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"Sharing economy" or on-demand service economy?

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A survey of workers and consumers in the Greater Toronto Area
Release Date: 
Friday, April 7, 2017
Number of pages in documents: 
27 pages
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They are young and highly educated, but many “sharing economy” workers in the GTA are selling their services under precarious working conditions.

Read the first comprehensive look at workers who sell “sharing economy” type services and the consumers who buy them in this new report.

Poverty and Inequality Among British Columbia’s Seniors

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Thursday, April 6, 2017
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Poverty and Inequality Among British Columbia's Seniors
Poverty and Inequality Among British Columbia's Seniors — SUMMARY
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56 pages
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BC seniors are anything but a homogenous group. Large income and wealth inequalities exist among both seniors and working-age British Columbians—the defining problem we face isn’t about intergenerational inequality, but rather the growing gap between rich and poor across generations.

This study uses Statistics Canada data to study the economic well-being of BC seniors, and takes a close look at indicators of economic insecurity including core housing need, the costs and accessibility of essential care and prescription medications, and food insecurity.

A closer look at inequality and poverty among seniors

Poverty and economic insecurity among BC seniors is growing.

Contrary to stories that pit generations against one another—with seniors described as a homogenous group of well-off retirees—our latest study finds large income and wealth inequalities between seniors, and shows that BC must develop more effective ways to support vulnerable members of our community no matter their age. 

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Privatization & Declining Access to BC Seniors’ Care

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An urgent call for policy change
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Release Date: 
Monday, March 27, 2017
Attached Document Title: 
Privatization & Declining Access to BC Seniors' Care: An Urgent Call For Policy Change
Privatization & Declining Access to BC Seniors' Care: SUMMARY
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32 pages
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Home and community care services in BC—home health care, assisted living and residential care—require urgent attention. For the past 16 years, underfunding, privatization and fragmentation of the system have left many seniors, their families and communities patching together care and even going without.

This report shows that increasing access to home and community care doesnt just benefit seniors, it is widely acknowledged as key for reducing hospital overcrowding and surgical wait times.

Creating a Canadian infrastructure bank in the public interest

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Release Date: 
Monday, March 20, 2017
Attached Document Title: 
Creating a Canadian infrastructure bank in the public interest
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13 pages
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During the 2015 federal election, the Liberals promised to establish a federal infrastructure bank to provide low-cost financing to municipalities. However, in the Fall Economic Statement, they proposed that it rely largely on private institutional finance. The federal budget, to be released on March 22, is expected to provide more details of the government's plans in this area.