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May 13, 2015 | Thomas Granofsky, Miles Corak, Sunil Johal, Noah Zon

Renewing Canada’s Social Architecture

Our world has changed, our social policies and programs haven’t.

Canada looks very different than it did a generation ago. Our society, economy and labour markets have been reshaped by demographic shifts, new economic realities, globalization, emerging technologies and changing culture and attitudes. Many of the core social programs and policies designed in the middle of the last century have not kept pace with these broader changes.

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May 13, 2015 | Andrew Galley

Renewing Canada’s Social Architecture: Employment Skills Training

Many Canadians rely on government-funded programs to help them to upgrade or update their skills when they are out of work. Today’s system was largely designed in a different time for the markedly different labour market of the 1980s and 1990s. The fact that a substantial share of government skills training support is built into the Employment Insurance (EI) system leaves many of those in need of assistance ineligible for training (because they don’t qualify for EI). More

 

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May 15, 2015

How Employment Insurance is like a Discman

This week, we launched a project looking at the state of Canada’s social architecture — the core social programs and policies that Canadians rely on to protect against risk and ensure that basic needs are met. This collaboration between researchers from the Mowat Centre, the Caledon Institute, the Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity and the Institute for Research on Public Policy looks at the ways that these programs have fallen behind our changing economy and society. More
May 7, 2015

Where Are the Hardest Places to Live in Canada?

In June 2014 the New York Times’ "Upshot" published a striking map depicting the hardest places to live in America. The map ranked 3,125 counties where "Americans are healthy, wealthy or struggling" based on six indicators: median income, life expectancy, obesity, disability, unemployment and college education. More
April 30, 2015

Ontario exports as much to Tennessee as we do to China or Mexico

On March 25th, the Mowat Centre hosted "Policy in a Pub" for the second time. The evening social gatherings bring people from the public policy world together from across the public, private and non-profit sectors to socialize, share ideas, and hear from policy thought leaders in an informal setting. This edition featured a panel discussion on what’s at stake for Ontarians in the upcoming federal election. Mowat's Chief Economist Mike Moffatt shared his thoughts about promoting international trade opportunities for Ontario. Below are his prepared remarks. More

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May 20, 2015 | Kyle Hanniman

Why municipal borrowing is no crisis in waiting

Rarely a week goes by without a prominent columnist or think tank warning of an impending provincial credit crisis. As the Mowat Centre pointed out in a recent report, these doomsday forecasts are overblown. And yet as The Globe and Mail’s debt series has noted, it’s hard to deny that the provinces, whose gross debts collectively equal roughly 50 per cent of GDP, have a debt problem. More
May 17, 2015

Is it time to repair Canada’s social safety net?

Mowat's Sunil Johal discusses Canada's outdated social architecture on CBC's Cross-country Checkup with Rex Murphy. More
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May 15, 2015

How Employment Insurance is like a Discman

This week, we launched a project looking at the state of Canada’s social architecture — the core social programs and policies that Canadians rely on to protect against risk and ensure that basic needs are met. This collaboration between researchers from the Mowat Centre, the Caledon Institute, the Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity and the Institute for Research on Public Policy looks at the ways that these programs have fallen behind our changing economy and society. More

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