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Poorly coordinated programs make it difficult for low-income workers to improve their financial situation

Published on 10/03/2008

Policy in Focus, Issue 3

This issue describes the state of social assistance programs in Canada. It summarizes “Why is it so tough to get ahead? How our tangled social programs pathologize the transition to self-reliance,” by John Stapleton.

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Income security, Poverty


Looks at the tangled web of social safety net programs in Ontario, how they create barriers to transitioning to self-reliance, and makes short- and long- term recommendations.