News - Welfare

May 1, 2004
"A new initiative, Alberta Works, will build on Alberta's success at helping unemployed people find, train for and keep jobs. It will support people when they move into the workforce, help families...
Keywords: Alberta, Unemployment, Welfare
April 3, 2004
In what it calls a revolution in the way it deals with poverty, the Quebec government will start offering cash incentives rather than coercion to get welfare recipients into the work force. The...
Keywords: Welfare, Québec
March 17, 2004
A new report Don't We Count as People? Saskatchewan Social Welfare Policy And Women's Health for the Prairie Women’s Health Centre of Excellence (PWHCE) is based on discussions with 43 women living...
Keywords: Welfare, Women, Saskatchewan
February 13, 2004
An announcement by the Ministry of Human Resources that a new clause to include "people who have an employment plan, are complying with their plan, are actively looking for work, but have not been...
Keywords: Welfare, British Columbia
February 13, 2004
More than 125 organizations are calling on B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell to totally rescind the two-year time limits on welfare benefits. The organizations are also asking Prime Minister Paul Martin...
Keywords: Organizing, Welfare, British Columbia
February 1, 2004
What are the implications of the Supreme Court of Canada in decision in Gosselin, for future anti-poverty litigation? In an upcoming issue of Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, a case comment by...
Keywords: Welfare, Québec
January 13, 2004
West Coast LEAF, the Poverty and Human Rights Project and the Community Legal Assistance Society are concerned about the impact on single mothers of recent cuts to welfare rates and tightened...
Keywords: Human Rights, Welfare, British Columbia
January 11, 2004
The Ontario Liberal Government is a ending the life time ban on income assistance as a punishment for welfare fraud. This ban had been put in place by the Conservative government and had not been...
Keywords: Welfare, Ontario
January 5, 2004
Manitoba will stop clawing back the National Child Benefit Supplement from individuals on social assistance. The changes, including details of improvements in basic income assistance rates, were...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Family, Welfare, Manitoba
January 5, 2004
While many diverse views were represented, all agreed that the current welfare system fails to offer low-income Canadians dignity and the means necessary to have an acceptable quality of life, and...
Keywords: Welfare, All of Canada
November 23, 2003
As the 2 year assistance limit comes closer the BC government has announced Ministry of Human Resources (now the Ministry of Employment and Income Assistance) office closures. See a current list of...
Keywords: Welfare, British Columbia
October 19, 2003
On April 1, 2004, the Government of British Columbia will begin to cut recipients off welfare if they have been on it for 24 months. Many vulnerable people will not be able to provide food, clothing...
Keywords: Organizing, Welfare, British Columbia
August 29, 2003
Ottawa's Minister for Human Resources says that the North West Territories (NWT) are redirecting the child benefit bonus in such a way as it deprives poverty stricken people of money they deserve....
Keywords: Welfare, Northwest Territories
July 20, 2003
Effective July 1, 2003, the British Columbia Ministry of Human Resources extended exemptions to primary caregivers of children with disabilities. Exemption changes include rules regarding vehicle...
Keywords: Welfare, British Columbia
July 20, 2003
The Edmonton Social Planning Council (ESPC), in cooperation with four other organizations, is asking people to provide feedback to the Alberta government on the regulations for the new Income and...
Keywords: Alberta, Government Policy, Welfare
July 20, 2003
Documents accessed by the CBC through the Freedom of Information Act show that BC's government was warned by experienced bureaucrats that the government's changes to the administration of welfare...
Keywords: Welfare, British Columbia
June 11, 2003
"The Canadian Social Welfare Policy Conference is a bilingual national event that has been held biennially since 1982 at different universities in Canada. The purpose of the conference is to advance...
Keywords: Organizing, Welfare, All of Canada
June 11, 2003
A Bad Time to be Poor: An analysis of British Columbia's new welfare policies (in PDF). The report is the first comprehensive review of the full package of policy changes to the welfare system in BC...
Keywords: Welfare, British Columbia
April 28, 2003
PEI's new Provincial Budget has increased spending in welfare benefits and disability benefits. This is the link to PEI's budget document - page 6 tells of the increases.
Keywords: Disability, Welfare, Prince Edward Island
April 26, 2003
Though slightly dated, the material in the submission and related documents in a British Columbia appeal to the Ministry of Human Resources on their decision on whether a relationship reached the...
Keywords: Disability, Welfare, British Columbia
April 23, 2003
In Charlottetown, PEI, an anti-poverty group says the recent provincial budget was a huge disappointment. Social assistance cheques will increase by three per cent but Ken Bingham, spokesperson for...
Keywords: Welfare, Prince Edward Island
March 10, 2003
It is recommended that a person receiving income assistance have someone attend ministry appointments with them. This quick guide has some very good tips on the dos and don'ts for a witness. The...
Keywords: Welfare, British Columbia
March 5, 2003
The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) has issued its Concluding Comments on Canada. It has singled out B.C. for criticism because of the negative...
Keywords: Welfare, Women, British Columbia
January 17, 2003
In 2001 Louise Gosselin challenged a cut to the welfare rate in Quebec for "employable" persons between the ages of 18 and 30 from $470 a month to $170 a month. The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Welfare, All of Canada
January 17, 2003
A Coroners Inquest into the death of Kimberly Rogers has concluded. Ms. Rogers was found dead August 2001 in an apartment where she had been serving a six-month conditional sentence for welfare fraud...
Keywords: Welfare, Ontario
January 2, 2003
December 19, 2002 Ottawa For Immediate Release Human Rights and housing groups see positive signs in Supreme Court poverty decision (Gosselin) The Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation and the...
Keywords: Welfare, Ontario
November 29, 2002
The Fraser Institute's October publication Welfare Reform in British Columbia: A Report Card gives the government grades on new policies and compares the successes to US policies. The press release...
Keywords: Welfare, British Columbia
October 6, 2002
As of September 30, 2002, the Employment and Assistance Act and the Employment Assistance Act for Persons with Disabilities Act take effect in British Columbia. The BC Employment Assistance Manual...
Keywords: Disability, Welfare, British Columbia
October 6, 2002
A study that finds that some HIV/AIDS patients admitted to St. Paul s Hospital check themselves out early before their treatment is completed, in order to avoid a reduction in their welfare benefits...
Keywords: Health, Welfare, All of Canada
August 31, 2002
Thousands of poor families and children have to make due with far less money since the Campbell Liberals took power in British Columbia. A report released last month by End Legislated Poverty studied...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Welfare, British Columbia
June 29, 2002
A judge has ordered the Ontario government to stop deducting benefits from a spouse and children of two people convicted of welfare fraud as a means of recouping the money it lost. The province's...
Keywords: Welfare, Ontario
June 8, 2002
The Ontario Divisional Court has found that the provincial government's regulation defining "spouse" in welfare law discriminates against sole support parents on social assistance. Four women had...
Keywords: Welfare, Women, Ontario
June 8, 2002
The B.C. Ministry of Employment and Income Assistance website has some information on the new Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal established under the recently passed Employment and Assistance...
Keywords: Welfare, British Columbia
May 17, 2002
On April 15, 2002, the government of British Columbia introduced two bills that amend welfare legislation in B.C.: Bill 26, the Employment and Assistance Act which will repeal and replace the BC...
Keywords: Welfare, British Columbia
May 17, 2002
The court dismissed the government's appeal of an Ontario divisional court ruling in June, 2000, and affirmed that the "spouse in the house" rule is discriminatory. Ontario Courts website have the...
Keywords: Welfare, Women, Ontario
May 17, 2002
The National Council of Welfare's (NCW) March report on welfare Incomes (in HTML) (the 2002 NCW's report can also be downloaded in PDF) found that welfare incomes were still well below the poverty...
Keywords: Welfare, All of Canada
January 18, 2002
A report released December 6 by the Social Planning and Research Council of BC (SPARC BC) shows conclusively that income assistance (welfare) rates in BC are not sufficient to meet recipients’ needs...
Keywords: Welfare, British Columbia
October 5, 2001
Update: Court date for the challenge was heard October 29, 2001. Updates on The Charter Committee on Poverty Issues (CCPI) Gosselin case as well as the facta of CCPI and the Attorney General of...
Keywords: Human Rights, Welfare, Québec
October 5, 2001
October 1, 2001 marked the day the Ontario government began a controversial plan of mandatory literacy testing for welfare recipients. In a press release the Community and Social Services Critic is...
Keywords: Poorbashing, Welfare, Ontario
August 20, 2001
Under a new welfare program that took effect August 1, 2001, new welfare recipients sentenced to more than 30 days house arrest will lose their benefits (specified in section 15(2) of the new welfare...
Keywords: Welfare, Nova Scotia