

Complete report:

Building Emotional Intelligence: Darwin Reconsidered
by Jenni Tipper
HTML version
PDF version
(303K, 36 pages)

Vanier Institute of the Family (VIF)

More links to content from the VIF website: (on the Canadian Children's Non-Governmental Organizations page)

The Virtual Activist  A training course presented by WomensWork

Voices for Children

Volunteer Canada
Volunteer Canada is the national voice for volunteerism in Canada. Since 1977, Volunteer Canada has been committed to supporting volunteerism and civic participation through ongoing programs and special projects.
National in scope, Volunteer Canada's board members, partners and members represent hundreds of different communities across Canada. Our membership includes 86 volunteer centres in nine provinces, including the federation of 109 volunteer centres in Quebec. Managers and directors of volunteers represent a vital aspect of volunteerism in Canada and make up an important aspect of our organization's community.

The Walrus Magazine

Selected content:

The New Solitudes
Canada was once defined by the schism between English and French.
Today, our divide is increasingly ideological.
Can it be bridged?

By Erna Paris
Referring to Globe and Mail writer Lawrence Martin, author of “Harperland” (biography of Stephen Harper), Erna Paris states:

"Martin’s “march of audacities” exposes the new norms of Canadian political life, and it is no exaggeration to observe that the most egregious among his chosen examples point to bold changes that are shaking the pillars of Canada’s democracy. These include appointing an unelected party worker, Michael Fortier, to the federal cabinet to secure representation from Montreal; eliminating the Access to Information database; reducing and controlling government contact with the media; obliging cabinet ministers and public service officials to speak from scripts approved by the Prime Minister’s Office, thereby increasing the executive power of the PMO in new ways; twice proroguing the House of Commons, narrowly averting a constitutional crisis; wrongly identifying the proposed Opposition coalition as “undemocratic”; and axing financial support to dozens of NGOs whose messages run counter to conservative ideology."
"We need a renewed national conversation about proportional representation. The system isn’t complicated: the percentage of seats a party wins is proportional to the vote it receives. And it is fair: the 2008 election results would have given the Liberals and the NDP approximately thirty-five seats in Western Canada, for example, compared with the twenty-one they actually received. Elizabeth May’s Green Party would have earned five or six seats in the region. A federal parliament created by proportional representation would be a clear improvement over the juvenile shouting matches in the House of Commons, since co-operation would serve as the arbiter of success. Representing voters’ choices more equitably might even lower the anger index in the country."

March 2011 issue of The Walrus
[ The Walrus Magazine ]

Social Planning Council of Winnipeg

Check out the latest SPC releases

The Reference page offers links to recent SPC reports, including: 
- Manitoba 2000 Budget Response Campaign 2000/Social Planning Council (May 2000)
- The Manitoba 1999 Child Poverty Report Card: An Agenda for Action
  November 24, 1999 - PDF file (1019K), 36 pages 
- Child Poverty in Manitoba: 1998 Report Card
- 1999 Manitoba Provincial Election Platform Paper
- An Integrated Community Approach to Health Action (spring 1998)
- Presentation to the Minimum Wage Review Board on Manitoba's Minimum Wage (summer 1998)

Youth for Social Justice - Atlantic Canada

Association for Progressive Change (based in Brazil, office in the U.S.)


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