What is Social Assistance?
Social assistance is a form of government program which provides income support to people who are unemployed and who meet one or more other criteria for eligibility established in the program. It is intended to be a program of last resort. In many social assistance programs people who have moderate to several disabilities as determined by medical practitioners are deemed to be eligible. Similarly, single parents with young children who are not receiving child support may also be eligible. Able bodied applicants without eligibility for other support programs may also be eligible. Since it is intended to be a program of last resort, other applicants may be eligible who have no other means of support.
Panel Presentation on Social Assistance since the Termination of CAP
2015 Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE) Conference
On June 3, 2015, the Centre for Studies in Poverty and Social Citizenship of the School of Social Work, sponsored a panel discussion on social assistance during the 2015 conference of the Canadian Association for Social Work Education. The goal of the panel discussion was to examine the issue of concern to social policy researchers that Canada has had no national standards on social assistance since the termination of the Canada Assistance Plan in 1996.
As an introduction to this panel discussion, Professor Allan Moscovitch presented a brief history of social assistance in Canada and the issue of the lack of national standards. Next James Hughes, former Deputy Minister of the Department of Social Development of New Brunswick spoke about New Brunswick’s trailblazing Poverty Reduction Strategy through a widely acclaimed citizen engagement process. This was followed by a presentation by Pierre-Marc Daigneault, Professor from the Political Science Department of Laval University, on the evolution of social assistance in Quebec. We then heard from John Stapleton, a Fellow with the Metcalf Foundation, who spoke about the hazards facing low income people navigating the social assistance system in Ontario. The last panelist was Shauna McKinnon, professor of Inner City Studies of the University of Winnipeg. She presented on social assistance in Manitoba since the termination of the Canada Assistance Plan.The panel discussion concluded with each panelist giving their recommendations on what should happen to social assistance moving forward.
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For your convenience, we have also spotlighted each presenter in order of appearance, and have included their PowerPoint presentations, as well as the summary reports focusing on Quebec and Manitoba.