Income security overview
Our work on income security includes mapping current public policy systems that are intended to promote opportunity and provide a social safety net, and understanding where those systems are working well, where they are under pressure, and where we have gaps. We also work to identify policy solutions and convene conversations to improve our social safety net.
- Social Assistance Summaries: Series that tracks the number of recipients of social assistance (welfare payments) in each province and territory.
- Welfare in Canada: Reports that look at the total incomes available to those relying on social assistance (often called “welfare”), taking into account tax credits and other benefits along with social assistance itself.
- Financial security: outlines three policy-ready ideas to increase financial security of low- and modest-income families in Canada.
Published on 28/11/2019
The Ontario government could have used the 2019 Fall Economic Statement to demonstrate that it was re-orienting its priorities on social assistance and poverty. Instead, the government’s silence on them spoke volumes.
It’s a cold evening in November, and the following scenarios are playing out repeatedly in communities across Ontario: Homeless shelters are at maximum capacity, unable to serve all of the people who are seeking refuge from the bitter cold. Emergency departments in hospitals are buzzing and beeping throughout the night, trying to keep up with […]
Published on 27/09/2019
Analyzing two competing policy proposals that the Liberal and Conservative parties have put forward regarding Employment Insurance maternity and parental leave benefits during the 2019 federal election.
If you were tasked with deciding how best to spend over $1 billion in public funding for families with children, what sorts of questions would you ask to develop or assess a policy proposal? Would you want to know if the policy design is effective? Would you want to know if it is well targeted? […]
Published on 01/03/2019
A look at three practical policy solutions to help Canadians buffer financial risks and build a secure financial foundation for today and the future.
Canada’s economy is doing well, our unemployment rate is at its lowest level in decades, and the average net worth of Canadians is increasing. If we look more closely at the financial health of Canadian households, though, the numbers tell a contrasting story. Technological change, globalization and automation have transformed Canada’s labour market, and rising […]
Published on 27/02/2019
There is a solution for non-profit sector workers and their employers who want to ensure that their staff can plan for retirement: the Common Good retirement plan.
February should come with more than just weather warnings. If you’re leading a non-profit organization in Canada, you should be warned that your staff may be more distracted this time of year. They may even seem distressed. Throughout February, our media are filled with messages about the need to contribute to a Registered Retirement Savings […]
Published on 14/02/2019
This report proposes a targeted policy intervention to help boost savings and build assets among lower- and modest-income Canadians.
A proposal to build financial security for lower- and modest-income Canadians Download report (PDF) Lower- and modest-income Canadians face challenges when it comes to building asset wealth. Studies estimate that half of households have insufficient savings to stay above the poverty line for three months. This report proposes a targeted policy intervention to help boost […]
Published on 30/11/2018
On Thursday November 22, Minister MacLeod announced the outcome of Ontario’s 100-day review of social assistance. This short backgrounder explains what earnings exemptions are and what the proposed changes mean.
Download the backgrounder (PDF) On November 22, Minister MacLeod announced the outcome of Ontario’s 100-day review of social assistance. It included details of how earnings exemptions for social assistance recipients will change. This short backgrounder explains what earnings exemptions are and what the changes mean. Update: In October 2019 the Ontario government confirmed that the […]