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Poverty & Inequality

Platform Crunch: The Bloc’s election commitments

A dive into what the Bloc Québécois has promised ahead of the 44th Canadian election.

Still no paid sick leave for Nova Scotian workers

A mandatory paid sick leave policy will ensure that all workers have access to paid sick leave, regardless of where they work.

Climate crisis and extreme wealth inequality: Joined at the hip

The climate crisis and unprecedented wealth inequality are not separate issues.

Not all retirement is made equal

A new CCPA report shows that retirement security is colour-coded in Canada

The effects of Law 21 on Education Faculties in Quebec: “We don’t want people like you here”

By effectively barring Muslim women with hijabs from working as teachers, the Law diminishes the religious diversity of the population of Quebec school teachers.

Canada and the COVID-19 waiver

An unethical position that needs to change.

Budget 2021 analysis: Does it deliver?

Federal Budget 2021 was expected to deliver between $70-100B in COVID-19 recovery funds. Does it deliver and will funds be allocated in meaningful ways? Our experts weigh in.

One year later: Canadian billionaire wealth up by $78 billion

One year into the COVID-19 pandemic that has upended the lives of millions of people in this country, Canadian billionaires have increased their wealth by $78 billion.

Pandemic living on the margins

Disabled Canadians have been sidelined from—and by—many COVID-19 response measures. How can we learn from this experience to build greater equity going forward?

The upcoming federal budget: The stakes could not be higher

Will the budget put muscle behind the oft-repeated Liberal "real change” mantra?

Time to address the cost of poverty in the Atlantic provinces

We are far less likely to recognize households living in poverty as a public health issue, societal crisis or economic problem that we should solve collectively.

What CERB recipients can expect at tax time

The CERB was a critical support for many workers impacted by pandemic closures. For low-wage workers, the benefit funds were likely used to cover critical expenses. As such, it's unlikely that Canadians living below the poverty line will have money set aside for their pending CERB tax bill.

“Too high” or “too low”? Assessing Nova Scotia’s modest minimum wage hike

On April 1st, Nova Scotia’s minimum hourly wage increased from $12.55 to $12.95. Is it now “too high” or “too low”?

Investments in the care economy a missed opportunity in Nova Scotia budget

The pandemic has exposed the disastrous result of government cuts to vital investments, especially in health care and long-term care. Does the latest budget undo the damage?

Will Canada’s Federal Budget meet the COVID-19 Challenge?

A year ago, COVID-19 crashed the world economy. How and where the federal government invests now will determine if we "Build Back Better" or allow rampant inequality to persist.

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