Tiering up over tuition fees?

  This fall, tuition fees in Canada are set to increase by 2.8% to a weighted average of $6,373. That’s a smaller increase than in previous years, but (as always) averages can mask some important details: in this case, the plethora of options provinces are pursuing to address the optics…
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Ten Things to Know About Federal Income Support for Low-Income Seniors in Canada

In the latest edition of How Ottawa Spends, we have a chapter titled “The Federal Government and Old Age Security:  Then, Now, and the Future.” The focus of our chapter was the potential impact of the Harper government’s decision to move the age of eligibility for Old Age Security (OAS)…
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Progress is about solutions, not scapegoats

If anything’s become clear while watching the star-spangled spectacle unfold south of the border, it’s this: nature—in this case, human nature—abhors a vacuum. The context is evident. Growing inequality. Gutted infrastructure. The rise of the precariat. And in the absence of a clearly articulated plan that will address the disillusionment,…
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Canada has every reason to expand the CPP

Politicians have the future of the Canada Pension Plan in their hands, as federal officials meet with provincial premiers in Vancouver. If a stable, secure retirement for all Canadians is the aim, our leaders should commit to boldly expanding this bedrock national pension program. Instead, several provincial leaders – including…
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