Blogs

Stay informed and up-to-date! The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) has three blogs that deliver timely, progressive commentary on issues that affect Canadians. Our blogs address a range of public policy matters, including the economy, poverty, inequality, climate change, budgets, taxes, public services, employment and much more.

Find out more about each of our blogs below:

The Monitor Online (National Office, Ontario Office, Nova Scotia Office, and Saskatchewan Office)

Our site MonitorMag.ca features the best in progressive analysis. Our Monitor magazine digs deep on the biggest issues facing Canada, while Behind the Numbers offers quantitative analysis that readers can't find anywhere else. 

Policy Note (BC Office)

Policy Note examines and analyzes current and emerging policy debates, and offers solutions that are both practical and hopeful. One blog post at a time, Policy Note offers a vision of a new, vibrant British Columbia where all citizens benefit from our province’s bounty. Contributors include staff and research associates from the BC Office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Policy Fix (Manitoba Office)

Policy Fix delivers progressive analysis and commentary relevant to the issues of importance to Manitobans, with a particular emphasis on poverty and labour. Contributors include staff and research associates from the Manitoba Office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Please note that the views expressed on these blogs are those of the individual contributors, and do not necessarily represent the views of the CCPA.

Behind the Numbers
Policy Note
Policy Fix
  • Latest posts from behindthenumbers.ca

    A cure for deficit and tax phobia

    by Alex Himelfarb on February 26, 2021 The upcoming federal budget is likely to set the terms of the next federal election. The deficit hawks who had been quiet during much of the early pandemic spending are back in...

    Rethinking pink day

    by Amanda Gebhard on February 24, 2021 Throughout February and March, organizations across Canada participated in Pink Shirt Day, a nationwide “anti-bullying” movement. Pink t-shirts emblazoned with slogans like “Be a...

    U.S. farm groups and unions ask Biden to end CUSMA attack on Canada’s supply management system

    by Cathy Holtslander on February 15, 2021 On February 1, American farm, labour and civil society organizations formally asked the Biden-Harris administration to withdraw the attack on Canada’s dairy sector initiated by...

    Tripping over TRIPS

    by Katie Raso on February 11, 2021 The new year brought with it a spate of new COVID-19 lockdowns across much of the world alongside worries of new and more contagious variants of the novel coronavirus. For Canada...

    Rents keep going up, pandemic or not 

    by CCPA on February 9, 2021 News stories of rents for vacant apartments going down, coupled with anecdotes about landlords offering incentives to attract tenants, have fuelled the notion that renters have...
  • Latest posts from policynote.ca

    The need for affordable child care

    by Lynell Anderson on May 20, 2022 Canada is at a game changing moment when it comes to child care. Historic federal funding agreements with provinces and territories now support a vision for high-quality,...

    A win for BC workers: single-step union certification

    by Alex Hemingway on May 4, 2022 The BC government recently introduced legislation that allows a majority of workers in a workplace to organize a union a little more easily, making it harder for employers to...

    Do nothing by halves that can be done by quarters: 2022 federal budget

    by Marjorie Griffin Cohen on April 26, 2022 Marjorie Cohen will giving the CCPA–BC’s 2022 Gideon Rosenbluth Memorial Lecture. Details, including the lecture date, are coming soon. Sign up for our e-newsletter to...

    Financing public housing: how a massive expansion of rental homes can literally pay for itself

    by Alex Hemingway on April 21, 2022 In the face of a mounting housing crisis, what if BC could massively increase public investment in below-market rental housing—and if that upfront investment could literally pay...

    Employment rights justice denied to thousands of BC Workers

    by Pamela Charron on April 14, 2022 For decades, the BC Employment Standards Branch has not effectively enforced the Employment Standards Act, meaning thousands of workers are denied their legal rights, a new report...
  • Latest posts from the Manitoba Office blog:

    Provincial budget is a missed opportunity

    by policyfix on May 4, 2022 Previously published in the Winnipeg Free Press May 4, 2002 By Niall Harney Premier Stefanson’s first budget misses a huge opportunity to repair Manitoba’s...

    Low-cost housing in Winnipeg

    by policyfix on April 27, 2022 Previously published in the Winnipeg Free Press April 27, 2022 By Shauna MacKinnon There continues to be a severe shortage of low-cost rental supply in Winnipeg, at...

    New report shows Manitoba’s energy transition is not just possible, but practical

    by policyfix on April 22, 2022 For Immediate Release- April 22, 2022 WINNIPEG- Manitoba’s Climate Action Team has launched a bombshell report ahead of Earth Day that provides the first real...

    We’re hiring for 2 summer positions!

    by policyfix on April 20, 2022 Job Position #1 Research Assistant Impact of Unionization Research Project – Summer 2022 About The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Manitoba office (...

    Adult Education Creates Lasting Solutions

    by policyfix on April 20, 2022 By Jim Silver The number of Manitobans on Employment and Income Assistance (EIA), or social assistance, has remained high for the past quarter century. In 1996/97,...