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HUMA's report - Breaking the Cycle: A Study on Poverty Reduction
Committee conducted fact-finding trips across Canada, visiting five provinces to study the topic of poverty. The report is based on oral and written testimony provided by witnesses – including those with lived experience of poverty, service providers, advocacy groups, researchers, and representatives from various levels of government.
The Committee focused on current gaps and challenges, existing poverty reduction measures, and innovative practices that could be expanded upon or replicated in other communities.
The report examines five main themes associated with poverty reduction:
- income security;
- education, skills training and employment;
- mental health;
- housing; and
As poverty continues to be a reality in Canada despite significant resources and efforts allocated to reducing it. Breaking the Cycle makes 53 specific recommendations that aim to address poverty with greater engagement and support from key players with respect to all five themes.
Transform the Sector 2017 Video Series
Back in February, 2017, the Transform the Sector conference was sold out to 300 people in nonprofit organizations, government, foundations, academia, and business! The conference discussed how to work together and use digital data to increase the social sector's impact. Watch the Video Series to get an overview of the discussions!
Our Community Data Program Team was present: CCSD's Katherine Scott and Michael Ditor attended the conference, running into CDP representatives from Halton, Red Deer, Simcoe, Sudbury and York! Michael took part in a panel discussion on Collecting Data for Collective Impact.
How Big Data Is About to Explode Policymaking As We Know It: The Rise of Civil Analytics
Canada 2020 has released a new paper examining the ways open government, big data and predictive analytics are about to transform the way policy is made in Canada. The article looks at the era of big data and how policymakers can harness the power of "civil analytics" to improve evidence-based decision making.
The era of Big Data is causing massive shifts in the way we think about policymaking in Canada. Civil analytics, as we have defined it, could help direct that transformation for the better. It's a fascinating, timely read - and one that Canada 2020 will be expanding on over the coming months as we unfold a new research series devoted to data, government and policymaking.
Income Inequality in Canada: Driving Forces, Outcomes and Policy
This chapter describes how inequality has increased significantly in Canada since the early 1980s, although the situation has stabilized since 2000 mainly as result of the resource boom. With the boom’s abrupt halt and signs of decline in income mobility, inequality could easily resume its upward path. Authors David Green, Craig Riddell and France St-Hilaire conclude that doing just more of the same policy-wise will not shelter Canada from these global trends.
This chapter was published in Income Inequality: The Canadian Story. It is the result of a two-year collaboration between the IRPP and the Canadian Labour Market and Skills Researcher Network (CLRSN). As part of this project, twenty-seven leading economists and experts in the field examine income inequality trends in Canada, the factors contributing to its marked increase, and the role of policy in addressing the problem.
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