Recent Publications

Caledon Institute Federal Policy Monitor

April 2015
April 2015 saw the release of the federal Budget, as well as a response paper written by Caledon's Ken Battle, Sherri Torjman and Michael Mendelson (see "The 2015 Deficit-of-Ideas Budget").  See also details of the Auditor General's Spring report and several papers released by the Parliamentary Budget Officer. Previous editions of the Federal Policy Monitor are searchable on the Caledon site.

The Economy is not Working for the Majority

Analysis about our economy tends to focus on indicators that have, at best, questionable relevance to a large proportion of our population. In other words, I suspect that those who are most vocal about the robustness of our economy are actually a minority of people who benefit the most from the economy. For access to more articles and white papers I have written, please visit http://www.markholmgren.com Follow me on Twitter @mjholmgren  

Supporting Rural Community Engagement

A report by the Economic Developers Council of Ontario
Evolving the Competitive Edge: Rural Community Engagement - A report highlighting key findings from a dialogue co-hosted by the Rural Ontario Institute and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) at the Economic Developers’ Council of Ontario (EDCO) annual conference. Authored by:
Ryan Lipcsei,
Brittany Bruce,
and Dr. Tara Vinodrai

Provincial/Territorial Monitor

March 2015
It's Budget season!  See social policy-related details from the 2015-16 Budgets of New Brunswick, Quebec, Saskatchewan and Alberta.   A report on Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy is also highlighted in this month's Monitor. Be sure to check the Caledon Institute website for previous issues and to search your areas of interest by jurisdiction and subject.  

Federal Policy Monitor

March 2015
March 2015 saw two reports of particular note from the Parliamentary Budget Officer: "How Much Does the Federal Government Spend on Child Care and Who Benefits?" and "The Family Tax Cut."  For details of these and other reports and announcements, be sure to read this month's Monitor and check the Caledon website to search previous issues.

Social Assistance Summaries 2014

The informative Social Assistance Statistics Report, published by the federal and provincial/territorial governments, was last released in 2010 and presented 2008 data.  In its place, the Caledon Institute will publish a Social Assistance Summaries series as part of its web-based Canada Social Report, which will be operational in spring 2015.  In the interim, this publication offers an advance viewing of 12 of Canada’s 13 provincial and territorial Social Assistance programs.  Material from Nunavut was not available in time to be included in this paper. A summary was prepared for each province and territory with input and feedback from government representatives in every jurisdiction.  All reports include program descriptions and data on the number of social assistance cases and recipients dating, in most jurisdictions, from 1997 to 2014.  The summaries will be updated annually.

Provincial/Territorial Monitor

February 2015
British Columbia released its 2015 Budget.  See highlights in this month's Monitor, as well as details of many new initiatives in Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.  Search previous issues on the Caledon website.

Federal Policy Monitor

February 2015
February brought cold weather and lots of announcements in the areas of caregiving, governance and income security.  Read and search older issues at Caledon's website.

January 2015

Caledon Institute Federal Policy Monitor
January's low oil prices and their impact on federal spending is the focus of a report by the Parliamentary Budget Officer.  Two other PBO reports - the Fiscal Monitor and the Expenditure Monitor - provide details of government revenues and expenditures.   Previous issues of the Federal Monitor (2013, 2014) are searchable on the Caledon website

January 2015

Caledon Institute Provincial/Territorial Policy Monitor
Given January's focus on mental health, it is perhaps not surprising that two provinces - New Brunswick and Ontario - announced measures to improve access to care.  This month's Monitor also features several disability programming measures announced by Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan and Yukon Territory. Provincial/Territorial Monitors are searchable by jurisdiction and subject area on the Caledon website. They ofer a very powerful way to review and compare progress on social policy initiatives across the country.