Low Earnings, Unfilled Prescriptions

  The assumption that working age Canadians receive health benefits through their employers is based on outdated beliefs about the labour market. Our study Low Wages, No Benefits showed that one-third of working Ontarians do not have employer-provided health benefits. Among our findings: • One-third of working Canadians do not receive …

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Women Living with Long-Term Disabilities in Ontario – Policy Brief

This policy review is linked to the findings of the companion report, Women Living with Long-Term Disabilities in Ontario, on our pilot study of 15 women across the Greater Toronto Area who were receiving disability income supports from a government program or private long-term disability provider. The review …

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Low Wages, No Benefits

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One-third of workers in Ontario do not receive employer-provided benefits. Seniors and those receiving social assistance are eligible for some level of public coverage, however, low-income Ontarians who are employed, are falling through the cracks without any health coverage at all. Living with low income …

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Healthy Policy For A Healthy Toronto

Toronto CIty Hall - What the candidates aren't talking about

Our Mayoral Health Equity Impact Assessments came out each week in the final lead up to the Toronto 2014 Mayoral election. With these pieces we hoped to provide insight into the important policy issues that impact the health of Torontonians, and asked the question, What …

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Why Do Trans People Avoid Emergency Departments?

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Nobody likes going to the emergency department, but it’s reassuring to know that its there if we need it. New research from the Trans PULSE study, one of the longest running community-academic partnerships in research in the province, however, found that 21 percent of transgender, transsexual, or transitioned (trans) …

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Dealing With Urban Health Crises: Responses To Cuts To The Interim Federal Health Program

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Dealing with Urban Health Crises: Responses to Cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program was presented to  the International Conference on Urban Health, Manchester, United Kingdom, March 7, 2014.

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Refugee Health Cuts: Lessons From An Avoidable Urban Health Crisis

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It has been over a year and a half since reforms to the Interim Federal Health program (IFH) resulted in cuts to refugee health benefits. In that time we have seen an urban health crisis unfold across the country. As we have documented in our several …

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The Real Cost of Cutting the Interim Federal Health Program

Refugees are among the most vulnerable people in Canada. They have experienced persecution in their home country and, as a consequence are at greater risk of poor health, especially mental health. Historically, these health needs were recognized by the Interim Federal Health (IFH) program, which …

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The Real Cost Of Cutting The Interim Federal Health Program

On June 30, 2012, the federal government made changes to the Interim Federal Health (IFH) program that resulted in the effective elimination of health care coverage for many refugees and refugee claimants and reduced access to health care services for most. The new program provides …

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