Welfare-to-work Programs Cause for Concern

Provincial and territorial welfare-to-work program reforms in the 1990s have resulted in uneven program benefits across the country and they appear to be leaving some recipients worse off, according to Welfare-to-Work Programs: A Discussion Paper released in 1998 by the Canadian Council on Social Development (CCSD).

"Welfare programs should be designed to ensure that recipients are able to participate in society. As well as raising people's economic productivity, they should have social goals such as supporting child and family development. People on welfare should not end up being poorer than before as a result of participating in welfare-to-work programs," says Susan Carter, CCSD Associate Director. A summary of this paper is available online or the full publication can be ordered from the CCSD website for $10.