News - Welfare

November 3, 2006
Advocates and many others have been appalled by the abysmally low welfare rates in BC. The Raise the Rates Coalition was launched this spring by some community, faith and advocacy groups to call on...
Keywords: Disability, Organizing, Welfare, British Columbia
November 3, 2006
Ontario has increased the maximum monthly welfare cheque by 2% this month for Ontario Disability Support Program recipients and Ontario Works recipients. The Ontario Social Assistance Rate Increase (...
Keywords: Disability, Organizing, Welfare, Ontario
September 16, 2006
The Canadian Association of Social Workers has released a new report entitled The Declining Health and Well Being of Low Income Women in Canada: A Preventable Tragedy. This CASW report, the fourth in...
Keywords: Health, Welfare, All of Canada
September 4, 2006
In an August 2006 press release, National Council of Welfare press release the National Council of Welfare announced the completion of their report, Welfare Incomes 2005. It shows that, when adjusted...
Keywords: Welfare, All of Canada
July 6, 2006
The Status of Women Action Group's (SWAG) Women's Economic Justice Report documents over forty interviews held with women between September 2005 and April 2006 to discuss how women would benefit from...
Keywords: Welfare, Women, British Columbia
July 4, 2006
From the Caledon Institute comes a paper on reforming Canada's income security programs and supportive services for working-age adults, which Caledon has dubbed "adult benefits." The first part of...
Keywords: Unemployment, Welfare, All of Canada
June 10, 2006
As the cost of living in Toronto increased and the amount of income assistance available decreased, many of Ontario's poor were struggling to survive. However, through research, the Ontario Coalition...
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, Welfare, Ontario
June 7, 2006
Two new reports from the Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre, Every Woman’s Centre, Sydney and the Pictou County Women’s Centre in Nova Scotia have been released. Struggling to Survive: Women on...
Keywords: Welfare, Women, Nova Scotia
June 7, 2006
In early 2005, 15 anti-poverty groups from across BC complained to the Ombudsman about systemic unfairness at the Ministry of Employment and Income Assistance because of widespread concerns about...
Keywords: Welfare, British Columbia
May 3, 2006
The Manitoba government is giving all families who are getting Employment and Income Assistance, the full federal Universal Child Care benefit. This policy is part of several adopted by the Manitoba...
Keywords: Family, Welfare, Manitoba
May 3, 2006
The BC Government amended the Employment and Assistance Act, to include sections regarding the specific punishments for recieving more income assistance than the government gives or for recieving...
Keywords: Unemployment, Welfare, British Columbia
April 1, 2006
Denied Assistance: Closing the Front Door on Welfare in BC (69 page report in PDF), examines why the number of people receiving welfare has plummeted in the wake of changes to eligibility rules and...
Keywords: Welfare, British Columbia
April 1, 2006
On February 1, 2005, the British Columbia Public Interest Advocacy Centre (BCPIAC) wrote to the Ombudsman Office on behalf of a coalition of several non-profit community advocacy agencies situated...
Keywords: Welfare, British Columbia
April 1, 2006
A report by of the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation’s program of analysis for the Self-Sufficiency Project (SSP) sponsored by the federal Department of Human Resources and Skills...
Keywords: Education, Welfare, All of Canada
February 23, 2006
In Left Behind: A Comparison of Living Costs and Employment and Assistance Rates in BC, SPARC BC researchers assess the adequacy of income assistance rates in BC. The report clearly demonstrates...
Keywords: Welfare, British Columbia
February 8, 2006
Alberta has agreed to pay more than $100 million to settle a class-action lawsuit with disabled, poor and widowed people who were receiving financial assistance from the province. Read a CBC news...
Keywords: Alberta, Welfare
January 8, 2006
An article in The Tyee - an alternative web magazine - by Jean Swanson suggests now is the time to make welfare rates an issue. Included in the article are rationale for the necessity of higher rates...
Keywords: Welfare, All of Canada
October 2, 2005
"If Welfare Owns You, You Can't do Nothing": Life on Social Assistance in New Brunswick (in PDF). This 57 page research report by the Action Research Laboratory of the School of Social Work,...
Keywords: Welfare, New Brunswick
October 2, 2005
Recently revised, the National Council of Welfare's "Welfare Incomes 2004" (a 125 page report) is the latest annual update on welfare in each province and territory. It estimates welfare incomes for...
Keywords: Welfare, All of Canada
September 2, 2005
In the article, "Libs' Welfare-to-Jobs Program a Bust, Reveals Delayed Report," the online news site The Tyee reports, "an 11-month-old report prepared for the provincial government, quietly added to...
Keywords: Welfare, British Columbia
September 2, 2005
The BC Liberal government's reduction in the numbers of people recieving welfare do not reflect increased employment. An analysis of the record system used to keep track of those recieving welfare...
Keywords: Welfare, British Columbia
June 29, 2005
The National Council of Welfare has published a report that states that governments in Canada need to provide adequate funding to welfare programs and to end the "clawback" of child benefits to low...
Keywords: Welfare, All of Canada
June 29, 2005
The Fredericton Anti-Poverty Organization and other groups have called the Economic Unit Policy one of the worst examples of discrimination against low income people and are asking for its full...
Keywords: Organizing, Welfare, New Brunswick
May 21, 2005
Vancouver Status of Women (VSW) has completed the Second Edition of the Welfare Resource Guide for Women. This guide provides general information to women and single mothers about BC's welfare system...
Keywords: Welfare, Women, British Columbia
March 15, 2005
Statistics Canada has release the low income cutoffs (LICOs) for 2003 and low income measures (LIMs) for 2001, before and after tax. LICOs are income thresholds, determined by analysing family...
Keywords: Welfare, All of Canada
February 6, 2005
The BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre (BCPIAC), on behalf of a coalition of 15 organizations from communities across BC, has filed a systemic complaint with the Ombudsman about the Ministry of Human...
Keywords: Welfare, British Columbia
December 3, 2004
The Liberals put forward a bill whose intent is to provide financially rewards to those individuals on welfare who re-enter the work force or who try to find a job. However, it has been criticized by...
Keywords: Welfare, Québec
December 3, 2004
A web posted news story indicates leaked cabinet documents reveal that the Australian government intends to make Australia’s indigenous people a test case for a sweeping assault on the welfare system...
Keywords: Welfare, International
December 3, 2004
A World Socialist web posted news story indicates leaked cabinet documents reveal that the Australian government intends to make Australia’s indigenous people a test case for a sweeping assault on...
Keywords: Indigenous, Welfare, International
October 16, 2004
"The Ontario government ended the controversial 'spouse in the house rule,' which women's groups and welfare advocates have condemned for nine years as preventing single women on social assistance...
Keywords: Welfare, Women, Ontario
October 16, 2004
The Quebec government is cutting welfare payments to those recipents who are young, able bodied and living with their parents. The government says that the cut is a money saving measure and a way to...
Keywords: Welfare, Québec
September 3, 2004
The number of people on welfare jumped in the wake of the recession of the early 1990s, then fell sharply during the rest of the decade, according to a new study examining social assistance. StatCan'...
Keywords: Welfare, All of Canada
August 29, 2004
"The opposition to B.C.’s new welfare era and the campaign to abolish the two year welfare limits appeared to have fostered thoughtful public debate on the meaning of welfare limits, encouraged...
Keywords: Welfare, British Columbia
July 5, 2004
A result of the 2004 Provincial Budget, the Ministry of Community and Social Services announced a few details on the increase. The three per cent increase to the basic allowance and maximum shelter...
Keywords: Disability, Welfare, Ontario
July 5, 2004
A review by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives "argues that Canada has followed the United States in welfare programming, and has blended the United States model with ideology borrowed from...
Keywords: Welfare, All of Canada
July 5, 2004
The Alberta government is reviewing its disability benefits program. Many people are pressuring the government to raise the monthly assistance rate. While the government aggrees that $855 per month...
Keywords: Alberta, Disability, Welfare
July 5, 2004
Yukon's Social Assistance payments are not meeting the needs of people who live in the community. Many of those on welfare would like to work, but live in small communities with very few employment...
Keywords: Welfare, Yukon
July 5, 2004
Quebec's Liberals suggested that Landlords may have the ability to take welfare checks away from tenants who are benhind on their rent payments. Many people are horrified by this suggestion. Many...
Keywords: Tenants' Rights, Welfare, Québec
May 5, 2004
The National Council of Welfare (NCW) is a citizens' advisory body to the Minister of Human Resources Development Canada on matters of concern to low-income Canadians. A new report Income for Living...
Keywords: Welfare, All of Canada
May 3, 2004
An amendment to the Human Rights act which prohibits discrimination on the basis of a social condition, such as poverty, could impact the distribution of welfare. This amendment was put forward with...
Keywords: Human Rights, Welfare, New Brunswick