Toronto’s Workers’ Action Centre released a new report today, Still Living on the Edge: Building Decent Jobs from the Ground Up, which addresses cultural, legal, and social issues facing Ontario’s workers.
Using a combination of policy analysis, data collection, and first-hand accounts of workers’ lives, the report paints a full picture of the state of employment in the province.
It comes at a time when the province is reviewing employment standards in Ontario. Many organizations will be weighing in – including the CCPA – but today the Workers’ Action Centre has come out with some important recommendations that could improve the lives of workers. ...Read more
Tags: Employment and Labour·Ontario·Poverty and Income Inequality
In 1995, Canada made historic commitments to implement gender equality in all policies, programs, and laws when it adopted the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. That same year saw the adoption in Canada of The Federal Plan for Gender Equality to secure gender equality in all aspects of social, political, legal, and economic life in Canada.
A new Parkland Institute report demonstrates that women in Alberta, who were early leaders in moving toward greater sex equality, had already begun losing ground relative to men for some years by the time these commitments were made in the mid-1990s. ...Read more
Tags: Alberta·Child Care·Corporations·Gender Equality·Poverty and Income Inequality·Taxes and Tax Cuts·Wage Gap
It is not difficult to understand the motivation behind the federal NDP’s decision to make a tax cut for small business a centerpiece of its pre-election policy roll out.red
As touted by what must be the most consistently effective political lobbying force in Canadian history, small business is perceived to be an important engine of economic growth and job creation.
And while supporting small business doesn’t have the easily identifiable upside that goes with investing in large-scale projects of multinational corporations that have big job numbers attached to them, it has the virtue of avoiding the red-faced problem when those big jobs go south. ...Read more
Tags: Poverty and Income Inequality·small business·Taxes and Tax Cuts
The Fraser Institute is really concerned that public sector employees might be making more than private sector employees. What is notable about the recent Fraser Institute report on public and private sector wages in British Columbia is that it does not seem particularly concerned with the reasons why there are variations in public and private sector compensation. The stated concern of the report is that public sector wages, benefits and job security should be more closely tied to private sector wages, benefits and job security. ...Read more
Tags: Employment and Labour·Gender Equality·Poverty and Income Inequality
“Study after study describes poverty as a profound and damning thing for child development. The political response has been to watch poverty levels dip and rise. On the sidelines, statisticians have debated how measurement might best occur…too often with a view to reporting the lowest numbers possible. There have been champions. Despite that Canada has arrived at a shameful place.
Right now our inaction tells the world this nation thinks one in four children are not worth it.
Not worth feeding.
Not worth shelter. ...Read more
Tags: Nova Scotia·Poverty and Income Inequality·Youth
Who does employment insurance help? It seems like an obvious question. One would assume that EI is for Canadians who’ve lost their jobs and are therefore going to be low income. EI is meant to support them through hard times as they hopefully get another job and get back on their feet.
But…. what if we look at what income quintile EI recipients formerly found themselves? Were they low-income, middle class, or rich before they got laid off? I did some digging and I was surprised by the result. ...Read more
Tags: Employment and Labour·Employment Insurance·Poverty and Income Inequality
This week’s 2014 Ontario budget won’t contain many surprises – much of what will be in the budget has already been announced – but it should contain core principles to guide the province toward greater shared prosperity.
Here are 5 guiding principles we at the CCPA-Ontario office will be watching for in the budget:
1. End austerity ...Read more
Tags: Austerity·Economy & Economic Indicators·Government Finance·Jobs·Ontario·Poverty and Income Inequality·Taxes and Tax Cuts
This week Canada’s nascent national debate about the problem of income inequality as it relates to the anxious middle class descended into ridiculous levels of un-Canadian gloating.
On Tuesday, Canadians awoke to news that the hypothetical middle-income Canadian outperformed its American counterpart in terms of after-tax income in 2010 (median, per capita, after-tax PPP-adjusted, inflation-adjusted income).
Right-wing politicians and pundits were quick to crow that their ideology was working and that Canada’s middle class is not, in fact, struggling.
Andrew Coyne claimed the idea of Canada’s “struggling middle class” is so two decades ago that it’s time to “retire” that talking point. ...Read more
Tags: Income Inequality·Ontario·Poverty and Income Inequality
“Middle class” is the new “working Ontario families.” Every second speech and press release here contains it now. – Adrian Morrow, Globe and Mail reporter, Queen’s Park, Twitter, March 20, 2014.
With election fever mounting in Ontario, the political field is quickly crowding around the middle of the income spectrum in search of votes.
And – surprise, surprise – low taxes are dominating the list of enticements.
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is insisting she’ll reject any provincial budget that includes asking Ontario’s middle class to pay more taxes or tolls. ...Read more
Tags: Middle Class·Ontario·Poverty and Income Inequality·Taxes and Tax Cuts
This piece was first published in the Globe and Mail’s Economy Lab.
Every year when International Women’s Day rolls by, I can’t help but reflect on power, how it’s shared, and how women use the power they have. This year, I am struck by women’s power to reduce inequality, and not just to help ourselves. Women are key to reducing income inequality.
It’s been dubbed the girl effect, more powerful than the Internet, science, the government, and even money.
Canada is actually a poster girl (sorry) for the truth that education and hard work can transform not just lives but societies. ...Read more
Tags: Economy & Economic Indicators·Employment and Labour·Gender Equality·Poverty and Income Inequality·Women