Stagnant wages for over 80 percent of Canadian workers

Are wages in Canada stagnant or growing? The short answer is another question: do you live in an oil boom province? There’s a fairly common meme that Canadian wages are no longer stagnating, as opposed to US wages. Indeed, in Canada, overall wage growth has picked up since the last crisis.  Read more…

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Low response in National Housing Survey lead to bias

When the Government of Canada decided to cancel the long form cencus for 2011 and replace it with the voluntary National Household Survey (NHS) many expressed concern NHS data would be less reliable and vulnerable populations would be less likely to participate.  These concerns have proven to be correct.  Read more…
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Researcher needed

A Three-Year, Longitudinal Analysis of the Impact of Social housing with Community Supports on Immigrants and Refugees in Winnipeg

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Manitoba office (CCPA–MB) is an independent, non-partisan research institute concerned with issues of social, economic and environmental justice. Founded in 1980, the CCPA is one of Canada’s leading progressive voices in public policy debates. CCPA has a national office in Ottawa, and provincial offices in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Nova Scotia, as well as Manitoba.

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-Manitoba is contracting a researcher to manage a three-year study in partnership with the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM). IRCOM is a unique organization across Canada combining transitional housing with an array of settlement services such as after school programming, asset building and newcomer literacy. Together this combination has a potential to help newcomers make a successful transition and integration into Canadian society.

This three-year longitudinal study will be conducted in partnership with IRCOM and as part of a broader, three-part longitudinal housing research project titled “Beyond Bricks and Mortar: Housing and Community Supports in Manitoba.” The research will investigate the impact that good quality, affordable and stable housing has on the lives of immigrants and refugees transitioning into Manitoba, specifically when combined with supports and services. The purpose is to determine how housing and related supports affect their settlement process, including employment, social integration and community participation. The researcher will work in close collaboration with IRCOM staff and residents using a community-based participatory research approach. This will investigate the impact of quality affordable housing with community supports, and will document the impacts of the housing and community supports model.

Research questions:

  • What is the impact of quality affordable social housing with community supports on newcomer families?
  • Housing researchers and advocates increasingly recognize that successful social housing projects are more than just about a roof and walls, but also include community supports. What are the best practices for combining housing and community supports?
  • How does stable housing affect residents’ quality of life, including employment, education and social integration?
  • How do people in IRCOM transition out of the program after three years, and type of housing do they secure upon departure?

Methods

The researcher will do interviews with 30 residents/ year, three focus groups with 10 residents/ year for three years. A literature review of newcomer housing issues will be undertaken. A history of IRCOM through review of key documents and key informants will be done. Annual reports will be made back to the community.

Partial funding will flow from the Manitoba Research Alliance’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Grant: Partnering for Change: Community based solutions for Aboriginal and inner-city poverty (www.mra-mb.ca ). The researcher will abide by all SSHRC regulations and will provide research that meets the mandate and goals of the Manitoba Research Alliance (MRA). CCPA/MRA staff will be available to provide guidance regarding compliance with SSHRC and working with the MRA. The remainder of the funding for this project is from the Winnipeg Foundation.

Outputs and timelines

The expected output from the proposed IRCOM project includes:

  • Two 15,000 – 20,000 word reports, the first completed by year one (May 2016) and the second completion of the project (May 2018)
  • Two 800 word CCPA-Mb Fast Facts per year, for a total of six
  • Editing final report for publication
  • Annual presentations to the community and at one Manitoba Research Alliance colloquium

The research project begins May 2015 and runs until May 2018.

Responsibilities

  • Working with CCPA-MB staff to develop and carry out a research plan, including ethics proposal to University of Winnipeg, literature reviews and primary research (interviews, focus groups)
  • Writing and editing a research report
  • Project management of research (organizing meetings, taking minutes)
  • Meeting with researchers from two related housing and community support studies

Qualifications and Skills

  • Excellent research, writing and communication skills
  • Dedication to research and advocacy toward social and economic justice with expertise in issues facing newcomers, community development and inner-city housing issues
  • Experience conducting research with an emphasis on community based participatory research and implications for public policy
  • Expertise in housing and community development policies and programs
  • Experience working with community-based organizations and newcomer communities
  • Undergraduate degree in social sciences required, graduate degree preferred

Compensation

The three-year contract is up to 1,500 hours of work for a maximum $47,000, GST included. A detailed budget of tasks and time required will be made available to short listed candidates.

CCPA MB will provide funding for participant honourarium, interpretation and transcription.

Please submit a cover letter, CV/ résumé and writing sample by March 31, 2015 to Molly McCracken, Director, ccpamb@policyalternatives.ca.

Thank you to all who apply; only those who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Researcher needed: Aboriginal people and homelessness literature review

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Manitoba office (CCPA–MB) is an independent, non-partisan research institute concerned with issues of social, economic and environmental justice. Founded in 1980, the CCPA is one of Canada’s leading progressive voices in public policy debates. CCPA has a national office in Ottawa, and provincial offices in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Nova Scotia, as well as Manitoba.

The CCPA MB is a partner with a broad range of community organizations on the Winnipeg Street Census. We are seeking a researcher to write a short summary of the literature on the root causes of Aboriginal homelessness in Winnipeg. This paper will be included in the Winnipeg Street Census 2015 final report.

Outputs and timelines

The expected output is twofold: a 1,500 word high-level summary of the literature on the root causes of Aboriginal homelessness in Winnipeg and a 750 – 1,000 word summary of local Aboriginal community action/responses to homelessness.

A draft is required by May 31, 2015 with a final draft by June 30, 2015.

Responsibilities

  • Undertake a brief literature review summarizing research on the root causes of Aboriginal homelessness in Winnipeg. Draft a companion document that summarizes current local Aboriginal community responses to homelessness.
  • Meeting with CCPA MB staff and partners from the Winnipeg Street Census, including Aboriginal organizations, to scope out the project and gather information.
  • Create a draft for review and incorporate feedback for final draft.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Excellent research, writing and communication skills
  • Experience conducting literature reviews
  • Dedication to research and advocacy toward social and economic justice with expertise in issues facing Indigenous people, homelessness and housing
  • Aboriginal ancestry an asset
  • Knowledge of Aboriginal traditions and culture an asset
  • Undergraduate degree in social sciences preferred

Compensation

A stipend of $1,500 inclusive of GST.

Please submit a cover letter, CV/ résumé and writing sample by March 23rd, 2015 to Molly McCracken, Director, ccpamb@policyalternatives.ca

Thank you to all who apply; only those who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Counting women in: a gender-based analysis of homelessness

International Women’s Day (IWD) will be celebrated this weekend. Although progress has been made regarding women’s rights and equality, the basic right to a safe and affordable home will be out of reach for too many women across the globe and here in Manitoba.  Continue reading

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Bucking the Trend: Manitoba Defends Workers’ Pensions

Each day Canadian newspapers carry a version of the same story: working Canadians are not prepared for retirement. Statisticians and economists who look at the problem conclude that about half of middle-class baby boomers will experience a steep drop in living standards when they retire.

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Small Scale Food Report is food for thought

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Public demand to buy food directly from farmers is growing. In Manitoba the government response has been slow and the regulatory hurdles are discouraging. The recent release of Advancing the small scale, local food sector in Manitoba is a first step but farmers are asking if it will really make any difference.

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