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Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives is an independent, non-partisan research institute concerned with issues of social and economic justice. Founded in 1980, the CCPA is one of Canada’s leading progressive voices in public policy debates.
Low-wage work skyrocketing
June 16, 2015
The low-wage workforce in Ontario grew by 94 per cent over the past 17 years, vastly outstripping the growth in total employment which grew by 30 per cent.
TFSA analysis in Budget 2015 does a number on Canadians
June 3, 2015
The federal budget's claims regarding who would benefit from doubling the Tax Free Savings Account annual contribution ceiling exclude key contextual data thereby leading to erroneous conclusions.
federal budget 2015
tax-free savings account
B.C. government plans for LNG exports jeopardize energy security
May 27, 2015
As the B.C. and federal governments continue to push for LNG development and export, a major new study details the consequences of ramping up fracking.
Unionization key to Canadian middle class economics
May 6, 2015
The share of unionized workers in Canada has dropped by only two percent over the past generation, but union representation dramatically affects workers' ability to move up the middle class ladder.
Canadian labour movement
middle class economics
Living wage rises again in 2015; federal policies leave families struggling to cover basics
April 29, 2015
The wage needed to cover the costs of raising a family in Metro Vancouver is $20.68 per hour. The hourly wage that two working parents with two young children must earn to meet their basic expenses.
BC living wage
Federal budget priorities out of balance with economic, social realities
April 20, 2015
Tomorrow's federal budget may deliver a surplus but it will fall short on delivering solutions to many of the problems Canadians are facing.
It takes $18.52 an hour to make ends meet in Toronto
April 13, 2015
Two working parents with two children need to each earn a minimum of $18.52 an hour just to make ends meet in Toronto, says a new study.
Vancouver parents with young kids want less driving, more transit, cycling and walking
April 6, 2015
A new study offers insights into how parents of young children travel from place to place within Vancouver, and how they'd like to see their experience improve.
Vancouver transit referendum
Think-tank projects federal deficit in 2015-16
March 20, 2015
The 2015 Alternative Federal Budget demonstrates that the federal government's continued obsession with austerity and balancing the budget comes at a cost.
2015 Alternative Federal Budget
B.C. Budget 2015 fails to make real investments in British Columbians
February 23, 2015
Budget 2015 demonstrates a short-sighted focus on recording a surplus instead of a long-term vision that would address serious social and environmental deficits.
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