News - Welfare

July 27, 2010
Article from about the ramification on poor people of the conservative government's getting rid of the long census form: Sam Boshra, a former analyst for Statistics Canada, puts it this way...
Keywords: Disability, Poverty Research, Welfare, All of Canada
July 22, 2010
Stephen Gaetz talks about the Alberta government's new plan to discourage people from giving money to panhandlers and give to agencies instead. He argues that "this kind of thinking represents policy...
Keywords: Alberta, Housing, Mental Health, Panhandling, Poorbashing, Welfare, All of Canada
July 15, 2010
In this article based on his address to the Congress of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences on May 29th, 2010, the former leader of the NDP summarizes the journey of...
Keywords: Government Policy, Human Rights, Poverty Research, Welfare, All of Canada
June 29, 2010
Lawyers from BCPIAC are challenging the BC Ministry of Housing and Social Development (MHSD) on their small claims cases against welfare recipients. BCPIAC says that the claims that they have looked...
Keywords: Government Policy, Welfare, British Columbia
May 25, 2010
The province is suing three hundred people in small claims court for overpayment of welfare. Many of the claimants are still on social assistance and critics say that the court cases will cost more...
Keywords: Welfare, British Columbia
May 13, 2010
The BC Ministry of Housing and Social Development has released a report explaining the decline in the Persons with Persistent Multiple Barriers caseload. The Ministry claims that the caseload...
Keywords: Disability, Welfare, British Columbia
April 7, 2010
(Link removed June 2011 - No longer exists)
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, Welfare, Ontario
March 31, 2010
The BC Liberals are cutting dental support, medical diagnostic equipment, and birth control for the disabled and those on welfare. The $75 monthly Shelter Allowance for people who don’t pay rent will...
Keywords: Disability, Government Policy, Health, Homelessness, Welfare, British Columbia
March 29, 2010
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, Welfare, Ontario
March 29, 2010
As of June 1, 2010, people with outstanding indictable warrants and arrest warrants under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, are not eligible to receive welfare. A similar regulation was...
Keywords: Government Policy, Welfare, British Columbia
March 25, 2010
Keywords: Disability, Foodbanks and Food, Welfare, Ontario
February 2, 2010
Independent government tribunal had budget cut as appeals rose 46 per cent.
Keywords: Welfare, British Columbia
December 3, 2009
Some news from the Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC): First, the 25in5 Network for Poverty Reduction, of which ISAC is a partner, has released its accountability report on the first year of the...
Keywords: Government Policy, Welfare, Ontario
May 22, 2009
The latest report from the BC Ministry of Housing and Social Development shows that the number of people on welfare who are able and expected to work has increased by 50% over the last year. The...
Keywords: Government Policy, Welfare, British Columbia
May 19, 2009
CCPA has released a report that links increased food bank use to government welfare cuts throughout the 1990s. The report finds that although most provinces in Canada were experiencing high...
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, Welfare, Ontario
April 13, 2009
An article in the Tyee investigates the BC Ombudsman's welfare recommendations and how the BC Liberal's have created a broken welfare system that has affected individuals and communities across BC....
Keywords: Government Policy, Welfare, British Columbia
March 23, 2009
In 2005, BCPIAC filed a complaint with the BC Ombudsman because of widespread concerns about unfair practices experienced by poor people who need assistance from the ministry. Today the the BC...
Keywords: Government Policy, Welfare, British Columbia
December 10, 2008
Today on the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights the National Council of Welfare (an advisory body to the Minister of Human Resources and Social Development) released an...
Keywords: Human Rights, Poverty Research, Welfare, All of Canada, International
November 4, 2008
A promised two percent raise in welfare rates in Ontario will kick in for December cheques but according to an article in The Star this will boost payments to a level recommended in 1988. The two...
Keywords: Welfare, Ontario
July 22, 2008
The Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group has published a report, The Rise and Fall of Welfare Time Limits in BC (in PDF), which offers an inside look at what was going on within the...
Keywords: Government Policy, Welfare, British Columbia
May 1, 2008
A story in the Tyee, "A Welfare 'Savings' Boomerang" claims that two recent studies have shown that the BC Liberal's cuts to welfare in 2002 have drastically increased housing and health care costs,...
Keywords: Welfare, British Columbia
April 23, 2008
For two years, researchers from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and Raise the Rates Coalition followed BC residents living on welfare. The study, Living on Welfare in BC: Experiences of...
Keywords: Welfare, British Columbia
January 2, 2008
The Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women has a new fact sheet, Women’s experiences of social programs for people with low incomes (in PDF). This fact sheet weaves together the...
Keywords: Ethnicity and Race, Indigenous, Welfare, Women, All of Canada
December 10, 2007
According to a press release put out by the Yukon Health and Social Services ("Proposed Social Assistance Reforms Announced,") the ministry has reviewed social assistance rates and programs and has...
Keywords: Welfare, Yukon
November 29, 2007
Raise the Rates Coalition has a postcard campaign to urge Premier Gordon Campbell to raise welfare rates, remove barriers to welfare, increase the minimum wage, and build affordable housing. To order...
Keywords: Homelessness, Welfare, British Columbia
November 14, 2007
A story on, "'Welfare to Work' Didn't Work," claims that the BC government waited eight months to release a report that contradicts the government's claim that they have been able to move...
Keywords: Welfare, British Columbia
November 14, 2007
As of September 1st, the Government of the Northwest Territories structural and philosophical changes to their income assistance program, including changing their philosophy from one of "last resort...
Keywords: Welfare, Northwest Territories
October 23, 2007
The C.D. Howe Institute has released a report, Reducing Poverty: What has Worked, and What Should Come Next (in PDF) that claims that policies that target employment for the poor, along with improved...
Keywords: Welfare, All of Canada
October 15, 2007
Shelagh Day and Gwen Brodsky have authored a study entitled: Women and the Canada Social Transfer: Securing the Social Union (in PDF). The report explains how social assistance and legal aid have...
Keywords: Legal Aid, Welfare, Women, All of Canada
July 13, 2007
Go to Ontario Disability Support Program for information and links on how to apply for the program.
Keywords: Disability, Welfare, Ontario
July 11, 2007
BC Ministry of Employment and Income Assistance - This is the BC government's site for welfare. It has information on how to apply, how much you are eligible for, what you need to apply, and other...
Keywords: Welfare, British Columbia
April 20, 2007
Manitoba has announced a four year program called "Rewarding Work" for welfare recipients. Read more in the CBC article, "Manitoba initiatives aim to break down 'welfare wall'" and in the Manitoba...
Keywords: Disability, Welfare, Manitoba
March 26, 2007
The Community Advocates Network in Halifax has put together a mini manual for people navigating the income assistance program called Social Assistance and You (in PDF). You can download chapters of...
Keywords: Disability, Welfare, Nova Scotia
March 26, 2007
The Ontario government promised that the 2007 Ontario Budget would tackle child poverty. This budget introduces the new Ontario Child Benefit which is suppose to help Ontario families with lower...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Family, Welfare, Ontario
March 8, 2007
Alert PEI, an anti-poverty coalition is asking the government to increase welfare to at least the poverty line. In some cases this is an increase of almost 100%. A single employable person receives $...
Keywords: Welfare, Prince Edward Island
February 25, 2007
The BC Government announced the first increase in welfare rates in 12 years. The ministry Increase to Income Assistant Rates Fact Sheet says the rate increase will take effect on client's March 28th...
Keywords: Welfare, British Columbia
February 17, 2007
The National Council of Welfare has released their report, Solving Poverty: Four cornerstones of a workable national strategy for Canada (in PDF). Solving Poverty’s four cornerstones focus on:...
Keywords: Welfare, All of Canada
January 7, 2007
A little over a year ago the Ontario McGuinty Government cut the Special Diet Policy under which huge numbers of people on welfare were able to obtain a little more money for food each month....
Keywords: Disability, Foodbanks and Food, Welfare, Ontario
November 15, 2006
The Nova Scotia government has announced that 50 individuals a year will be able to receive welfare while attending post secondary education. The program will fund any gaps between an individual's...
Keywords: Education, Welfare, Nova Scotia
November 8, 2006
The Hands Off Campaign has been working to stop the clawback of child benefits for those on social assistance. In Ontario, the provincial government clawbacks the majority of the federal tax benefit...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Organizing, Welfare, Ontario