In the News
- Many low-income Canadians who don't file taxes lose out on benefits Canadians who need help the most may be missing out on benefits like the Canada Child Benefit, according to research conducted by Canada Revenue Agency. Ryan Tumilty, Toronto Metro, September 18, 2017.
- Does Cash Aid Help the Poor - or Encourage Laziness? Hundreds of families in Zambia receive regular cash payouts as part of an experimental government program: "a small but steady stream of cash with no strings attached may be the smartest way to fix poverty". Nurith Aizenman, Morning Edition, National Public Radio, August 9, 2017.
- Canada urged to calculate how much it costs to raise children. Official estimates are needed as a way to guide policy and help parents, advocates say. Laurie Monsebraaten, Toronto Star, March 7, 2017.
- Take Action Comics - digital comic book Communities in Action: Pathways to Health Equity [pdf] highlighting the work of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine - the first in a series of reports from their Culture of Health program.
- Man honoured for helping New Brunswickers file taxes free of charge for decades. Special clinics all over the Maritimes are helping those with modest incomes navigate tax paperwork; it's a cause close to the heart of a Moncton man, who's being honoured by the federal government for decades of volunteer work. Cami Kepke, CTV Atlantic, March 26, 2017.
- NB’ers learn to get their piece of the money pie. A program was held at the Universite de Moncton on Sunday to help ensure New Brunswickers on a modest income receive as much as possible at tax time. Jeremy Keefe, Global News, March 26, 2017.
- If they had a million dollars... Every year over $1 billion of income benefits and tax credits legislated for the needs of the most vulnerable people in Canada never make it into their pockets. Prosper Canada has recommended that the Government of Canada invest $2 million annually over the next five years for targeted community outreach and support strategies to enable vulnerable Canadians to begin accessing the over $1 billion in benefits they are eligible for, but not receiving. Prosper Canada, February 7, 2017
- Unicef Report Card Gives Canada Low Marks. The UNICEF report card reveals how far rich countries like Canada have allowed their most disadvantaged children to fall behind the average child in health, education, income and life satisfaction. NetNewsledger, January 27, 2017.
- Project helping homeless overcome 'huge barrier' - lost ID. A pilot ID project in Ottawa is helping people to replace lost or stolen identification - a process simple for most, but "a big mountain to climb" for those living on the street. CBC News January 17, 2017.
Commentaries and Backgrounders
- Why We Need More Canadian Health Policy in the Media edited by Noralou Roos, Kathleen O'Grady, Eileen Boriskewich, Melanie Meloche-Holubowski, Carolyn Shimmin, Kristy Wittmeier, and Nanci Armstrong. 1st edition with content from December 2014 to December 2015. Freely available in various formats.
Infographics, Posters and Booklets