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Canadian dynasties richer than ever as wealth gap continues to widen: study

Release Date: 
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

OTTAWA—Canada’s wealthiest family dynasties are more than 4,400 times richer than the average Canadian family and much more likely to keep that money in the family than they were two decades ago, finds a new study released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).

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On the Mend

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The costs and benefits of an extension to the maximum duration of employment insurance sickness benefits
Release Date: 
Thursday, July 12, 2018
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16 pages
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In this paper we estimate the impact of an extension of maximum EI sickness benefits beyond 15 weeks using Statistics Canada’s Social Policy Simulation Database and Model (SPSD/M). The model allows us to estimate how many people might use the additional benefit each year and what the net annual cost would be if the maximum sick leave were extended. The paper opens with a brief history of EI sick leave and a snapshot of annual usage patterns and costs. Results of the modelling exercise are then presented with a discussion of potential implications.

Child Care Deserts in Canada

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Release Date: 
Thursday, June 28, 2018
Number of pages in documents: 
36 pages
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Ensuring Canadian families have access to child care is vital for achieving a range of public goals, including closing the gender wage gap in the economy, spurring economic growth, easing the burden on struggling parents and supporting healthy child development. High child care fees are an obvious obstacle for cash-strapped parents, as the CCPA has documented in other reports. But a lack of local licensed spaces will also limit the choices parents have when it comes to raising their children and re-entering the workforce. 

776,000 children live in child care deserts in Canada: Report

Release Date: 
Thursday, June 28, 2018

OTTAWA—An estimated 776,000 of non-school-aged children (44%) live in child care deserts in Canada, according to a new study released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

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Canada’s Fossil-Fuelled Pensions

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The Case of the British Columbia Investment Management Corporation
Release Date: 
Monday, June 25, 2018
Number of pages in documents: 
32 pages
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The British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (BCI), formerly known as bcIMC, is a financial institution most British Columbians aren’t aware of. Its actions, however, are essential to BC’s and Canada’s ability — or inability — to address the climate change crisis.

Qu’est-ce que ça coûte pour élever une famille dans les provinces Maritimes ?

Beaucoup plus qu’on penserait, comme démontre le nouveau rapport sur le salaire convenable
Release Date: 
Monday, June 25, 2018

(Halifax, NS)----Le montant dont une famille de quatre personnes a besoin quand les deux parents travaillent à temps plein- un salaire convenable--est 19 $ par l’heure à Halifax, 18,18 $ à Saint Jean et 17,75 $ à Antigonish.

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How much does it cost to raise a family in the Maritimes?

More than you might think shows CCPA-NS in new report on living wages
Release Date: 
Monday, June 25, 2018

June 25, 2018

(Halifax, NS)----Covering the costs to raise a family in the Maritimes requires two adults to be working full-time earning a living wage of $19 an hour in Halifax, $18.18 in Saint John and $17.75 in Antigonish.

Since 2016, the living wage rate in Halifax decreased very slightly from $19.17, increased slightly in Antigonish from $17.30. The wages did not change very much because of the full year inclusion of the Canada Child Benefit and its indexation to inflation, which covered all or most of the expense increases.

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