Canadian Pension Plan Disability is Failing Many of the Most Vulnerable Canadians

It is a disgrace that many Canadians, with long-lasting and severe disabilities, have to wait for years to see if they can get CPPD benefits.

Working Canadians, even the self-employed, contribute to the Canadian Pension Plan (CPP) our national public pension plan. The Canada Pension Plan Disability (CPPD) is the largest long-term disability insurance program in Canada under the CPP.

For Canadians who contributed to the CPP during their working years, qualifying for CPPD is very difficult due to the requirements of “severe and prolonged disability” – an ongoing issue.  Canadians who paid into the CPP are entitled to benefits when they need it most. [Read more…]

Poor Health Care and Food Security among Factors that Determine Higher Mental Distress among Inuit

The social determinants of health, including income, health care services, food security and housing, shape the health of the Inuit population.

Inuit women had higher average mental distress scores than Inuit men, according to a recent Statistics Canada report on the social determinants of health of higher mental health distress among the Inuit. Difficulty accessing health care, low or very low food security, living with physical chronic conditions and moderate to weak family ties were the four key predictors of mental health distress among Inuit men and women. [Read more…]

“Temporary Foreign Workers” are Part of the Free Trade Package Deal

In the last decade, there has been a steady increase in the number of “temporary foreign workers” who come to work in Canada under free trade agreements.  Between 2005 and 2014, free trade agreement workers have doubled and intra-company transferees have tripled. (see Fig. 1)  Back in 2013, there was a huge public outcry when the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) replaced Canadian workers with intra-company transferees. [Read more…]

National Migrant Workers Coalition Launched!

The Coalition for Migrant Workers Rights – Canada (CMWRC) a new national advocacy coalition for migrant workers was launched today. The newly minted CMWRC has member organizations in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, PEI, and Quebec. As part of this special day, the CMWRC has launched MoVE, a campaign for Mobility, Voice and Equality for migrant workers from the Caregiver Program, Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program and Temporary Foreign Worker Program. [Read more…]

Canada’s Declining Commitment to Refugee Protection

Over the last 20 years, refugees as a share of all permanent residents to Canada were the lowest in six recent years—2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014. [Read more…]

Low Education Levels and Income Significant to Increased Likelihood of Pre-mature Avoidable Deaths of Indigenous Peoples

Disparities in avoidable mortality of Indigenous Peoples compared to non-Indigenous population were associated with inequalities in education and income.

Indigenous men are 2.0 times as likely to die from avoidable causes, and Indigenous women 2.5 times more likely, compared to non-Indigenous Canadians, according to a Statistics Canada study of adults 25 years and over. The youngest age group of Indigenous Peoples in the study, those aged 25 to 34, had the highest risk of dying from avoidable causes. [Read more…]

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