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Webinar recording: How to reduce the depth of single adult poverty in Canada – understanding the challenges and proposing a viable solution

Published on 19/09/2022

Canada’s social safety net is failing working-age single adults without children. Unattached single adults represent 50 per cent of the over 1.8 million people living in deep poverty in Canada. Yet, they continue to receive the lowest income support benefits across the country, perpetuating their depth of poverty, and preventing working-age single adults from having an adequate standard of living.

How can Canada do better?

Maytree and Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC) are proposing the creation of the Canada Working-Age Supplement (CWAS). If implemented, the CWAS would build on the current Canada Workers Benefit, reduce the depth of poverty working-age single adults experience by up to 40 percent, and could be implemented without delay.

Access the report here.

The webinar, recorded on September 16, 2022, started with a brief presentation on the proposed Canada Working-Age Supplement, followed by a panel discussion on the challenges and opportunities available to address the depth of poverty working-age single adults experience.

Presentation:

  • Mohy Tabbara, Policy Advisor, Maytree

Moderator:

  • Elizabeth McIsaac, President, Maytree

Panel:

  • Shane Pelletier, Co-ordinator, National Indigenous Homelessness Council; Member with lived experience on the National Advisory Council on Poverty
  • Jennefer Laidley, Independent Consultant
  • Garima Talwar Kapoor, Director of Policy and Research, Maytree
  • Sherri Hanley, Director of Policy and Community Action, CFCC

Watch the recording:

Topic(s)

Evidence-based policy, Income security, Poverty

Summary

Recording of the Canada Working-Age Supplement launch event highlighting the report’s key findings followed by a panel discussion on the challenges and opportunities available to address the depth of poverty working-age single adults experience.