Recent Publications

We are All Disabled

Commentary on the changing (dis)ability of Canadians
Disability is an impairment in mental, neurological, motor, sensory or expressive function. The impairment often has an effect on movement, communication or thought.” This commentary from the Caledon Institute of Social Policy tells us that over our lifetime, most Canadians will experience some sort of mental or physical disability, or have a family member experience it in thier lifetime.  Disability is now a likelihood rather than a possibility, and we need to change the way we think about and approach it.  We need to understand ability existing on a spectrum, and to reframe the conversation as 'diverse-ability' rather than 'disability'.  We need to rethink the design of homes, workplaces and communities, to enable us- our partners, parents, grandparents, friends and children- to participate in society. Download the full discussion below.

Poverty in Charlotte County Infographic

Created July 2015
Infographic Poverty Created by Vibrant Communities Charlotte County July 2015. Click here to download the high-resolution PDF version of this infographic.

Provincial/Territorial Monitor

June 2015
June was a blockbuster month for announcements about funding and programming for disabiliites.  BC is pledging to be the most progressive province in the country for people with disabilities, Saskatchewan releases a new disabililities strategy, Newfoundland and Labrador announces a new action plan to further the efforts of its existing strategy, and lots of other jurisdictions strengthen their commitments to improving accessibility.  Don't miss a new NB report: Together: The Impact of the New Brunswick 2009-2014 Economic and Social Inclusion Plan.  See and search this and older Federal and Provincial/Territorial Monitor editions on the newly-lauched Canada Social Report website.

Federal Policy Monitor

June 2015
With Parliament winding down for the summer, Statistics Canada is still busily producing lots of interesting reports, including Volunteering In Canada 2004-13, demographic, employment and family income summaries. See details and search older issues of the Federal and Provincial/Territorial Monitors at the new Canada Social Report site. 

Provincial/Territorial Monitor

April 2015
The April edition contains provincial and territorial Budget highlights from Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Manitoba and Yukon. Previous editions of the Provincial/Territorial Monitor are searchable on the Caledon site.

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.