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The Caledon Institute is a social policy think tank.

Established in 1992, the Caledon Institute of Social Policy is a private, nonprofit organization with charitable status. It is supported primarily by the Maytree Foundation, located in Toronto. Caledon is an independent and critical voice that does not depend on government funding and is not affiliated with any political party. Caledon welcomes charitable donations from individuals and organizations and occasionally undertakes contract projects for governments and nongovernmental organizations on the basis that such work advances Caledon's research agenda, but does not define it.

The Caledon Institute of Social Policy does rigorous, high-quality research and analysis; seeks to inform and influence public opinion and to foster public discussion on poverty and social policy; and develops and promotes concrete, practicable proposals for the reform of social programs at all levels of government and of social benefits provided by employers and the voluntary sector. Caledon's work covers a broad range of social policy areas including income security (e.g., pensions, welfare, child benefits, Employment Insurance, benefits for Canadians with disabilities), community capacity-building, taxation, social spending, employment development services, social services, disability supports and health. While Caledon focuses on Canadian issues, it draws upon international experience and innovations in social policy. Caledon also seeks to inform social policy experts and policy makers in other countries on issues and developments in Canadian social policy.

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-The Canada Social Report... So Far -Training Programs Need a Hard Look -Minimum Wage Rates in Canada: 1965-2015 -MaRS: The Big-Brain Approach to Prosperity -Delivery of Social Benefits through the Personal Income Tax -Guaranteed Income or Guaranteed Incomes? -Options for a Refundable Disability Tax Credit for ‘working age’ persons -Economic Policy Needs a Broader Conversation -We Are All Disabled -Child Benefits in Canada: Politics Versus Policy -Poverty and Poetry -Tax credits: great politics, bad policy -Disability Supports: Missing on the Policy Radar -The 2015 Deficit-of-Ideas Budget -Is Canada (Still) a Fiscal Union?: Michael Mendelson -Architecture of Federal Income Security in Canada: Ken Battle -Social Policy Challenges for Canada: Sherri Torjman -In Canada, the new solitudes are East vs. West -Picture - Sherri Torjman -Canada’s English-French divide giving way to East-West economic split, scholar says -Video - Data Rescue -Video - Sherri Torjman: Five Good Ideas about Policy -Video - Sherri Torjman: Canada@150 address -Video - Sherri Torjman: Shared Space & Community Recreation -

Minimum Wage Rates in Canada: 1965-2015

Ken Battle, September 25, 2015

Minimum wages are among Canada’s oldest and most important social programs.  Contrary to what some would have us believe, though, minimum wages are not on the decline.  This report finds that

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