National Newswatch

Financing Employment Insurance Reform: Finding the Right Balance

Dec 7 2022 — — As Canada heads toward what is likely to be another recession, the country’s Employment Insurance (EI) program seems no more ready to deal with the expected increase in demand for benefits than it was when the pandemic hit in early 2020. The proportion of unemployed Canadians able to collect EI has fallen from 80 percent […]

Building a Package of Compromise Solutions for EI Reform

Dec 7 2022 — — There is no one set of solutions to address the challenges of EI modernization and financing reform that will satisfy everyone. Those who want to avoid increasing premiums will need to accept compromise solutions that limit increases and provide greater premium stability. Those who want to return to the generous EI system that was in […]

Resentment in the Canadian Federation

Oct 27 2022 — — Canadians in every province are resentful about their province’s place in the federation, but resentment runs higher in some provinces than others. These are the findings of a new Resentment Index that we created using questions from the Confederation of Tomorrow 2022 survey. The results can help us better understand the politics of resentment that […]

Poor Cousin No More: Lessons for Adult Education in Canada from the Past and New Zealand

Sep 8 2022 — — Adult education provides skills development opportunities to help Canadians find better jobs and improve well-being. Yet it remains a “poor cousin” of compulsory and higher education, disconnected from social policy and the education system at large, with its learners and teachers stigmatized. This paper looks at Canada’s past efforts to address these issues by creating […]

Skills Training That Works: Lessons from Demand-Driven Approaches

May 18 2021 — — The postpandemic economic recovery critically depends on whether the thousands of Canadians who have been laid off are able to regain employment. The 2021 federal budget announced additional funding for skills training and employment supports for those most affected by the economic shutdown. However, there is still a great deal of skepticism about the effectiveness […]

Assessing Cash-for-Care Benefits to Support Aging at Home in Canada

Apr 13 2021 — — Canada’s long-term care (LTC) system needs an overhaul. Most older Canadians have only limited access to care that is often of poor quality and fragmented. There are long wait times for admission to LTC institutions, and many who receive care at home report having unmet needs. As a result, family and friends often have to […]

Federalism as a Strength: A Path Toward Ending the Crisis in Long-Term Care

Mar 24 2021 — — In the first eight months of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 80 percent of Canadian deaths occurred in long-term care facilities. There have been calls for the federal government to play a stronger role, but this is complicated by the fact that provinces have adopted a wide range of long-term care policies. Nevertheless, governments could […]

Indigenous Self-Government in Yukon: Looking for Ways to Pass the Torch

Mar 24 2021 — — Yukon has been at the forefront of Indigenous treaty-making for over forty years. Today, 11 of its 14 First Nations have land claims and self-government agreements, accounting for almost half of the total in Canada. By redefining the relationship between First ­Nations and non-First Nations people, these agreements have ­fundamentally altered ­Yukon society. But the […]

New Centre of Excellence on the Canadian Federation Provides Key Insights on National Politics and Public Policy

Sep 24 2020 — — Today, the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP) officially launches its Centre of Excellence on the Canadian Federation, a permanent research body that will build a deeper understanding of Canada as a federal community. With the provincial and federal governments focused on their responses to COVID-19, and all eyes turning to Ottawa as Parliament […]

Canada’s Forgotten Poor? Putting Singles Living in Deep Poverty on the Policy Radar

Sep 22 2020 — — Despite federal, provincial, and territorial governments devoting a lot of effort on plans to reduce poverty in recent years, too many Canadians continue to struggle to meet their basic daily needs on incomes that fall far below the poverty line. And, among all household groups, single persons without dependants are most likely to find themselves […]

The Demographics of Automation in Canada: Who Is at Risk?

Jun 29 2020 — — The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed a new vulnerability among firms that rely on human labour. In order to comply with public health directives on physical distancing, many businesses have had to completely shut down their operations for months. Others remained functional thanks to teleworking, which many intend to prolong and even adopt permanently. As experts […]

Implementation of UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Could Strengthen Reconciliation

Jun 17 2020 — — Policy-makers and officials in Canada have an important international instrument to aid them in the pursuit of Indigenous reconciliation: the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), which recognizes the basic human rights of Indigenous people as well as their rights to self-determination. As the standoff over the Coastal GasLink pipeline earlier […]

Relieving the Burden of Navigating Health and Social Services for Older Adults and Caregivers

Nov 6 2019 — — Canada’s aging population faces a harsh reality: growing numbers of older Canadians with chronic illnesses, disabilities and cognitive impairment are regularly discouraged by the efforts required to access and coordinate fragmented health and social care services. These challenges are often most profound for those who cannot rely on help from family members or friends, but […]