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Yearly Archives: 2021

The Future is Now: A Case for Punctuated EI Change
The Future is Now: A Case for Punctuated EI Change

Our policy submission  to ESDC “Reforming Canada’s Employment Insurance Program” Consultation has gone in. “Even in advanced economies, the payroll-based insurance model is increasingly challenged by working arrangements outside standard employment contracts. What are some new ways of protecting people? A societal minimum that provides support independent of employment is one option.”  World Development Report…

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COVID-19 and Income Security
COVID-19 and Income Security

Over the last year, the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction has been working with the Departments of Labour Studies and Political Science at McMaster University to explore the impact of Canada’s income security programs during the pandemic.  The research that has emerged tells of an unsurprising, but unmistakeable gap in wellbeing, housing and food security…

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Frozen in Time! Ontario’s Social Assistance Rates
Frozen in Time! Ontario’s Social Assistance Rates

On Monday,  April 13th, community activists, academics and social assistance recipients gathered virtually to discuss how to put income security advocacy back on the policy agenda. You can view the recording here.

A local Basic Income Network
A local Basic Income Network

At Basic Income Hamilton, we are raising awareness, educating and engaging Hamiltonians about the concept of basic income. Building support for and commitment to the implementation of a national basic income program for Canadians. Want to know more about what is going on locally around Basic Income.  Learn more and see how you can be…

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Beyond Basic Needs: The Financial Cost of Disability
Beyond Basic Needs: The Financial Cost of Disability

At a Federal pre-budget consultation on January 29th, 2021, the Roundtable presented a new policy brief called, “Beyond Basic Needs: The Financial Cost of Disability”. The policy brief outlines critical considerations for the design of a new Canadian Disability Benefit . It is premised on the assumption we should be creating a disability supplement not…

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