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Nunavut government pitches big changes to welfare policy
With 39 per cent of population on welfare, government wants simpler system, more incentives to work

http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/stories/article/65674nunavut_government_pitches_many_changes_to_welfare_policy/
June 28, 2016
The Government of Nunavut’s welfare, or “income assistance,” system is too complicated and throws up too many barriers that reduce incentives to work or train, a Government of Nunavut report released last week has found. To fix that, the report, entitled Reducing dependence, Supporting communities, proposes 20 “reforms” for the GN to do on a step-by-step basis starting later this year.

Reducing dependence. Supporting communities:
Report on the review and reform of Income Assistance and Economic Development
(e-pub format, 40 pages)
https://www.scribd.com/doc/316935639/Reducing-dependence-Supporting-communities
June 2016

Related ink:

Social Assistance in Nunavut
http://www.gov.nu.ca/family-services/information/social-assistance-sa

Income Assistance in Nunavut
http://www.gov.nu.ca/family-services/information/income-assistance
- includes Social Assistance, Senior Citizen Supplementary Benefit, Senior Fuel Subsidy, Nunavut Child Benefit and Day Care Subsidy

What Will it Take to Make Real
Progress on Northern Food Security?
A FOOD BANKS CANADA REPORT
(PDF - 1.5MB, 12 pages)
https://www.foodbankscanada.ca/getmedia/f6ce7d1e-849a-416c-b04b-9fbd6c5e46fb/Northern-Food-Security-EN-FINAL.pdf
April 2016
This paper provides a brief overview of the evidence, and presents a number of policy recommendations for federal, provincial and territorial governments. These recommendations extend from an understanding of poverty, decreasing access to traditional foods, and the high cost of store-bought foods as key causes of food insecurity.

Is Nutrition North Canada on Shifting Ground?
A FOOD BANKS CANADA REPORT (PDF - 1.2MB, 12 pages)
https://www.foodbankscanada.ca/getmedia/fe96a7c2-4910-463c-9277-29dd5e0c96c9/Shifting-Ground-EN-FINAL.pdf
April 2016
The Food Mail program, which was replaced by Nutrition North Canada, helped to create a grocery retailing environment in the north that was markedly different from what exists in the south. (...) We make the case that Nutrition North Canada is a simple subsidy for northern retailers that has been built on a flawed, overly-ambitious policy rationale. If the program is to continue in its current form, it can and should be grounded in a more realistic and comprehensive policy and program approach to the price of food in the north.

Source:
Food Banks Canada
https://www.foodbankscanada.ca/

Government consultation gives residents chance to vent about Nunavut’s social assistance system:
http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/stories/article/65674-heres_your_chance_to_vent_about_nunavuts_social_assistance_system/
November 23, 2015

Ten Things to Know About Homelessness in Canada’s North
http://www.northernpublicaffairs.ca/index/falvo-ten-things-to-know-about-homelessness-in-canadas-north
March 25, 2015
Nick Falvo on the state of homelessness and housing in Northern Canada:

On March 5 (2015), I gave a presentation on homelessness in Canada’s North at a panel at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Alaska Anthropological Association. The other presenters on the panel were Peter Collings, Carmen Springer, Josh Louwerse and Sally Carraher. My presentation was loosely based on previous research I’ve done in the Northwest Territories (NWT) and the Yukon.
NOTE : This text includes links to over two dozen related resources.

Here are 10 things one should know about homelessness in Canada’s North:
(Click the link above for more on each of the 10 items.)

1. Construction costs are higher in Canada’s North than in most southern jurisdictions.
2. Once housing is built, it deteriorates more quickly in the North than it would in a southern jurisdiction.
3. Operating costs for housing are usually higher in the North.
4. Federal funding for social housing in Canada’s North is declining.
5. There is very little supportive housing in Canada’s North.
6. Conditions in homeless shelters in the North leave much to be desired.
7. There is insufficient ‘harm reduction’ programming in Canada’s North.
8. The “housing first” philosophy is not widely embraced throughout Canada’s North.
9. Access to affordable housing remains a major challenge in Canada’s North.
10. When considering homelessness in Canada’s North, it’s important to understand migration patterns.

Nick Falvo is a PhD Candidate in the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University.

Source:
Northern Public Affairs
http://www.northernpublicaffairs.ca/

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More reports, atrticles, presentations, etc.
by Nick Falvo

http://www.homelesshub.ca/search-resources?keywords=falvo
- incl. links to dozens of resources, mostly focusing on homelessness and Canada's North

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- Go to the Homelessness and Housing Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/homeless.htm

February 25, 2015

NUNAVUT BUDGET 2015-16
http://www.gov.nu.ca/information/budget-2015-16

2015-2016 Budget Highlights (PDF - 436KB, 2 pages)
http://www.gov.nu.ca/sites/default/files/2015-16_budget_highlights_en_in.pdf
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$15 M to support instruction, school operations and teacher development.
* $5 M to support mental health and addictions programing, with a focus on improving front-line delivery.
* The government will also introduce a new Public Health Act, replacing current law that has not changed in 60 years.
* $4 M to improve community health services.
* We are also taking steps to define and enhance residential care for our seniors.
* $1 M for community transportation projects and another $1 M for a new initiative to manage contaminated sites.

2015-2016 Budget Address (PDF - 619KB, 13 pages)
http://www.gov.nu.ca/sites/default/files/2015-16_budget_address_en.pdf
Feb 2015

2015-2016 Fiscal and Economic Indicators (PDF - 1MB, 13 pages)
http://www.gov.nu.ca/sites/default/files/2015-16_fiscal_and_economic_indicators_en.pdf

2015-2016 Main Estimates (PDF - 11.2MB, 326 pages)
http://www.gov.nu.ca/sites/default/files/main_estimates_2015-2016_-_english_-_for_web_0.pdf

2015-2016 Capital Estimates (PDF - 1.6MB, 166 pages)
http://www.gov.nu.ca/sites/default/files/_2015-16_capital_estimates_-_english_0.pdf

2015-2018 Government of Nunavut and Territorial Corporations Business Plan (PDF - 3.5MB, 410 pages)
http://www.gov.nu.ca/sites/default/files/2015-2018_government_of_nunavut_and_territorial_corporations_business_plan.pdf

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Related links:

Nunavut to spend more on health, education next fiscal year
http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/stories/article/65674nunavut_to_spend_more_on_health_education_next_fiscal_year/
February 25, 2015
In an cheery speech given Feb. 25 at the Nunavut legislature, Nunavut Finance Minister Keith Peterson unveiled a budget for 2015-16 that will see Nunavut get more and spend more, especially on education, health, economic development and staff housing.

Source:
Nunatsiaq News
http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/

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Nunavut budget attempts to deal with ‘tsunami’ of young people through education
http://www.news1130.com/2015/02/25/nunavut-government-tables-stand-pat-budget-focused-on-education/
February 25, 2015
IQALUIT, Nunavut – Nunavut’s government has tabled a stand-pat budget with the territory’s fourth small surplus in a row. But the most arresting number in Finance Minister Keith Peterson’s speech Wednesday didn’t have a dollar sign in front of it. “Today, almost one-third of Nunavummiut are under the age of 15,” Peterson told the legislature.That’s about twice the percentage as the Canadian average and explains why education was the big winner in the budget with a 10 per cent increase.

Source:
News1130

http://www.news1130.com/

Department responsible for welfare
Family Services

Name of the welfare program
Income Assistance (IA)

Legislation
Social Assistance Act (PDF)
- Nunavut Social Assistance Regulations
NOTE: Use the Nunavut Dept of Justice legislation search engine to find the latest version of the Social Assistance Act and Regulations.

Policy Manual
No policy manual, but more info about IA

Welfare statistics
See Social Assistance caseload/beneficiary statistics and expenditure information, 1997 to 2014 --- UPDATED APRIL 1, 2015
See:
Number of People on Welfare, March 1995 to March 2005 (PDF file - 133K, 1 page)
Source: National Council of Welfare

Welfare rates (benefits)
- "Schedule A" of the Regulations (see above) contains social assistance benefit levels

Latest search results on Google.ca for
"welfare, -child, -animal, Nunavut"

- Web search results
- News search results
- Blog search results


May 25, 2009
From the

Canadian Council on Social Development
:

Nunavut
Understanding Poverty in Nunavut
(PDF - 1.7MB, 77 pages)
By Impact Economics
August 2012

Source:
Poverty Reduction Policies and Programs
Social Development Report Series, 2009
[ Canadian Council on Social Development ]

Also from CCSD :

Poverty Reduction Policies and Programs in Canada (PDF - 341K, 29 pages)
By David I. Hay, Information Partnership

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HELP WANTED
Security Guard : two positions, indeterminate
Nunavut Arctic College
Rankin Inlet
Salary : Starting at $47, 892 + $18, 517 (Northern Allowance)
"Priority will be given to Nunavut Land Claims Beneficiaries."
(Source : Nunatsiaq Online [small PDF file]:
http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/ads/banner_pdfs/7640.pdf

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Welfare plays too big a role in Nunavut’s income security system: report
http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/stories/article/65674welfare_plays_for_too_prominent_a_role_in_nunavuts_income_security_sys/
December 11, 2013
A report on poverty in Nunavut suggests the territory must gradually wean its residents off social assistance, and at the same time beef up income programs and child tax benefits to eventually replace welfare with a new concept called “basic income.” Those recommendations come from a November report [see link below] prepared by the Caledon Institute of Social Policy, commissioned by Nunavut’s Anti-Poverty Secretariat to look at the Nunavut social policies aimed at low-income people. The good news, according to the report, is that Nunavut already has a range of income security programs in place. The bad news: too many Nunavummiut rely on it.

Source:
Nunatsiaq Online
http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/
TIP : For more coverage by Nunatsiaq Online about welfare and poverty,
go to the home page and enter the word poverty or welfare in the Search box on that page.


Poverty Reduction in Nunavut
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty.htm#nu

NOTE: The above link takes you to the Nunavut section of the
Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page of this site:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty.htm

Since May 2010, ALL links to content concerning poverty reduction strategies and campaigns have been moved to the above page from the individual provincial/territorial pages, including government and NGO links.

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Minimum Wage:

Current and Forthcoming Minimum Hourly Wage Rates for Adult Workers in Canada
- federal govt. site --- the best resource for info on current and upcoming minimum wage levels
Source :
Minimum Wage Database

 


Hotlinks
The links below will take you directly to the following
Nunavut government and non-governmental web pages:

Government of Nunavut
Family Services
Department of Education
Department of Finance
Department of Health and Social Services

Nunatsiaq News

 

Key welfare links

Department responsible for welfare
Family Services

Name of the welfare program
Income Assistance (IA)

Legislation
Social Assistance Act
- Nunavut Social Assistance Regulations
NOTE: Use the Nunavut Dept of Justice legislation search engine to find the latest version of the Social Assistance Act and Regulations.

Policy Manual
No policy manual, but here's more info about IA

Welfare statistics
(no welfare stats)
See also:
Number of People on Welfare, March 1995 to March 2005 (PDF file - 133K, 1 page)
Source: National Council of Welfare

Welfare rates (benefits)
- "Schedule A" of the Regulations (see above) contains social assistance benefit levels

Latest search results on Google.ca for
"welfare, -child, -animal, Nunavut"

- Web search results
- News search results
- Blog search results


For more information about welfare in other Canadian jurisdictions,
see the
Canadian Social Research Links Key Provincial/Territorial Welfare Links page

Department of Education - responsible for income support in Nunavut
(see the welfare links in the grey box above right.)

 


Poverty Reduction in Nunavut

NOTE: this link takes you to the Nunavut section of the
Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page of this site:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty.htm

Since May 2010, ALL links to content concerning poverty reduction strategies and campaigns have been moved to the above page from the individual provincial/territorial pages, including government and NGO links.

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Note: the content below is from links that have expired;
I've kept the text here for historical purposes.

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Income Support Policy Review
"The Bathurst Mandate calls for a review of the Income Support program within five years. In meeting this, the Minister of Education, in early 2000, appointed an Income Support Policy Review Panel to undertake public discussions with citizens across the territory."
- Brief description of the context of the review, along with links to the Panel's report and the Department (of Education) response, in Inuktitut, English and French.

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Exemptions for working income support clients increased starting July 1, 2002
News Release
"IQALUIT, Nunavut (June 26, 2002) - Education Minister Peter Kilabuk today announced the government has increased the exemption level for the amount of money that can be earned before there are deductions from income support. Effective July 1, 2002, the earned income exemption for working families on income support increases to $400 per month and
for single people to $200. The old rates were $300 for families and $150 for individuals.
'In response to the community consultations we conducted on the income support program, we felt that the exemption levels did not reflect the needs in Nunavut,'said Minister Kilabuk. The new exemption levels will continue to encourage people on income support to seek and keep jobs.
'These increases are a part of the work we are undertaking in reshaping the income support program to meet the needs and concerns of Nunavummiut,' said Minister Kilabuk. Other improvements include a greater focus on training opportunities for income support recipients and transition benefits for those returning to work."

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A New Vision, A New Direction (PDF file - 140K, 36 pages)
Report Prepared by the Department of Education
Departmental response to the report of the Income Support Policy Review Panel
November 22, 2001
This report contains a Proposed Plan of Action to deal with each of the 46 recommendations of the Income Support Policy Review.
"The Panel called for action in three broad areas: client services, program administration and community development. (...) The plan of action that follows addresses these concerns and proposes a 'made in Nunavut' solution that responds to the Income Support Review Panel’s forty-six recommendations and better meets the needs of clients, communities and the
Nunavut Government."

Nunavut Department of Finance


From the
Nunavut Department of Finance:
http://www.finance.gov.nu.ca/

Nunavut Budget 2013
http://www.finance.gov.nu.ca/apps/authoring/dspPage.aspx?page=budgets&year=2013
February 27, 2013
- main budget page, includes all budget documents, some of which appear below.

2013-14 Budget Address (PDF - 448K, 10 pages)
http://www.finance.gov.nu.ca/apps/fetch/download.aspx?file=Budgets%2fBudget+Address%2f634988569764843750-741266421-2013-14+Budget+Address+-+EN.pdf

2013-14 Budget Highlights (PDF - 468K,2 pages)
http://www.finance.gov.nu.ca/apps/authoring/dspPage.aspx?page=budgets&year=2013
The Government of Nunavut is investing across government priorities.
Highlights include:
o $1.9 million in the Pathway for Adult Secondary School (PASS), a program to help Nunavut’s adults earn their high school diplomas.
o $7.0 M to the Department of Culture and Heritage, to promote the equal status of Inuktitut, English and French and to help GN departments and agencies meet their language obligations.
o $4.2 M to hamlets through a new Municipal Funding Formula, which will help hamlets improve their services to Nunavummiut.
o $1.4 M to support the GN’s participation in assessments of major mining projects, so we continue to ensure a high standard of environmental stewardship in sustainable
development.

2013-14 Main Estimates (PDF - 3.9MB, 314 pages)
http://www.finance.gov.nu.ca/apps/fetch/download.aspx?file=Budgets%2fMain+Estimates%2f634988576461875000-663546179-2013-14+Main+Estimates+-+EN.pdf

2013 Business Plans:
* 2013-16 Government of Nunavut Business Plan (PDF - 2MB, 279 pages)
http://www.finance.gov.nu.ca/apps/fetch/download.aspx?file=Business+Plans%2f634992948487027500-38981332-2013-16+GN+Business+Plan+-+EN.pdf
* 2013-16 Territorial Corporations Business Plan (PDF - 3.4MB, 127 pages)
http://www.finance.gov.nu.ca/apps/fetch/download.aspx?file=Business+Plans%2f634992952410933750-858953870-2013-16+Territorial+Corporations+Business+Plan+-+EN.pdf

Source:
Nunavut Department of Finance

http://www.finance.gov.nu.ca/

- Go to the 2013 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2013.htm

NOTE: On this page, you'll find information about the latest provincial/territorial budget only.

To avoid unnecessary duplication of budget links on multiple pages, I've moved links to all earlier budgets over to the pages below, organized by fiscal year. The pages below include links to media analysis and selected critique from NGOs on the budgets, and the amount of coverage varies across jurisdictions and over the years.

Go to Canadian Government Budgets 2013
Go to Canadian Government Budgets 2012
Go to Canadian Government Budgets 2011
Go to Canadian Government Budgets 2010
Go to Canadian Government Budgets 2009
Go to Canadian Government Budgets 2008

Go to Canadian Government Budgets 2007
Go to Canadian Government Budgets 2006
Go to Canadian Government Budgets 2005
Go to Canadian Government Budgets 2004

Non-governmental links:

Homeless in the Homeland:
A Growing Problem For Indigenous People in Canada's North

November 2010
By Frances Abele, Nick Falvo and Arlene Haché*
Today, homelessness and inadequate housing in northern Canada disproportionately afflicts Indigenous people. This is a striking fact in a region where Indigenous people lived very independently (though of course not autarkicly) until the second half of the twentieth century. In the years since then both economic development and state initiatives have transformed their lives.
Source:
Parity Magazine : November 2010 "Homelessness and Dispossession" Edition
Parity is the national homelessness publication of the Council to Homeless Persons in Australia
[ * Frances Abele is professor of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University, Ottawa. Nick Falvo is a doctoral candidate in the same program. Arlene Haché is executive director of the Yellowknife Women’s Society. ]


From the
National Council of Welfare (NCW):

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NOTE : The National Council of Welfare closed its doors and shut down its website at the end of September 2012.
For more information, see http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ncw.htm

The links to the three reports below are functional because the files are copied to my web server.
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Over the years, the Council has produced many reports on poverty and welfare, but there are three that stand out in my mind as milestone reports on the history of welfare in Canada, at least since the 1980s.

1. 1987
Welfare in Canada: The Tangled Safety Net
(PDF - 2.7MB, 131 pages)
November 1987
Tangled Safety Net examines the following issues in Canadian social assistance network of programs:
* Complex rules * Needs-testing * Rates of assistance * Enforcement * Appeals * Recommendations
This report is the first comprehensive national analysis of social assistance programs operated by the provincial, territorial and municipal governments. These programs function as the safety net for Canadians and are better known by their everyday name ‘welfare’.

Version française :
Le bien-être social au Canada : Un filet de sécurité troué (PDF - 3Mo., 138 pages)
Novembre 1987
[ NOTA : Si vous trouvez un lien vers ce fichier en français, veuillez communiquer avec moi pour le partager.
Merci! gilseg@rogers.com ]

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2. 1992
Welfare Reform
(PDF - 2.8MB, 61 pages)
Summer 1992
This report is an update of the 1987 Tangled Safety Net, but it presents information by jurisdiction rather than by issue - covers all provinces and territories.

Version française:
Réforme du bien-être social (PDF - 3,5Mo., 63 pages)

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3. 1997
Another Look at Welfare Reform
(PDF - 6.75MB, 134 pages)
Autumn 1997
- an in-depth analysis of changes in Canadian welfare programs in the 1990s. The report focuses on the provincial and territorial reforms that preceded the repeal of the Canada Assistance Plan and those that followed the implementation of the Canada Health and Social Transfer in April 1996.
[Proactive disclosure : I did the research for, and wrote the provincial-territorial section of, this report while I was on a one-year secondment to the Council. Gilles ]

Version française:
Un autre regard sur la réforme du bien-être social (PDF - 8Mo., 148 pages)

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Companion document to
Another Look:

Overview of Provincial (and Territorial)
Welfare Reforms in the 1990s

October 1998
Fifteen pages of research notes used in the production of Another Look at Welfare Reform.
HINT: There's a WEALTH of information on provincial-territorial welfare reforms in these pages that didn't make it to the final report!

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Source:
National Council of Welfare
Established in 1969, the Council is an advisory group to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (originally the Minister of Health and Welfare Canada). The mandate of the Council is to advise the Minister regarding any matter relating to social development that the Minister may refer to the Council for its consideration or that the Council considers appropriate.

October 6 (2012)
The National Council of Welfare closed its doors and shut down its website at the end of September 2012.
For more information, see http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ncw.htm

 


Nunavut Provincial Election Resources
No set date for the next territorial election, but it will take place in 2013
Source:
Election Almanac
- complete coverage of federal, provincial and territorial elections in Canada including election results, public opinion polls, ridings and candidates, election news, electoral history, links, and more

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- Go to the Political Parties and Elections Links in Canada (Provinces and Territories) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/politics_prov_terr.htm

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