Report links welfare cuts and foodbank use

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 employment rates and higher wages, the number of food bank users increased dramatically from 1998 to 2004. The report makes ten recommendations to help ensure that people have adequate and appropriate food:

  • Ensure that those in need have access to income assistance.
  • Establish what people should be able to afford with income assistance.
  • Increase welfare rates immediately.
  • Increase rates annually to keep up with the cost of living.
  • Establish a fairer minimum wage and increase it annually.
  • Increase the Canada Child Tax Benefit.
  • Make child care more affordable.
  • Allow welfare recipients to pursue their education and learn skills.
  • Improve financial support and access to language training for recent immigrants and refugees.
  • Make rental housing more affordable.
More Information

Understanding the Link Between Welfare Policy and the Use of Food Banks - The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives