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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
September 19, 2016

Welcome to the weekly Canadian Social Research Newsletter,
a listing of the new links added to the Canadian Social Research Links website in the past week.

The e-mail version of this week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 2842 subscribers.
Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes and a disclaimer.


1. Ontario Works (OW) and Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) Rates and the Ontario Child Benefit – 2016
2. Media & Policy News for 16 September 2016
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
3. Canada’s National Housing Strategy Consultations: This is the Position of the Calgary Homeless Foundation on the National Housing Strategy - September 7
4. Let’s break the cycle of endless studies and consultations
- September 12 (Toronto Star)
5. Ontario Throne Speech Announced for September 12, 2016
- September 8 (Ontario Government News)
6. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]
7. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit
8. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
9. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

Have a great week!

Gilles Séguin

Canadian Social Research Links


1. Ontario Works (OW) and Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) Rates
and the Ontario Child Benefit – 2016
(By Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

Ontario Works (OW) and Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) Rates
and the Ontario Child Benefit – 2016
September 12, 2016
The provincial government increased Ontario Works (OW) and Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) rates in the 2016 Ontario Budget. As in past years, we’ve created a rates sheet to give people an idea of what these increases really mean.

Our new rates sheet shows the new Basic Needs and Shelter rates, as well as the Ontario Child Benefit amounts, for different family types. We include the Ontario Child Benefit because it’s an important part of the total incomes of people on OW and ODSP who have children.
The rates sheet also explains the details of these increases, like how they’re being applied and to whom, and talks about increases being made to other benefits available inside OW and ODSP.
The increases come into effect on the September 30 OW and ODSP cheques.

Rates sheet (English version):

Ontario Works (OW) and Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) Rates
and the Ontario Child Benefit – 2016
(Microsoft Word)

Fiche des barèmes (Version française):

Hausses des barèmes d’Ontario au travail (OT) et du Programme ontarien de soutien aux personnes handicapées (POSPH) et de la POE à compter
du 30 sept. 2016
(fichier Microsoft Word)


- Go to the Ontario Government Links page:

- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (D-N) page:

- Go to the Key Provincial/Territorial Welfare Links page:

2. Media & Policy News for 16 September 2016
(By Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

From Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:
[ ]

Latest Media & Policy News: 16 September 2016

Click the link above to access any of the articles below.

Top Stories

Policy Options: Ontario social assistance doesn’t meet basic human needs
It’s time to Fix the Gap
NDP MPP tables social assistance bill again
MPPs sort food to raise awareness of hunger in Ontario
Op-Ed: Government should increase social assistance rates now
Ontario Throne Speech – government announcement:
----- Throne Speech gets mixed reviews
----- Ontario parents welcome new focus on daycare
----- Analysis from Sheila Block: Heat over hydro dominates Ontario throne speech
----- Wynne announces 8% HST cut from hydro bills in throne speech
----- High Ontario hydro rates targeted in Hamilton protest September 28
----- Cohn: Ontario Liberals profiting from the politics of hydro tax cuts
----- Backgrounder: Electricity rate relief for Ontario consumers
----- Backgrounder: Existing programs to reduce electricity costs for consumers and businesses
----- Release: Ontario introducing measures to reduce electricity costs
----- Hydro offset not enough to help struggling families
----- Lorinc: Housing affordability, not hydro bills, is what’s really hurting Ontario
----- Star Editorial: Ontario offers some good news and some good politics
----- Hydro rebate criticized for doing little to stem cost of electricity
----- Most rural Ontario hydro customers to see new increases, despite rebate
Province makes accessing ODSP easier for adults and kids with developmental disabilities
Government release
Canada: Foreign farm workers demand permanent status
----- Ottawa urged to grant permanent status to migrant workers upon arrival
----- The murky world of the agencies that recruit temporary foreign workers
----- How the temporary foreign worker program is shaping Canada’s underground economy
----- It’s time to stop abuse of temporary farm workers
----- Infographic: The high cost of a job in Canada: http
WSIB policy pushes hurt workers into humiliating jobs and unemployment
Behind the Numbers: New child benefit is good, not great
Alberta makes $15 minimum wage regulations official
No longer homeless: How Buddy and Maureen went from sleeping in a field to a new apartment
Canadian Human Rights Tribunal issues second Compliance Order against government of Canada on First Nations child welfare
Destabilizing tenancy rights is not the solution to Ontario’s housing shortage
How can people afford this? James Bay communities struggle to eat healthy
Minister Duclos: A social policy theorist faces the trade-off between what’s possible and what’s ideal


Government release: Ontario establishes portable housing benefit pilot program to help survivors of domestic violence
List of participating communities
It’s now easier for tenants in abusive relationships to break leases in Ontario
Fleeing faster: New Ontario provision allows domestic and sexual abuse victims to break rentals early
Changes to Residential Tenancy Act for survivors of sexual and domestic violence
Ministry of Labour: Minimum Wage increase as of October 1
Government release: Full-day kindergarten reaches more than one million students
Government release: Ontario adds 10,500 jobs in August
Underfunding brings isolation for people with developmental disabilities

Reports, Events, Campaigns and Other Good Things

New social assistance rates start September 30 – here’s ISAC’s rates sheet to explain
Action Alert: October 1 $15 and Fairness event at Queen’s Park
Ten things to know about Canada’s national housing strategy consultations
Homeless Hub: Newsletter this week
Research Paper: The very poor and the affordability of housing
Calgary Homelessness Foundation: National Housing Strategy Brief
Report shows raising GIS earnings exemption would help most low-income seniors
Guelph& Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination event: Can a Basic Income Guarantee eliminate poverty?
EI Commission announces 2017 premium rate and maximum insurable earnings

Around the Province

$10 bag of potatoes: Northern Ontario aboriginals spend more than half of income on food
Carleton researchers say City of Ottawa is balancing its books on the backs of the poor
Appeal Court rules City of Toronto failed vulnerable tenants
The hidden pockets in Toronto where gentrification is really happening
Toronto’s problem? Our public sector is poor while our private sector is booming

Across the Country

Yukon’s social assistance policy keeps women in abusive relationships
Cape Breton Regional Municipality mayoral candidate points finger at child poverty
Minimum wage families in Manitoba further in poverty under Pallister government
Syrian refugees in Moose Jaw give back by helping with the harvest at a community food farm
Editor’s column: BC’s assistance rates shows our own disability
Op-Ed: BC government should craft poverty reduction strategy
BC employment programs for people with disabilities going unused
Success of BC’s “welfare to work” policies vastly exaggerated
Negative reaction to BC Liberals’ disability bus pass increase
Small minimum-wage increase is a reason to talk about a BC poverty reduction strategy


IMF head Christine Lagarde says Canada should boost growth by helping women in the labour market
CPP changes do little to ensure appropriate income for future retirees
Canadian pensions rank among the top global plans
Solitary confinement can be deadly for mentally ill inmates
Canadian cities help undocumented migrants as Ottawa deports them
StatsCan to tally number of contract, part-time professors
Angus Reid: Two-in-three Canadians approve of PM Justin Trudeau


Why thousands of people signed petitions to investigate Apple’s tax strategies
Could Europe’s tax fight with Apple affect other businesses?
Shed a tear for poor, put-upon Apple
Poverty among the elderly in Germany skyrockets
Hipsters and artists are the gentrifying foot soldiers of UK capitalism
In Scotland, jails are now the “last resort” of the welfare state
UK austerity is officially causing a mental health crisis
Big study into UK food poverty
Clegg: Osborne casually cut welfare for poorest to boost Tory popularity
UK’s Theresa May rules out more raids on welfare budget
Disability activists block Westminster Bridge in London
Brooklyn’s food gap
Americans are eager for tax reform: survey
The Universal Basic Income: Innovative social welfare reform or Satanic plot?

Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre
[ ]


All of our mailings back to 2012 online:

Check the ISAC Media and Policy News archive:
(Back to August 2012, does not include a table of contents for each issue)

Check Gilles' expanded Media and Policy News archive:
(Back to April 2012, includes a table of contents for each issue)

Subscribe to ISAC's Latest Media and Policy News mailing list:

Subscribe to the main ISAC E-List (to receive info on ISAC's law reform work, the social assistance review, and other OW / ODSP -related information):


- Go to the Income Security Advocacy Centre Media Scan page:

3. Canada’s National Housing Strategy Consultations : Our Position on the National Housing Strategy - September 7
(Calgary Homeless Foundation)

Canada’s National Housing Strategy Consultations:
Our Position on the National Housing Strategy
By Nick Falvo, Ph.D, Director, Research and Data, Calgary Homeless Foundation
September 7, 2016
Canada’s federal government has begun national consultations on the development of a “national housing strategy.” The government is expected to release a report on November 22, which is also National Housing Day [ ]. The consultation web site is called “Let’s Talk Housing.” [ ] It includes the consultation’s stated vision, principles, themes, intended outcomes and key dates.

NOTE: Recommended reading --- includes at least two dozen links to online resources!
(Click the link above to access the links that are embedded in the text.)

Here are 10 things to know:

1. In Canada, social expenditure by government—measured as a percentage of GDP—is considerably less than the OECD average.
2. Canada has considerably less social housing per capita than most OECD countries.
3. Historically, when Canada’s federal government has led on social housing, provinces and territories have followed with spending of their own.
4. Every year, Canada’s non-profit housing sector as a whole gets less money than the year prior to operate existing units of social housing.
5. It’s become common for senior levels of government to express public support for housing first; sometimes this talk is accompanied by funding support, sometimes it isn’t.
6. Very little rental housing has been built in Canada in the past three decades; this wasn’t the case in prior decades.
7. On a per capita basis, Alberta has approximately half the number of rental housing units as the rest of Canada.
8. Relative to the rest of Canada, Alberta has very few subsidized housing units
9. Any national housing strategy should prioritize the housing needs of First Nations, Inuit and Métis persons.
10. The Calgary Homeless Foundation ( ) has submitted its own brief as part of the national consultation.


- Go to the Alberta Links page:

- Go to the Homelessness and Housing Links page:

4. Let’s break the cycle of endless studies and consultations - September 12
(Toronto Star)

Let’s break the cycle of endless studies and consultations
By Mike Balkwill, provincial organizer with the Put Food in the Budget campaign ( ).

The Ontario Liberal government needs to act immediately by raising social assistance rates to levels that let people pay their rent and still live in health and dignity. (...) Almost a decade of empty discussions about “poverty reduction” has shown that consultation is a diversionary tactic to avoid tackling poverty.
In June 2016, the Ontario government announced two more policy development and consultation processes:
• An Income Security Reform Working Group to make recommendations in June 2017 that would be the basis of further consultation.
• A Basic Income Pilot Project to be the basis of consultation in the coming fall and winter, with a proposed start in June 2017.

Toronto Star


- Go to the Ontario Government Links page:

5. Ontario Throne Speech Announced for September 12, 2016 - September 8
Ontario Government News)

Ontario Throne Speech Announced for September 12, 2016 :
All Government Bills to be Reintroduced This Fall
September 8, 2016

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced today that the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, accepted the Premier's advice to prorogue the legislature as of 12 p.m. today. The Lieutenant Governor will deliver a Speech from the Throne outlining the government's plans for the new session when the legislature convenes on September 12, 2016.

Premier Wynne said the government will reintroduce, this fall, all government bills that were before the legislature prior to prorogation, so that debate on them can continue.

Ontario Government News

Related link:

Summoning and proroguing the Ontario legislature

Related link:

Ontario throne speech promises electricity bill rebates
Provincial government also promises to create 100,000 child-care spaces

CBC News
Posted: September 12, 2016


- Go to the Ontario Government Links page:

6. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]

Statistics Canada

What's new from The Daily:

Past issues of The Daily
Select day / month / year to access issues of The Daily going back to 1995.

StatCan Blog
The goal of the StatCan Blog is to pull back the curtain to explain some of the agency’s inner workings, and to show the links between quality statistics and the lives of Canadians.

The Daily
[Statistics Canada ]


- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page:

7. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

What's new from the
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU):

September 19, 2016
What's new online this week:

Speech from the Throne: A balanced plan to build Ontario up for everyone
14 Sep 2016 | Ontario
New Speech from the Throne in Ontario states plans to increase access to child care for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers over the next five years by adding 100,000 more licensed spots in schools, workplaces and community settings. The speech outlines between $1 billion and $3 billion in new capital spending and $600 million to $750 million in annual operating costs by 2021.

Longitudinal research and early years policy development in the UK
14 Sep 2016 | Europe
Recent article discusses how research evidence has contributed to substantial early childhood education and care policy change in the last two decades in the UK.The author notes that the national evaluation of Sure Start and the effective provision of pre-school education projects were important factors in policy change and discusses how the interplay of this research and policy occurred.

Using state early care and education workforce registry data to inform training-related questions: Issues to consider
14 Sep 2016 | United States
New article considers the training requirements of the child care workforce and the use of registries to track such training. It shares results of research on the training focus variables used across these registries and the extent to which such variables are comparable. Results of the study suggest that aggregate registry data have the potential to address questions related to the focus of the training in which the child care workforce participates.

Return of the nanny: Public policy towards in-home childcare in the UK, Canada and Australia

14 Sep 2016 | International
Recent article examines the position of in-home childcare in Australia, the UK and Canada and the varied nature and extent of public funding and regulation in this work. It also explores how shifts in migration policy in each country have intersected with ECEC funding and regulation to reshape the recruitment and employment of in-home child carers.

Early Learning and Child Care Service Plan 2016 - 2020
7 Sep 2016 | Ontario
The Region of Waterloo Children’s Services has released a new road map to be used to guide early learning services and licensed child care over the next four years. The service plan consolidates feedback from parents as well as child care operators and community partners involved in the delivery of child care services in the region. Actions include improving access to affordable, high quality licensed child care services and capacity building to support inclusion of all children in high-quality programs.

MORE research, policy & practice

2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad

Trump’s child care plan only works if you're rich
14 Sep 2016 | United States

Ontario parents welcome new focus on daycare
14 Sep 2016 | Ontario

Child-care crunch prompts survey of Manitoba parents with kids in daycare
14 Sep 2016 | Manitoba

A social policy theorist faces the trade-off between what's possible and what's ideal
14 Sep 2016 | Canada

Hillary Clinton’s preschool revolution?
14 Sep 2016 | United States

MORE child care in the news


- Go to the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page:

8. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
(Institute for Research on Poverty - University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Poverty Dispatch (U.S.)
The Poverty Dispatch is a daily scan of U.S. web-based news items dealing with topics such as poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, etc.. The Dispatch is distributed by the Institute for Research on Poverty, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. News articles from online newspapers are tagged with more specific keywords relevant to each article.

Click the link above, then (on the next page) select a date on the calendar to see media items for that date.

- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research Links page:

- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (A-J) Links page:

- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (M-Z) Links page:

- Go to the Welfare in Canada vs the U.S. Links page:

9. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)
CRIN is a global children’s rights advocacy network. Established in 1995, we press for rights - not charity - and campaign for a genuine shift in how governments and societies view and treat children. We link to nearly 3,000 organisations that between them work on children’s rights in every country in the world and rely on our publications, research and information sharing.

Our Vision
CRIN envisions a world in which every child enjoys all their human rights guaranteed by the United Nations, regional organisations and national governments.


Latest issue of CRINMAIL:

7 September 2016 - CRINmail issue 1496
In this issue:
New report from the UN Special Rapporteur on Toxics, focusing on children's rights
Latest news and reports
- Juvenile justice
- Exploitation and abuse
- Racism and discrimination
- Gender and sexuality
Upcoming events
Also in this issue:
World news
- Challenging violations
- Take action
- Campaigns


NOTE: To see a large collection of issues of CRINMAIL going back to 2011,
click the link below to the period you wish to examine:

Gilles' CRINMAIL Archive I (2014-2015- 2016)
- includes a table of contents for each issue in 2014 and 2015, as per the above latest issue..

Gilles' CRINMAIL Archive II (2011-2013)
- includes a table of contents for each issue of the newsletter for 2011, 2012 and 2013

CRINMAIL Archive (from the CRIN website)
- incl. links to the complete collection of CRINMAIL newsletters right back to #1 in July 2006
BUT there's no table of contents, so you must click each link to see the content of each issue.


Subscribe to CRINMAIL English
NOTE : In addition to CRINmail English, you can subscribe to the following newsletters:
* Armed Conflict CRINmail
* Child Rights at the United Nations
* Children in Court CRINmail
* CRINmail Francais
* CRINmail in Arabic
* CRINmail in Russian
* Violence CRINmail


CRIN News Archive


CRIN Country Pages : CANADA


Children's rights Wiki - from CRIN
The Children's Rights Wiki assembles all information about children's rights in every country in one place. The purpose of the project is to make the huge volume of information that exists on children's rights more accessible, assist children's rights advocates in identifying persistent violations, and inspire collective action. This is a web-based, multi-lingual and interactive project.


Canada and Children's Rights
- from the Children's Rights Wiki


- Go to the Children's Rights Links page: