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Workfare: A Poor Law

Published on 01/02/1996

Workfare: A Poor Law describes the fundamental distinction between a welfare approach and a human resources approach to welfare reform.  Strictly speaking, “workfare” refers to mandatory participation in a designated activity.  A human resources strategy involves investment in employability enhancement and job creation measures.  This approach also ensures the availability of appropriate supports, such as high-quality, affordable child care, to help recipients move off welfare.  The human resources strategy is preferable because it promotes, not destroys, human dignity and well-being.

ISBN – 1-895796-50-4



Can Workfare Work? traces the history of workfare from the English Poor Laws of the 16th century to the present-day Common Sense Revolution in Ontario.