Canada Social Report: Welfare in Canada, 2015


This report focuses on the incomes of four different households living on social assistance, commonly known as “welfare.” It is a continuation of the welfare incomes series that had been published regularly by the former National Council of Welfare. The figures presented in this report are based on the same methodology used by the Council, thereby ensuring the integrity and comparability of the data series.

The welfare incomes in this report represent the total amount that four typical family types would receive over the course of a year. The households are: a single person considered employable, a single person with a disability, a single parent with one child age 2 and a couple with two children ages 10 and 15.

Publication date: 
Nov 2016
Anne Tweddle, Ken Battle and Sherri Torjman
The Caledon Institute of Social Policy
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