Bump in low-income rates expected as Statistics Canada set to redraw poverty line

Monday, December 23rd, 2019

The measure calculates the minimum a person or family would have to earn to afford a basket of goods and services needed to reach a modest or basic living standard… federal officials would decide “on the actions to be taken” with Statscan’s recommendations, including which to implement, and which to send for more research when it comes to making the changes. A final report from Statscan is expected in February.

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CRA program to help poor file taxes yields noticeable bump in people helped

Sunday, July 21st, 2019

… the CRA says more than 835,000 returns were filed by people who are homeless, Indigenous, newcomers, seniors or disabled. The boost is double those seen in previous years, before the Liberals increased annual spending on the “community volunteer income-tax program” to $13 million in the 2018 budget… “It’s a different program and we get to see the direct impact that we have on lifting people out of poverty.”

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Post-secondary education in Canada ‘dysfunctional,’ report says

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Oct 11, 2011
… problems in the education system begin at age five, with research indicating that one-quarter of children enter school without the skills needed to learn to read, write and perform math…. “The absence of common, or shared learning outcomes among Canadian provinces and territories is the most important weakness of K-12 education in Canada… Canada is unique in the developed world for having no national strategy for [post-secondary education], no acknowledged and accepted goals, no benchmarks, and no public reporting of resulting based on widely accepted measures,” the report says.

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Proactive plan could save Canada billions

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

September 29, 2011
The council report says, in 2007, it would have cost about $12 billion to bring all Canadians’ income to a level that was above the poverty line, about half of what it says poverty costs Canadian taxpayers each year. Asked whether the government can afford to take such measures, he said it can’t afford not to. “If we’re already affording $24 billion, it’s kind of a nobrainer to afford $12 billion to make it better,” he said, though he added more money would be needed for measures that help keep people out of poverty.

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Canadians cover $24-billion a year in poverty costs: Report

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Sep 28, 2011
The initial investment could be in the billions of dollars, the report suggests, which says it would be worth the expense in the long run. “In an investment model, the more resources devoted to preventing poverty and directly lifting people out of poverty, the greater the payoff would be for all Canadians in reduced health-care and other indirect costs,” says the report, titled The Dollars and Sense of Solving Poverty.

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Ottawa off the hook in tobacco lawsuits, Supreme court rules

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Jul 29, 2011
In a unanimous decision Friday, the court ruled tobacco companies should bear the full financial brunt of any future settlements in the lawsuits… Four provinces — B.C., Ontario, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador — have launched lawsuits against tobacco companies for past, present and future health care associated with tobacco use. Four more have announced intentions to launch lawsuits of their own… Ontario is suing tobacco companies for $50 billion.

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