Welfare Re-form: The Future of Social Policy in Canada Luncheon and Keynote Address
Keynote Presenter: Sherri Torjman, Vice-President of the Caledon Institute of Social Policy
Panel discussion to follow keynote presentation entitled “Saskatchewan Practitioners’ Perspectives on the Current and Future Challenges of Canadian Social Assistance” with Peter Gilmer, Regina Anti-Poverty Ministry, Rick August, President of RJ August Consulting Inc. and Dan Perrins, Director of Outreach and Training, JSGS and moderated by Dr. Daniel Béland, Canada Research Chair, JSGS.
Thursday, October 24, 2013 | 11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Oak Room, Ramada Hotel & Convention Centre, 1818 Victoria Avenue, Regina, SK
Regular: $50.00 (plus GST)
Full-Time Student: $25.00 (plus GST)
Non-Profit: $25.00 (plus GST)
Registration is required and is accepted online only. To register, please visit www.schoolofpublicpolicy.sk.ca and find this luncheon and keynote address on our Events Calendar.
The Caledon Institute used to believe that the future of social policy hinged on significant improvements to the welfare system in Canada to bolster benefits and improve access. We now believe that the future of social policy requires wholesale welfare re-form, with a virtual dismantling of welfare and its reconstruction into a new architecture of income security in this country. In six words or less: from welfare reform to welfare reformulation. Welfare is a rule-bound, stigmatizing scheme that guarantees low income. Our studies of income dynamics have led us to conclude that improving welfare can actually confine some recipients to a life of poverty through its insidious trap: the “welfare wall.” We have proposed instead a set of tax-delivered, income-tested programs – child benefits, earnings supplements and disability income − that provide far more effective and more secure forms of income security.
Information on JSGS can be found on our website at: http://www.schoolofpublicpolicy.sk.ca.