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25 January 2007January 25, 2007

Social assistance: What North American reforms can teach us

Economic Note on the social assistance reforms instituted in the United States and in some Canadian provinces

Social assistance: What North American reforms can teach us

In the past dozen years, the number of people on social assistance has fallen sharply across North America. In Quebec, the number of recipients went from 813,200 in March 1996 to 492,941 in October 2006, or 6.4% of the population, the lowest level since the late 1970s. Despite this, the province has the continent’s highest proportion of people on social assistance apart from Newfoundland and the District of Columbia. This reflects both a traditionally higher level and a lower reduction than elsewhere.


Links of interest

Quebeckers’ opinion on social assistance payments :: Léger Marketing-MEI Public Poll, January 2007

Four out of five people in Quebec say social assistance should be fully conditional - Success elsewhere shows the way to social assistance reform :: Media Release, January 25, 2007

Le Point de l'IEDM sur la réforme de l'aide sociale :: Le Point (in French) on a central aspect of welfare reform: making work worth more, October 5, 2004

La pauvreté n'est pas une condition permanente :: Economic note (in French) on poverty and social mobility May 1st, 2001

La croissance profite aux pauvres :: Economic Note (in French) summarizing a study done by two World Bank Economists, March 1st, 2001

L’État-providence et les pauvres :: Economic Note (in French) on the impact of social programs on poverty, October 1st, 2000



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