Call it what you want – a basic income, guaranteed annual income, or guaranteed livable income – it’s an idea that’s gaining momentum both in Canada and abroad as countries such as Switzerland, India, and Brazil begin to test and consider such a program.
News: Poverty in Canada
Today, on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, we release “Poverty Trends Highlights: Canada 2013,” the latest installment of CPJ’s well-known Poverty Trends Scorecard series. We also join food bank volunteers and other frontline workers from across the country in calling for a National Poverty Action Plan as part of the #ChewOnThis! campaign. Watch for pop-up "food for thought" lunch lines near you!
CPJ and our partners in Dignity for All: the campaign for a poverty-free Canada have sent a joint letter to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne urging her to place housing at the top of the agenda as she hosts provincial and territorial premiers at this week’s Council of the Federation meeting in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Today, Olivier De Schutter, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, released the full report on his country visit to Canada, which he made in May 2012. His insistence on national strategies for housing, poverty reduction, and food security can no longer be dismissed by the federal government.
Universal Children's Day, November 20, was a day of creative action, learning, and reflection across the country on all the changes that are needed for the most impoverished children in Canada to live in dignity.
Twelve years ago, British Columbia & Newfoundland and Labrador shared the distinction of having some of the highest poverty rates in the country. Ten years later, Newfoundland had one of the lowest poverty rates amongst the provinces while BC still had the highest. What made the difference?
Last week, CPJ had the privilege of attending the kick-off reception for the All-Party Anti-Poverty Caucus (APC) on Parliament Hill. The APC will bring together parliamentarians, civil society organizations, community leaders, researchers, and other key stakeholders to find concrete solutions for reducing poverty. APC co-chair MP Jean Crowder expressed her thanks to the CPJ co-led Dignity for All campaign and acknowledged the role of our February 14th public event, “What’s Next? How do we Address Poverty in Canada”, in laying the groundwork for this non-partisan dialogue.
On Friday September 27, Joe and I attended a workshop in Pembroke titled ‘Creating a Better Future for Our Children’ which was focussed on poverty and the Social Determinants of Health. While I learned many interesting things and heard a lot of detailed statistics, the main theme of the day was definitely that poverty is bad for your health. Not surprised? Neither was I, but the information came from a perspective I had not considered before.
Now that we’ve passed the halfway point of the year, it’s a good time to check out some of the trends reported on in Bearing the Brunt, CPJ’s study of the recession and poverty. How is that recovery coming along?
Statistics reveal a mixed bag – some improving trends, and some discouraging ones. Overall, the picture is less robust than headlines about economic recovery would suggest. GDP may be growing steadily, but recovery has yet to trickle down to those who suffered most from the recession – the poor, economically vulnerable and unemployed.