Canada Welfare

The Food Bank Will Always Be Part Of My Family Story

Matthew Ryan Smith | Posted 02.08.2017 | Canada Living
Matthew Ryan Smith

We didn't want charity, especially when we needed it the most. Yet it was the blind kindness of strangers that made the toughest of times a little less daunting. A full belly was one of our first steps towards a fuller life. What was once a source of shame for my family is now an important part of our story.

Refugee Response Exposes Overreliance On Voluntary Sector

Shawn Pegg | Posted 07.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Shawn Pegg

As Canadians have been doing for more than three decades, refugees from Syria and many other countries turn to our nation's food banks, because government supports for the most vulnerable don't even provide enough money to cover the most basic necessities.

What Comes First: Society Or Government?

Rabbi Ben Hecht | Posted 02.25.2017 | Canada Politics
Rabbi Ben Hecht

I saw a clip of a woman asking Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson how he reconciles traditional Christian values, specifically the caring of...

A Guaranteed Income Can End The Need For Food Banks

Shawn Pegg | Posted 02.19.2017 | Canada Politics
Shawn Pegg

Food bank use currently hovering at record levels. Food Banks Canada's HungerCount report shows that the food bank network acts as an unofficial Canadian safety net, trying to fill the gaps left by low-wage jobs and radically inadequate provincial social assistance programs.

5 Key Factors That Helped Me Go From Welfare To Work

Alex Sangha | Posted 10.05.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Alex Sangha

I had to change my whole mental attitude and approach to being a welfare recipient. I no longer see myself as a victim.

Is it Finally Time for a Guaranteed Annual Income?

Noralou Roos | Posted 08.11.2016 | Canada Politics
Noralou Roos

Could the Guaranteed Annual Income -- once considered radical notion -- now be an idea whose time has come? It has been supported by generations of economists and welfare theorists, from the left and the right. So why are such a broad group of people pushing such a program?

How My Family of 7 Would Fare if We Lived Below the Poverty Line

Melissa Charles | Posted 06.15.2015 | Canada Impact
Melissa Charles

I took a good look at what poverty is like in Canada. Canada doesn't "do" food stamps. So, last fall, I decided I would find out the numbers that would be representative of poverty on this side of the border. I feel ill.

Bif Naked On Welfare Food Challenge: 'This Is A Disaster'

HuffPost Canada Music | Jason MacNeil | Posted 10.24.2014 | Canada Music

After starting the week-long Welfare Food Challenge in British Columbia last week, in which she could only spend $21 on groceries, Bif Naked revealed ...

Bif Naked Surviving On $3 A Day For Food To Protest Welfare Rates

The Huffington Post Canada | Jason MacNeil | Posted 10.17.2014 | Canada Music

Declaring B.C.'s welfare rates "simply inadequate," Vancouver rocker Bif Naked is trying to survive on only $3 a day as part of the Welfare Food Chall...

How To Fix Canada's Welfare System And Create Jobs

Alex Sangha | Posted 08.05.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Alex Sangha

What if potential welfare applicants were required to apply online and receive their funds via direct deposit, with notification sent by email? This would mean they'd have to become Internet, email, and computer literate. This would make them more marketable to potential employers.

Ontario's Culture of Defeat

J.J. McCullough | Posted 04.19.2014 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg When an election is called in Ontario, chances are the Progressive Conservatives will play to type and pitch a package of vaguely pro-growth policies, while the Liberals and NDP counter with egalitarian ideas that are marginally more statist. Yet all three will stand united in common consensus that whether government needs to do more or do less, the province will only have a brighter economic tomorrow so long as the government does something. However, a new study suggests the economic doldrums of Canada's largest province may actually be rooted in deep-set public pathologies that have very little to do with government and a lot to do with cultural myths.

For Canada's Poor, Working Can Be a Disincentive

Deborah Coyne | Posted 06.29.2013 | Canada Politics
Deborah Coyne

It is time to rethink government's role in reducing poverty and unemployment. Take, for example, the Working Income Tax Benefit (WITB), which is supposed to help Canadians in low-paying jobs keep more of their employment income. Essentially, the program is a disincentive to work.

Why Guaranteeing the Poor an Income Will Save Us All In the End

Hugh Segal | Posted 06.08.2013 | Canada Business
Hugh Segal

The wrong approach to poverty reduction is to ignore the problem, letting the ideological conceit that a rising tide lifts all boats obscure the hard reality that many Canadians have no boat -- or access to anyone who has ever had a boat. The answer is automatic top-ups for those who fall beneath the poverty line.

Fed Up With Idle No More?

Brian C. Stiller | Posted 03.24.2013 | Canada Politics
Brian C. Stiller

Fed up with the double standard of aboriginal leaders who want more funds yet seem incompetent and irresponsible in their own management, many Canadian have simply shut down listening to Idle No More. How might we deal with a dismissive reaction all too instinctive to many watching this situation unfold?

Cabbies, Dancers Collecting Millions In Welfare: Toronto Auditor

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.17.2012 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Toronto's auditor general has found that $20 million of welfare was collected by people with business licences in the city.The audit reveale...

Canada's Poor Have Just Become Poorer

Megan Hooft | Posted 06.28.2012 | Canada Politics
 Megan Hooft

The shock of the 2012 federal budget is just setting in, but the repercussions will be felt for years to come. A particularly unsettling decision was to dismantle the National Council of Welfare (NCW). What other organization has the resources to produce an annual, detailed analysis of social assistance, as well as regular reports on the root causes of poverty?

Canada's Poverty Problem Is Not Going to Fix Itself

Sen. Art Eggleton | Posted 01.30.2012 | Canada Politics
Sen. Art Eggleton

If we can solve the problem early and prevent children from growing up in poverty in the first place, the savings both financially and in the quality of life they will go on to have will be dramatically increased.

Investing in Girls Is Good for Boys

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 11.24.2011 | Canada Living
Rosemary McCarney

The word is spreading: investing in girls is the catalyst poor countries need to break the cycle of poverty. But what about the boys? In our focus on girls, are we leaving the boys behind -- making them the new disadvantaged group?

Tory Welfare Wait Period Could Be Costly

Posted 08.02.2011 | Canada Politics

CBC -- A Progressive Conservative election promise to enact a one-year waiting before new Ontario arrivals can collect welfare could cost the province...