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A New Kind Of Community Engagement: Building A Better Budget For Toronto

This is a guest post to the Wellesley Institute by Alex Mazer. Alex is a co-founder of Better Budget T.O., an advisor on strategy, regulation, and stakeholder Continue Reading…

Rising Deaths In US Welfare-To-Work Programs Raise Questions At Home

A new study in Florida found a higher death rate for those on welfare-to-work programs than those receiving social assistance who weren’t pushed to work and Continue Reading…

Transit Funding: Is The Glass Half Empty Or Half Full?

There is a consensus building that the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) needs to invest in transit. Voices as diverse as the Labour council, Civic Continue Reading…

Budget Provides Horwath With Possibilities To Negotiate For Ontario Families

Kathleen Wynne’s first budget provides concrete progress on social assistance reforms; but there are also missed opportunities to address increasing Continue Reading…

Confronting Inequality In Ontario With A Public Service Budget

In yesterday’s speech, Finance Minister Sousa pledged to keep taxes at their current levels, and hold government spending growth to 1 percent. This was a Continue Reading…

Quality Jobs, Living Wages And Fair Wages In Toronto

Submission-1

Toronto’s labour market is challenging for many workers who are seeking secure, high quality jobs. These labour market conditions, as described in the staff Continue Reading…

Why We Need To Strengthen Toronto’s Fair Wage Policies

Read our submission to Executive Committee.  Tomorrow, City Council’s executive committee will be considering proposals to strengthen the City’s fair Continue Reading…

What’s the cost of cutting the land transfer tax by 10%?

Mayor Ford has asked city staff to provide a report to executive committee in early July on cutting the Municipal Land Transfer Tax by 10 percent. He stated Continue Reading…

Brief to the Standing Committee on Finance regarding study of Income Inequality in Canada

Brief

The Wellesley Institute is a non-partisan research and policy institute. Our focus is research and pragmatic policy solutions on issues of population health Continue Reading…

Studying income inequality and its links to the austerity program

This month, the federal Finance Committee will begin studying income inequality following up on a motion that was passed in Parliament last year.  The motion Continue Reading…