Human rights and the inadequacy of Canada's welfare system

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 important new report, Welfare Incomes, 2006 and 2007. The report states that "for the majority [of people on welfare], welfare incomes were woefully inadequate in 2006 and 2007, as they have been every year since 1986." Indeed, of 53 welfare scenarios that the Council examined, only one – for a lone parent with one child in Newfoundland and Labrador – resulted in welfare income meeting or exceeding the Low Income Cut-Off After Tax (LICO-AT), a widely used proxy for poverty lines in Canada.

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