Making work pay
Current and Completed Projects:
Personal income information for disabilities assistance recipients
This project develops a state-of-the-art income calculator website for British Columbians receiving disability assistance (PWDs) and trains employment services centre case managers in its use. The site is designed to improve access to accurate income information for PWDs, including (a) income estimations for specific job opportunities and (b) a personal account where they can keep track of their earning exemption totals and see the effect that earnings have on their Disability Assistance payments. Case managers introduce their PWD clients to the tool and help them to enter the required information. The project aims to improve clients’ understanding of the effect that earnings and moving in and out of work will have on their Disability Assistance Benefits and overall income. It should raise their confidence in the financial consequences of their employment decisions and reduce financial apprehension when moving into employment. The project is designed as an experimental demonstration to quantify the impact of implementation of the Income Calculator on PWDs’ financial security, their willingness and motivation to seek employment opportunities, and improvements in their medium-to long-term employment outcomes.
Start-end date: February 2016 - January 2019
Sponsor: British Columbia Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation
Social Assistance Rate Level(s) and Withdrawal Models
The project generated three products to inform the ongoing review of social assistance in Ontario. These include: a literature review on existing theoretical and empirical evidence from Canadian provinces and internationally on approaches to setting income assistance rates and withdrawal rates; an environmental scan of existing practices; and an options paper comprising a set of alternative future models for setting social assistance rates and withdrawal rates. All three consider the implications of different approaches for work incentives, fairness and adequacy.
Start-end date: June 2015 - December 2015
Sponsor: Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services
Making Work Pay Symposium
The symposium was a major federal/provincial conference, which included academics and senior policymakers from the federal and provincial governments.
Start-end date: November 2005 - November 2005
Sponsor: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
Technical assistance for the development of the Action Emploi program
Using results from the Self-Sufficiency Project to provide insights in the development of a new program to accelerate the labour market integration of long-term welfare recipients.
Start-end date: January 2001 - January 2001
Sponsor: Ministère de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale du Québec
Facilitation for the Consultation on the National Child Benefit Assessment
Start-end date: February 2000 - March 2000
Sponsor: Human Resources Development Canada (Evaluation and Data Development)
Technical assistance on the costs and benefits of “work first” welfare-to-work programs
Start-end date: August 1999 - October 1999
Sponsor: BC Ministry of Social Development and Economic Security
HRDC Social Policy Vision
Input to the document.
Start-end date: February 1999 - March 1999
Sponsor: Human Resources Development Canada
Community Employment Innovation Project
The evaluation of a multi-year demonstration project that tested the impact on individuals and their communities of an alternative form of income transfer for the unemployed with the aim to increase their employment prospects while simultaneously strengthening the capacity of local communities.
Start-end date: January 1999 - March 2008
Sponsor: Human Resources and Social Development Canada and Nova Scotia Department of Community Services
Evaluation Strategy for BC Benefits
Youth works and welfare-to-work components.
Start-end date: February 1996 - February 1996
Sponsor: BC Ministry of Skills, Training and Labour, Program Evaluation
A randomized experiment that involved over 9,000 single-parent long-term welfare recipients from New Brunswick and British Columbia to test a “make work pay” strategy to support the transition from welfare to work.
Start-end date: February 1992 - March 2006
Sponsor: Human Resources and Social Development Canada