Income Support Programs

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Changes to OAS will hurt low-income seniors

Piggy bank and a calculatorBy now most Canadians have heard about the changes to seniors’ benefits announced by the federal government in Budget 2012. Beginning in 2023, the age of eligibility for Old Age Security (OAS) and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) top-up will be increased from 65 to 67. As a result, seniors will have to work longer, draw from whatever savings they might have, hope for family support, or rely on provincial social assistance programs to get by.

Of course, these changes won’t be a problem for middle and upper-income seniors, those fortunate enough to have good pensions and healthy saving accounts. It will hurt the low-income Canadians who need income supports the most. Read more about Changes to OAS will hurt low-income seniors

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Affordable Housing: a Key to Sustainable Recovery

A house keyTo achieve a sustainable economic recovery in Canada, all Canadians need an affordable place to call home. Canada’s serious housing problem is cause to reconsider priorities for the next federal budget. Included in this budget are plans to cut corporate taxes. CPJ’s recommendation: hold the corporate tax cuts and direct funds toward affordable housing. Read more about Affordable Housing: a Key to Sustainable Recovery

Building a Sustainable Recovery for All Canadians: 2011 pre-budget submission

Submission to the Standing Committee on Finance Pre-Budget Consultations
August 2011
Too many Canadians are still waiting to experience recovery and risk being permanently left behind. CPJ believes that the best way of achieving a sustainable economic recovery is to ensure that all Canadians are able to participate in the economy.  Read more about Building a Sustainable Recovery for All Canadians: 2011 pre-budget submission
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Still Waiting for Recovery: A Look at the Recession's Impact on Social Assistance

We know that the recession significantly increased Canada’s poverty levels. But do Canada’s poor now risk being permanently left behind? In this series of blog posts, we’ll explore the economic indicators, updating the research in CPJ’s 2010 report on the recession, Bearing the Brunt. Check back over the next few weeks for new blog posts on each indicator! Read more about Still Waiting for Recovery: A Look at the Recession's Impact on Social Assistance

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Still Waiting for Recovery: A Look at the Recession's Impact on Employment Insurance

We know that the recession significantly increased Canada’s poverty levels. But do Canada’s poor now risk being permanently left behind? In this series of blog posts, we’ll explore the economic indicators, updating the research in CPJ’s 2010 report on the recession, Bearing the Brunt. Check back over the next few weeks for new blog posts on each indicator!

When someone loses their job, they need an alternative source of income. Employment Insurance is supposed to be that program for Canadians. Unfortunately, as CPJ’s report Bearing the Brunt showed, EI was totally inadequate in responding to the recession in 2008-2009 – at the recession’s peak, only half of all unemployed Canadians were receiving EI benefits. Since then, things haven’t gotten much better.

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Still Waiting for Recovery: A Look at the Recession's Impact on Unemployment

The recession of 2008-2009 hit fast and furiously, with a steep decline in Gross Domestic Product and employment. Since then, both indicators have recovered well, leading some to trumpet Canada’s quick recovery from the recession. But other indicators, such as social assistance caseloads, have not seen the same strong recovery. And still other indicators, while on their way back to pre-recession levels, still reveal worrisome trends.

We know that the recession significantly increased Canada’s poverty levels. But do Canada’s poor now risk being permanently left behind? In this series of blog posts, we’ll explore the economic indicators, updating the research in CPJ’s 2010 report on the recession, Bearing the Brunt. Check back over the next few weeks for new blog posts on each indicator!

We begin today by looking at unemployment. Read more about Still Waiting for Recovery: A Look at the Recession's Impact on Unemployment

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French presidential candidate proposes citizen's income

The Basic Income Earth Network Newsflash arrived in my mailbox this morning, and I was surprised to learn that one of the candidates pursuing the French presidency in the 2012 election is basing his campaign on a citizen’s income, also known as a Guaranteed Livable Income. And not just any candidate: former prime minister Dominique de Villepin, best known for his opposition to the Iraq war as France’s Foreign Minister in 2003.

I went to school in France for a year and a half and witnessed a historic presidential campaign up close, and I have retained a fascination with French politics ever since. The French political system is quite different than the Canadian system, with an elected President who selects the Prime Minister who may or may not be elected him/herself. Read more about French presidential candidate proposes citizen's income

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