… much more must be done to ensure EI reflects the shifting reality of work and is adequate to the current cost of living… Some 170,000 households are currently waiting for [public housing] units, with the average wait time at around four years… the day-care situation remains dire. This situation robs too many people, particularly mothers, of the opportunity to work or train… a refundable version of the [disability tax] credit… would be a far more effective tool for helping those with disabilities who need it the most.
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Social Security Policy Contextposted February 16, 2017 / No Comments
we are: consulting with Canadians across Canada on poverty reduction; establishing a Ministerial Advisory Committee on Poverty through an open call for nominations to select leaders, practitioners and experts with experience in poverty and poverty reduction as well as a separate targeted call for nominations to select people who have experienced poverty; and conducting the Tackling Poverty Together research project – an in-depth case study in six communities across Canada.
Social Security Debatesposted February 14, 2017 / No Comments
Duclos said the work of the committee, as well as similar consultations being undertaken by a panel of MPs, is needed to finally build a federal vision on poverty reduction… “how it measures it, how it’s going to monitor the progress in reducing it and how it’s going to collaborate with other governments in order to better support our families living in need and to encourage them to enter the middle class. All of that has been missing.”
Social Security Debatesposted February 10, 2017 / No Comments
… most periods of low-income are relatively short, requiring supports that cannot be well met by tax-based basic income designs… for the minority of low-income people who are persistently poor, the best solutions involve integrated mixes of income and a variety of services — not a stand-alone standardized income benefit, which is not based on individual circumstances and needs.
Social Security Policy Contextposted February 3, 2017 / No Comments
Caledon has proposed a separate income program that would be run by the federal government and would replace provincial/territorial welfare for working age persons with severe disabilities. The design of the proposed Basic Income would be modelled on the federal Guaranteed Income Supplement for low-income seniors.
Social Security Debatesposted January 31, 2017 / No Comments
A local initiative called Fix the Gap has launched a postcard writing campaign and website, among other efforts, to press the Liberal government at Queen’s Park to enact the bill that would set the stage for Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program recipients to receive payments that are more consistent with the cost of living… A key feature of the bill would be establishing an expert panel to clarify differences in the cost of living in different regions of the province.
Social Security Debatesposted January 24, 2017 / No Comments
… aside from their high cost, [GAI programs] do not respond well to new information about the nature of poverty. In particular, most periods of low income are short-lived and often require solutions that are more time-sensitive and more attuned to individual circumstances than is possible in traditional GAI designs. As well, for the minority of low-income people who are persistently poor, the best solutions involve integrated mixes of income supports and, often, a variety of services.
Social Security Policy Contextposted January 13, 2017 / 1 Comment
The Disability Tax Credit is available to Canadians with a physical or mental condition that severely impedes their ability to perform basic activities… Eligibility is based on the degree to which a person’s condition affects their life… The CRA’s requirements state that a person’s condition must restrict their abilities at least 90 percent of the time. Mental disorders can have a “more variable course” than that, but still cause profound disability
Social Security Debatesposted January 10, 2017 / No Comments
… you can either pay everyone the same amount, then tax it back starting with the first dollar of earned income, or you can pay out to those with incomes below that point, and tax those above it — it entails a much heavier gross outlay. And besides, other countries are already testing it… Segal’s model would be limited, at least initially, to replacing the current welfare and disability systems.
Social Security Policy Contextposted January 4, 2017 / No Comments
Finland has become the first country in Europe to pay its unemployed citizens a basic monthly income, amounting to 560 euros ($784), in a unique social experiment which is hoped to cut government red tape, reduce poverty and boost employment… the basic income experiment may be expanded later to other low-income groups such as freelancers, small-scale entrepreneurs and part-time workers.