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Renewing Canada’s Social Architecture


A series of research papers that look at the social architecture — the  suite of social programs and policies familiar to generations of Canadians — that offer some fresh ideas on how to introduce change and renewal.

Research was a joint effort from the Mowat Centre, the Caledon Institute, the Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity and the Institute for Research on Public Policy.

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August 11, 2015 | Tyler Meredith

Lower Risk, Higher Reward

Renewing Canada’s Retirement Income System

This report for the Social Architecture series looks at how well the retirement income system is serving Canadians, and how it can be improved. More
June 23, 2015 | Sunil Johal, Thomas Granofsky

Growing Pains

Childcare in Canada

Despite the evidence that effective childcare policies boost employment and promote child development, most governments in Canada have neglected childcare, leaving a significant gap. More
May 13, 2015 | Thomas Granofsky, Miles Corak, Sunil Johal, Noah Zon

Renewing Canada’s Social Architecture Framing Paper

This paper outlines the focus of the Renewing Canada's Social Architecture project - looking at the ways that Canada has changed and where our social policies and programs have failed to keep pace. More
May 13, 2015 | Andrew Galley

Employment Skills Training

This report examines federal support for employment skills training in Canada and highlights the disconnect between the design of programs and today's needs. More
May 13, 2015 | Noah Zon

Access to Affordable Housing

This report examines the pressures on access to affordable housing in Canada and the options available to address housing needs. More