Media release

Release of latest social assistance data from across Canada

Published on 24/04/2018

Today, Maytree is releasing the latest update to Social Assistance Summaries, a resource that shows the number of social assistance recipients across Canada and how that has changed over time. This update includes 2017 data provided by provincial and territorial government officials alongside a brief description of the social assistance programs in each jurisdiction.

Social Assistance Summaries was established by the Caledon Institute of Social Policy to maintain data previously published in the Social Assistance Statistical Report by the federal government. In 2018, Maytree assumed responsibility for updating the summaries.

Maytree is presenting the information online and is making the data available to download for researchers and policy analysts to use in their own work. The summaries are also available as PDFs.

Reliable and accessible data about social policy in Canada is vital to good decisions about policy and to accountability in our democracy. With a new Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy expected in the coming months, Maytree hopes to see investments from the federal government that will reinstate federal leadership on collecting and making available the information in this report as well as other vital data that helps us understand how we are doing and where attention is needed.

Access Social Assistance Summaries at