Fight food insecurity with income

By Molly McCracken The rise in food costs disproportionately affects the poor as food makes up a larger portion of their spending. Increased income, educational programs and northern food subsidies need to work hand in hand if the… Read More

CCPA MB research backs social movements, leveraging change

Evidence-based policy research can exert a powerful force for social change, especially when it stands with the community in its actions and organising. The role of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – Manitoba is to inform social… Read More

Manitoba Budget a Leap Forward for Poverty Reduction

By Lynne Fernandez and Molly McCracken By substantially raising EIA shelter rates and increasing child care spaces, new apprenticeship programs and support to social enterprises, the province is taking action to provide marginalized people with the assistance low… Read More

Government responds to calls to increase EIA shelter allowance

By Molly McCracken This past weekend, Theresa Oswald, Minister of Jobs and the Economy, said she agreed with a long-standing anti-poverty goal. “We agree that 75 percent as a target is the right goal”. The provincial government has… Read More

What government heard about Making Poverty History

By Josh Brandon, Housing and Community Development Researcher Last week, the Provincial government released the results of the consultations it conducted for its ALL Aboard: Poverty Reduction and Social Inclusion Strategy. In an introductory letter, Housing and Community… Read More

Treating Poverty with Income

PDF version by Lynne Fernandez and Sarah Cooper A recent report [PDF] by the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy (MCHP) examines the health of tenants in Manitoba Housing. It finds that overall, tenants in Manitoba Housing have worse… Read More

The Loss of Subidized Housing Through Expiring Operating Agreements

PDF version by Sarah Cooper The ongoing expiry of social housing operating agreements is becoming a more prominent issue across Canada. As these agreements expire, many housing providers are finding that they cannot afford to provide the same… Read More

Policy and Poverty in Manitoba – Budget 2013

PDF version by Kirsten Bernas and Shauna MacKinnon It was a welcome change to hear politicians of all stripes talking about poverty in the lead up to the 2013 provincial budget and in the analysis that followed. Unfortunately… Read More

Losing Ground: How Canada’s Employment Insurance system undermines inner-city and Aboriginal workers

PDF version Full report (PDF) by Ellen Smirl and Lynne Fernandez The EI system allows workers to pay into a plan that is supposed to provide crucial support for workers between jobs, and quality re/training when required. However,… Read More

Report Launch – Losing Ground: How Canada’s Employment Insurance system undermines inner-city and Aboriginal workers

Full report The CCPA-MB will launch its report: Losing Ground: How Canada’s Employment Insurance system undermines inner-city and Aboriginal workers at 10 am, January 10th in room 104 at the Union Centre at Smith and Broadway. The report… Read More