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Caledon Institute of Social Policy saves welfare incomes and poverty profile

Thanks to the Caledon Institute of Social Policy for picking up some of the important social data dropped by the Harper government http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/Detail/?ID=989

The following excerpt from the announcement is a useful analysis of what we have lost:

 
 
Saving Welfare Incomes and Poverty Profile

 

Ken Battle and Sherri Torjman, June 2012

 

Information is under attack in Ottawa.  The controversial decision in 2010 to axe the long-form Census grabbed media headlines and sparked a whirlwind of opposition from a wide range of social and economic organizations and researchers across Canada.

One of the more insidious results of cutting the long-form Census is that other incredibly important surveys – including the Labour Force Survey and Survey of Household Spending upon which the Consumer Price Index is based – no longer have available the gold standard that the complete Census provided in order to calibrate their estimates.

Key social statistics are gone or have been disappeared.

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