Income security

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.
  • COVID-19 crisis: Resources and responses: providing resources and ideas to governments and organizations working on policy solutions that support people living in poverty during the crisis and in the long term.

Relevant publications

Opinion

Published on 27/06/2016

We have made it a full-time job to be poor.

We have made it a full-time job to be poor. To make it through the obstacle course of applications and regulations to access the supports and services that people are entitled to takes time and money that people don’t have. It shouldn’t be this way and it doesn’t have to be. We should take a […]

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Opinion

Published on 26/05/2016

If we want evidence-based policy, we need much more than the census.

For a brief moment this May, we broke the internet. In true Canadian fashion the cultural phenomenon that sent us all to our screens in synch was not a Kardashian or even a new Drake single but the arrival of our individual access codes for the 2016 census. So many Canadians rushed to fill out […]

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Report

Published on 01/05/2011

More than 50 recommendations intended to contribute to Canada’s prosperity while protecting the country’s most vulnerable.

In this annual publication, Maytree presents more than 50 recommendations intended to contribute to Canada’s prosperity while protecting the country’s most vulnerable. The recommendations make up the three important “I”s of public policy: ideas, instruments, and investments. They each identify a powerful idea to improve the life of Canadians, the instruments which will be effective […]

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