Recent Publications

Hunger Count 2014

Annual report finds food bank use up 25% since 2008
Food Banks Canada released its annual report on food bank use in Canada that offers a snapshot of the people helped by food banks and other charitable food programs, looks at the causes of hunger and food insecurity, and offers recommendations to reduce hunger. Hunger Count reports that: 841,191 people use food banks each month, one third of them are children 4 million Canadians live in a state of food insecurity, or 10 per cent of the population Food bank use has increased 25 per cent since 2008 One in six food bank users are currently or recently employed    

October 2014

Caledon Institute Provincial/Territorial Policy Monitor
New Brunswick, Ontario, Saskatchewan and British Columbia all report a lot of social-policy related activity this month.  October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month; four jurisdictions release disability-related announcements.  To search previous Monitors by subject and province/territory, visit the Caledon website.

October 2014

Caledon Institute Federal Policy Monitor
October saw the federal government announce details of its plan to introduce income splitting for families as well as planned increases to the Universal Child Care Benefit and Child Care Expense Deduction limits.  That and much more covered in this month's Federal Monitor.  See the Caledon website for previous editions and to search material by subject area.

Simcoe County's Vital Signs

Simcoe County completed its first Vital Signs® report, presented by the Huronia Community Foundation and United Way Greater Simcoe County. 2014 Victoria's Vital Signs® report

Poverty Costs Saskatchewan

A new approach to prosperity for all
Poverty Costs Saskatchewan: A new approach to prosperity for all was produced as part of the Poverty Costs campaign, an initiative involving several community-based organizations including representatives from the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre, the Saskatoon Anti-Poverty Coalition, Upstream, and Unite Digital Marketing Co-op, as well as representatives from the Saskatoon Health Region, and the Saskatoon Poverty Reduction Partnership. Poverty Costs is a campaign to raise awareness about the economic cost of Poverty in Saskatchewan, recently calculated to be $3.8 billion each year in heightened service use and missed economic opportunities, and to mobilize the Saskatchewan community to call for a comprehensive poverty reduction plan. The campaign was developed as an initiative of a working group of the Saskatoon Poverty Reduction Partnership.

Victoria Foundation releases Vital Signs report

Victoria Foundation released its 2014 Victoria's Vital Signs® report, their ninth annual check-up of the Greater Victoria region as a place to live, work, play and grow.

Community Foundation launches Vital Signs 2014

Report on quality of life in Southern Alberta
The Community Foundation of Southeastern Alberta (CFSEA) released the eighth annual 2014 Vital Signs® report, giving Medicine Hatters and for the first time Bow Island residents, more insight into their community. This annual check-up provides an indication of the quality of life, highlighting 11 issue areas, such as Youth, Living Standards, Belonging & Engagement and Environment – virtually transforming local facts and figures into ready-made stories.

Poverty Indicators in Waterloo

Status Report 2014
Waterloo Region released Poverty Indicators in Waterloo Region: Status Report 2014, An Initiative of the Region’s Comprehensive Approach to Poverty Reduction.

September 2014 Federal Policy Monitor

Caledon Institute social policy roundup
September's announcements include changes to Employment Insurance rules, increases in Old Age Security benefits and several governance-related items (of particular note: a pension plan sustainability assessment by the Parliamentary Budget Officer).